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Parents in LGBT protest aren’t the real extremists – teachers are


CONDEMNED as shameful and as threatening the fabric of our society, protests have resumed outside Birmingham schools against their LGBT teaching and promotion of gay and transgender lifestyles.

Gay rights activists claiming the moral high ground have protested in turn their belief ‘in love and harmony and everyone getting along and being equal’. Love conquers hate, they chant, with the implication that anyone opposing their agenda is intolerant and driven by hate. Sara Khan, the Government’s Commissioner for Countering Extremism, previously likened the Birmingham protesters to a mob while they are portrayed elsewhere in the media as uniquely Muslim and illiberal.

Yet Muslims are far from the only parents or commentators to be concerned about the ‘No Outsiders’ programme that remains integral to these schools’ teaching ethos. Christians, Jews and those of no faith have also expressed their deep discomfort and concern. 

The truth is that on this issue the real extremists are not the parents but the teachers and lobbyists who want to change our society. This they’ve revealed in their publications on the topic:

‘In a nutshell, we are asking teachers to change, and not simply mirror our society’, two of these revolutionaries have declared. They believe ‘the next phase is for teachers to take their work out into the community, spread the good practice’, by demonstrating the positive impact of institutional change and by turning it into ‘societal change’.

Andrew Moffat, the assistant head teacher at one of the schools involved, has argued, speciously, that the beauty of living in the UK is ‘that people can hold different views yet still show each other respect and live alongside each other’ yet still outlines a programme whereby children are used to convert their parents into accepting his LGBT-centric views.

It was after Mr Moffat’s resignation from a previous job – resulting from parents’ complaints about his LGBT agenda –  that he ‘learned from that situation’ and rewrote his LGBT advocacy as ‘No Outsiders’ deliberately to include all ‘equalities’, not just LGBT.

The media may have fallen for this ‘cover’, that schools are simply and virtuously ‘promoting equality’ and ‘tackling homophobia’, but Moffat has yet to convince the parents at his new school, Parklands. Little wonder – you hardly need to scratch below the surface to discover that the equality agenda is being used to sugarcoat the LGBT pill. Parents are not unreasonably asking whether ‘equalities’ teaching material like this counts as education or LGBT indoctrination?

Tackling homophobia turns out to be ‘a discourse we all tend to appropriate when we communicate with government bodies or with the general public through the popular media‘. So say the project members who advocate this approach. Furthermore they explain: ‘We have also discovered that the stances we take and the discourses we draw upon depend not only on the context and audience but also on our own fundamental understandings of what it means to go “beyond tolerance” of LGBT people.’

Going ‘beyond tolerance’ quite explicitly means one thing. It means ‘challenging heteronormativity’, for which half a million pounds has been awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council to help achieve this goal.

For those of you who might be wondering what is meant by ‘heteronormativity’, it refers to the existing Western Judeao-Christian social and cultural norms, legal traditions and institutions that shape our society but that some LGBT people claim makes them feel they don’t fit in. It includes the fundamental belief and knowledge that we are all male and female, that though the world can be divided into homo and heterosexual people, marriage is between a man and a woman, monogamous, and that it is only men and women who together can reproduce. All of this comes under what these revolutionary theorists call the heteronormative umbrella.

And the goal is to smash it as this YouTube presentation makes clear.

Smashing heteronormativity means destroying the traditional family. The ‘two mummies’ or ‘two daddies’ myth or make-believe – the sop which they repeat ad nauseam – is central to it.

Just as our children are taught to deny there are two sexes – male and female – the next lie they are made to believe, that some children have two mummies or two daddies, is born of an ideology intent on severing the association between parenthood, reproduction and sex. 

There has of course always been some ‘parenting’ flexibility, even in the Bible where Hagar helps out Abraham and Sarah, but it is as a response to a problem not held up as either an ideal or an equally valid alternative. That pater and mater are our genitor and genitrix is a pretty much universal cross-cultural fact since history began.

Of course some children may have to be adopted, or cared for by step-parents, men or women, but being in loco parentis does not and cannot change the basic biological and social reality. No matter how objectionable our parents, we know that if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here.

Removing reproduction from the parental relationship destroys the meanings of mother and father, fragmenting motherhood into genetic contribution, surrogacy and caring. But the whole is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. Mothers are born when women give birth. The fundamental role of the father after conception is to provide for the mother-and-child unit, and despite every attempt to stop him  he knits the child into the outside world.

But how can the institution of fatherhood exist without a mother and child to care for? When gays and lesbians become mothers and/or fathers, their families can, for a while, ‘piggyback’ on the structures created by the heterosexual family. But those who would challenge ‘heteronormativity’ see it as something which ultimately needs to be overcome: 

‘This essentialism, however strategic, runs the risk of reifying categories that a queer project seeks to disrupt – for example, by reinforcing the perceived superiority of the particular type of monogamous, child-centred family relationship embodied by the penguins’. 

You may find it hard to believe but such balderdash is published and taken seriously. But if we allow this pretence – that the biological relationship is irrelevant, that it makes no difference whether a child has one mother or two dads, that monogamy and marriage are unimportant – the family has no chance of surviving.

It is this that the Birmingham protesters are up against – people who are wilfully wrecking the foundations of our society, ideologues who have woven their way into the heart of the educational establishment and have its backing. They need support not condemnation. Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists alike need to work together to nurture a society based on truth and a civilisation fit to care for the children of our children.

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Belinda Brown
Belinda Brown
Belinda Brown is author of 'The Private Revolution' and a number of well-cited academic papers. More recently, she has started writing and blogging for The Daily Mail and The Conservative Woman. She has a particular interest in men's issues and the damage caused by feminism.

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