Christian mom takes school to court over forcing 4 year old to attend LGBT pride parade, watch video of men kissing
A U.K. court is hearing the case of a devout, born-again Christian whose 4-year-old son was forced to participate in an LGBT pride parade. It’s the first time a British court will decide the legality of imposing LGBT ideology on primary school-age students.
Izzy Montague filed the lawsuit against Heaver’s Farm Primary School in Croydon, South London, on the grounds of discrimination, victimization and breach of statutory duties under the Education Act 1996 and the Human Rights Act 1998, according to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the 38-year-old mother.
On the first day of the eight-day hearing on Wednesday, Judge Christopher Lethem of the Central London county court said Montague and her husband are “devout born-again Christians, and they bear a belief that sexual relations should be abstained from or take place within a lifelong marriage between a man and a woman and any activity outside those confines is sinful,” The Times U.K. reported.
“They also say pride is considered to be the most serious of the deadly sins,” added the judge.
The court will also examine the impact of forced LGBT ideology on religious discrimination, parental rights and the duty of schools to maintain political neutrality.
In June 2018, the head teacher of a southeast London school informed Montague that her son couldn’t opt out of an LGBT pride march event. The school sent a letter inviting pupils to “celebrate differences,” but after Montague asked for her son to be excused, her request was denied.
Montague argued that the parade was discriminatory against children following Christian or other mainstream religions and created a hostile and intimidating atmosphere for parents who opposed LGBT ideology being imposed on their children.
At a subsequent formal meeting between Izzy and the school hierarchy to discuss the concerns, the head teacher’s daughter wore a T-shirt that read: “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic, when you can just be quiet?”
The June 2018 pride month event at the primary school was heavily influenced by Stonewall, an LGBT activist organization, Christian Legal Centre said.
“Stonewall posters were emblazoned across the school, children were shown Stonewall videos during lessons, and children as young as 4 were read stories promoted by the organization aimed at normalizing same-sex relationships. LGBT pride flags were spread across the school and children were encouraged to wear rainbow colors and children as young as 4 were shown videos of two men kissing.”
Numerous parents have claimed that the school is aggressively promoting the LGBT agenda to children younger than 12 in a manner that infringes on their parental rights. Some parents were afraid to speak out over concerns that their children would be further victimized or expelled. Montague felt she was being bullied and withdrew her son from the school before launching her legal challenge.
Christian Legal Centre said the case highlights concerns about the implementation of the government’s Relationships and Sex Education policy.
Issues include the lack of protection for parents to opt their children out of lessons with sexualized themes contrary to their religious beliefs and the lack of definition of “age-appropriate” content for primary school children, the group said.
This leaves schools vulnerable to the influence of partisan agencies and teachers promoting political ideas as facts.
Christian Legal Centre added that schools were blocking parents from accessing materials taught through RSE and the curriculum is not transparent, contrary to government promises.