Press TV – Feb 5, 2020
A Birmingham dad who refused to submit to a school’s controversial and insensitive sexual equality policy is facing jail over his non-compliance.
Jabar Hussain, 51, refused to let his son attend school because of a protracted dispute at Parkfield Community School in Alum Rock (Birmingham) over compulsory lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lessons.
Hussain, like many other Muslim parents, refused to allow his child to attend the lessons on religious grounds.
The school suspended the so-called equality lessons in March 2019 (officially called the No Outsiders programme) only to re-introduce them in June, a move which infuriated concerned parents.
Concerned parents, most of whom are Muslim, have long argued that the programme is a cover for promoting homosexuality and transgenderism.
The concerned parents have argued that young children should not be exposed to such contentious issues at a tender age.
Mr Hussein faces a hefty fine (to the tune of £2,500) and a potential three-month jail sentence for refusing to let his nine-year-old son attend school, where he would have been exposed to the controversial No Outsiders programme.
Mr Hussain is reportedly seeking a judicial review on the grounds that the controversial programme is “incompatible” with his rights and Muslim faith.
The judicial review has been proposed on “safeguarding risk” grounds in so far as it allegedly promotes distorted notions of gender identity.
The legal case, in addition to broader issues related to the controversial No Outsiders programme, is widely seen as an example of deep communal divisions and religious tensions in Britain.
In addition, the school’s and Birmingham City Council’s insistence on implementing the controversial programme against the wishes of concerned parents has given rise to fears that the British establishment is determined to impose its norms and values on ethnic and religious minorities.
Protesting parents were further dismayed in March 2019, when the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted – the government department responsible for inspecting schools) ruled that the No Outsiders programme is “age-appropriate”.