Some Muslim parents have complained about a couple of story books used at two Bristol primary schools. As a result the books have been pulled. So is this some sort of anti-Muslim rant? Far from it.
The books are characterised by the school as part of their “anti-homophobia” curriculum for five-year-olds. One is a fairytale about a prince who turns down three princesses. He marries the brother of one of them. The other is set in a New York zoo, where two male penguins who fall in love. Bristol City Council says they were intended to help prevent homophobic bullying.
What five-year-olds are engaged in homophobic bullying? What five-year-olds are holding themselves out as homosexual?
This is exactly the reason it was wrong to repeal Section 28. The use of these books is clearly about promoting not only homosexuality, but homosexual marriage equivalents. Parents complained that children were coming home asking questions about same-sex relationships when there had never even been discussion about heterosexual relationships.
The schools in question are 60%-70% Muslim. Perhaps because Muslims are unacceptably unaccepting of homosexual behaviour, the school and the local council have felt the needed to force the issue on the children at such a young age. Parents complained so much the council has temporarily removed the books from the curriculum, which just goes to prove the council’s point.
The sad thing is that it is only Muslim parents that can get this done. If it were Christian parents, the council would have simply ignored them.