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Court bans parents protesting sexual lessons taught in UK school

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows activists protesting against sexual lessons taught in schools in the British city of Birmingham.

A top court in Britain has banned protests and demonstrations outside a school in the second largest city of Birmingham against teaching of odd sexual material to students in primary education.

The Sky News reported on Saturday that Birmingham City Council had won an injunction from Britain’s High Court against parents protesting for weeks outside Anderton Park Primary School demanding an stop to same-sex marriage lessons taught in the education center.

The interim injunction cited “increasing fears for the safety and well-being of the staff, children and parents of the school when they come back from their half-term break”. It also banned parents from using social media for commenting on a controversial program introduced in some schools in Britain which seeks to normalize same-sex relationships for young children.

Hundreds if not thousands of parents have withdrawn their children from schools in Brimingham and other cities across the UK, saying they do not want their children be exposed to the material at such a young age.

Many of those parents are Muslims who believe the education program is in direct contradiction to their religious teachings and could lead to the stigmatization of the children in the schools and in the wider society in future.

Even people with no children or no students at those schools have attended the protests saying the program should not be introduced in primary schools.

The High Court order said anyone breaking the interim restrictions would end up in prison.

The UK government has no mandatory guidelines on teaching sexual material in primary schools but has defended the voluntary introduction of the program by staff in some areas.

Education Secretary Damien Hinds welcomed the court injunction, saying it will allow children to return to Anderton Park.

Hinds said parents and staff would continue to discuss their differences on the issue although he warned that the ultimate decision would be for the school and parents will not be allowed to “have a veto on curriculum content”.

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