Children and Religion should not mix

When parents abuse faith to teach intolerance

I can hear the guffaws and high horses being lined up already.

Two parents on the Isle of Wight are taking a school to court to sue them for not protecting their precious little six year old from the horrific dangers of the classroom that made him ill.

The danger? Asbestos? Mould? Gas fumes? Ingestion of chemicals? Food poisoning? Infectious illness?

No: the deadly affliction known as “Confusion”.

The cause? Advanced algebra? Thermodynamics? Philosophy of Plato? Particle Physics?

No: the cognitive canon-ball of seeing a boy in a dress.

“Our concerns were raised when our son came back home from school saying he was confused as to why and how a boy was now a girl.”

POSSIBLE answer: “No dear, he hasn’t turned into a girl so suddenly. What he did was choose to wear clothes that you would usually see a girl wearing. I think that is okay, and it is interesting. It’s nothing to worry about. In fact, let’s see if we can LEARN SOMETHING about people’s clothes this evening.”

ACTUAL answer: He, my son, is the spawn of the devil. He is a heathen in God’s eyes. A sinner. We should smite him, and his parents. God will punish him with a lifetime of ridicule. Praise Jesus for giving you the wisdom to alert us so. You shall be gifted your place in heaven for reporting the work of the devil and not being drawn into temptation like the rest of the school. A plague open their households. Worry not, my child, you shall not suffer the work of the devil again. We shall keep you protected at home and we shall punish the school in God’s name. Praise the Lord. Praise Jesus. Punish the sinner.

The Arrogance of Insistence
These parents have claimed the confusion made the boy so ill he had to miss school, and they have had to withdraw him completely. As a result, they are seeking to sue the school for not allowing them, as parents, to impose their Christian Values upon the entire school and insist that all other parents adhere to their Christian values. The arrogance of their insistence is shocking.

“We believe it is wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgenderism, boys are boys and girls are girls. Gender dysphoria is something we as Christians need to address with love and compassion, but not in the sphere of a primary school environment.”

“Love and compassion”…but treating a boy who simply puts on a dress as a kind of “freak”. They have decided that it is a case of gender dysphoria and transgenderism as if it is something that their precious child must be protected from.

So they keep both their children at home to make sure they learn those Christian values of intolerance, just as Jesus taught. Right? Those Christian values of “despise thy neighbour” — especially when they don’t fit into your belief system.

The irony is that all the other children at the school would have either completely ignored it or, more likely, chatted happily with the boy wearing a dress — their friend — and happily carried on … dare I say it … as “normal”. Whilst the children at the school are clearly growing up in an environment that is supportive, positive, and nurturing, these two parents want to hide their child away.

What will they do if they come across the boy and the parents in a shop? Forbid their child from speaking? Take out a cross and wave it at the sinners? Run away screaming, splashing holy water behind them as protection? And then sue the shop for the incident?

Even the Diocese is speaking more sense
Thankfully, the school is actually a C of E school, and the Diocese of Portsmouth has said:

“Our schools are inclusive, safe spaces where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds. We comply with the legal requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and believe that all should feel welcomed, valued and nurtured as part of a learning community.”

I’m not normally one to fall on the sides of the church or religion, but this time it is different. How refreshing it is to have a C of E school, and the Diocese standing up for LGBT awareness. Good for them. My only thinking is that it is shame the school has not been named

The irony is that such important life values are now what that 6 year old is missing out on…in the name of their religious values, which they are imposing on him. The school is teaching all its children acceptance in a way that suits children — children who are not born discriminating, they are taught it.

Yet another example of how religion is used — or misused — in order to devalue and attack anyone who does not conform to a doctrine.

As a taxpayer, I object to the notion that anyone should be allow to sue a school just because they cannot temper their hate. Dress it up whatever way you like — they hate and fear difference, and they are using their own ignorance to justify the emotional damage their prejudice has already caused their child.

Driven to “illness” by “confusion” about a boy in a skirt? What’s next — demand that we ban gay pride; what about banning all panto dames, too?

I think David Walliams should send them a signed copy of his book, “The Boy in the Dress.”

The Hypocrisy of Hatred
If teachers were told to spy on Muslim children and alert the authorities of extremist views, why are they not instructed to do the same with Christian pupils? These parents are isolating their children in order to impose anti-diversity values and ensure that tolerance and understanding are not in their children’s grasp. They have openly made it clear that they will teach their children that boys wearing girls clothes is “wrong.” In 10 years’ time, when their sons are 16 and 18, and when the world has made another decade of progress of this issue, these to boys will step out into the world with a very lonely self-righteous hate on their shoulders.

Frankly, they are abusing their child by robbing them of the open opportunity to learn, along with their peers, not because they chose home schooling as a better educational provision, but on the basis that they are guided by a transgender hating deity.

If a Muslim did anything comparable…it would be called a “hate crime.” When I was a teacher, a 6 year old Muslim child one tore up a Christmas card and screamed that it was haram. PArents were called, concerns were raised, and much discussion was had about how unhealthy it was to fill a six year old’s mind with such lessons of intolerance.

Why is intolerance and hatred not challenged just because it is Christian? All too often I see children brainwashed by religion in a way that teaches them that their faith is right and others who do not agree are wrong, sinners, or even evil.

Call it what you like: children are not born able to hate. They are taught it. And religion has a hell of a lot to answer for on that front.

Self Published author, also writes as @inasmanywords. Campaigner for justice: especially supporting the falsely accused, and children.