Labour MP: Parents against LGBT sex education ‘should know better’
Openly gay Labour MP Wes Streeting said conservative parents protesting inclusive relationships and sex education (RSE) in primary schools “should know better.”
The former Stonewall campaigner said on BBC’s Newsnight on Wednesday (May 16) that hatred towards minorities is on the rise, and that Muslims “bearing the brunt” of hatred towards religious communities should know what it feels like to be discriminated against.
“Those of us who are on the receiving end of prejudice know better than anyone what that feels like, and we have a responsibility in the current climate to stand alongside each other,” he said.
Streeting is the co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on British Muslims.
“I’m an openly gay parliamentarian in the gayest parliament in the world, I’m an Anglican & my church’s teaching on sexuality is at odds with my own experience”
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) May 15, 2019
Wes Streeting’s message to parents: “You should know better”
Streeting said: “I’ve got some bad news for the parents holding up placards saying, ‘We are not homophobic.’ You’re standing alongside people making those statements, talking about proselytising to children, the homosexual agenda, promiscuity.
“If you are a perpetrator of that language, if you are a bystander to that language, I’m afraid you’re homophobic. And my message to them is: You should know better.”
Newsnight showed an interview with protest organiser Amir Ahmed who said that children are being “conditioned to accept this as a normal way of life and it makes the children more promiscuous as they grow older.”
“It’s not about gay and lesbian rights and equality, this is purely about proselytising a homosexual way of life,” said Ahmed.
“Changing laws is only part of the challenge, it’s about changing hearts and minds.”
— Wes Streeting
Streeting sat opposite Leicester imam Ibrahim Mogra, who said he didn’t think there was an “active effort” on the part of the LGBT+ community to “convert” people.
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