Devout mother accuses school of being ‘Christian-phobic’ over LGBT pride parade

A devout mother who claims her four-year-old son was forced to take part in a school LGBT Pride parade accused his headteacher of being “Christian-phobic.”

Izzy Montague, 38, said Susan Papas of Heavers Farm Primary School in South Norwood, south-east London, had told her that her son could not opt ​​out of the June 2018 event.

She contacted the school asking for an apology for her child’s attendance after receiving an invite to the school’s Pride event in June 2018.

The invitation stated that the school would “celebrate the differences that make you and your child’s family special.”

Ms. Montague’s request was rejected by the school, which led to Ms. Montague calling for Ms. Papas’ resignation.

Izzy Montague, 38, said Susan Papas of Heavers Farm Primary School in South Norwood, south-east London, had told her that her son could not opt ​​out of the June 2018 event

Today, Ms. Montague continued her testimony to the court: “I think anyone who decides that children should march for LGBT should not be an elementary school principal.”

Ian Clarke, representative for the school, told Ms Montague during cross-examination: ‘So even before you meet Ms Papas, you are asking for her resignation.

“Since this was before you had any contact with the school about the complaint, had no one from the leadership team spoken to you about the content of the parade?”

Ms Montague replied: ‘I don’t think it was about the curriculum, it was about forcing children to parade in front of LGBT people. None of that had changed after the complaint was filed.

“She supported the idea that children should march for LGBT people, that was before the complaint, and was still supported by her after the complaint, nothing had changed.”

Mr Clarke said: ‘You contacted the press before the complaint and you used a fake name for any possible repercussions from the school.

“But at this point, you wouldn’t have had any repercussions for not contacting the school?”

“The fact that my child was not exempt from the event happened, so that’s why I had contacted the newspapers. In my eyes, my child was already excluded,” the mother replied.

“But he was told he could come to school?” said Mr. Clarke.

Mrs. Montague replied, “But if he came to school, he should have marched.”

“The reason I used a (false name) was because I didn’t want to be intimidated or taken advantage of.

“I would have been afraid that if the school found out I made these comments in the paper, they would have harassed and victimized my child and caused more abuse.”

Ms Montague Claimed Her Son'S Principal Is A

Ms Montague claimed her son’s principal is a “bully” and the school (pictured) is corrupt

Mr. Clarke said, “We see the e-mail you sent to the school on July 13 … would you accept that you could have worded your complaint more neutrally?”

“Thinking about how I phrased it, yes, I understand how it could be seen or perceived as an uncomfortable book and not very pleasant for Susan Papas. But then and even now I tried to be as honest as possible about how I felt,’ Mrs. Montague replied.

“And you accuse Mrs. Papas of being a bully and the head of a corrupt organization… Mrs. Papas never bullied you, did she?” asked Mr. Clarke.

“My view is forcing someone to follow something against their will, I think that’s bullying,” Ms Montague said.

“Is the school corrupt?” asked Mr. Clarke.

She replied, “It marketed itself as welcoming to the community, but it certainly wasn’t welcoming to my family and our Christian views, and I think that’s a form of corruption.

“You say Mrs. Papa’s comments are Christian-phobic, but you don’t give examples, do you?” said Mr. Clarke.

Mrs. Montague replied, “My idea of ​​saying (she) was Christianphobic was (in reference to saying) anything that was just a disagreement with the homosexual lifestyle was homophobic.

“Homophobia is a mental illness, so saying someone who has Christian values ​​is actually saying they have a mental illness.”

“But you can’t give us a concrete example of something Christian-phobic right now?” asked the lawyer.

The mother replied, ‘All I have said is that my child cannot attend because they are Christians.

Mr Clarke said: ‘Ms Papas said (the school has) a ‘wealth of different family structures’… (the parade) is not about gay sex… it was just about different families.

And then (the kids drew) a picture of their families, they sang some songs and then in class thought about how we’re all different.

“Do you accept that Mrs. Papas has said something to that effect during this meeting?”

“I accept,” Mrs. Montague replied.

“The message was just that different people have different families and we accept that, do you like that message?

“Okay, yes,” Mrs. Montague replied.

Mr Clarke said: ‘It’s not about gay sex or anything special, especially at reception. So the message that people have different families is accepted. That message has nothing to do with gay sex, does it?’

“No,” replied the mother.

“And if we draw what makes you proud to be yourself, and if we ignore the word pride and replace it with what makes you ‘grateful’ about yourself, isn’t that undisputed?” asked the lawyer.

“Yes… if it says that the child is thankful for all that God has given him, that would be fine,” the mother replied.

‘And signing the songs, don’t you have a problem with that?’ asked Mr. Clarke.

“I don’t remember complaining about what was being taught. I complained that it was a direct result of celebrating LGBT, and I didn’t want my child to take part in a pride month celebration,” Ms Montague said.

“But what Ms. Papas is saying is this isn’t about LGBT, it’s broader than that, especially at the reception, it’s about different families,” Mr Clarke continued.

“What is pride in your eyes?” asked the lawyer.

Ms Montague replied: ‘I believe it’s about gay liberation, being able to sleep freely and have sex with whoever you want, without discrimination and the threat of violence or imprisonment.

“It breaks the idea that sex should be within marriage and that sexual ideologies should be free.”

“What do you disagree with in that notion of pride?” asked the lawyer.

Izzy Montague Appeared On Itv In 2018 To Argue That Teaching Lgbt Issues Is Wrong.  She Said It Should Be Her Choice Whether To Teach Her Children About Lgbt

Izzy Montague appeared on ITV in 2018 to argue that teaching LGBT issues is wrong. She said it should be her choice whether to teach her children about LGBT

Mrs. Montague replied, ‘I believe that a man and a woman should have sexual relations in marriage, so there is no liberty in that. We don’t go around having sex whenever we want with whoever we want.

“I believe that as a Christian I must bring as many people as possible to Christ. So it’s not something I would preach to people that you should be free to have sex with whoever you want, although I wouldn’t punish it, I certainly wouldn’t celebrate it.”

The lawyer asked, “And the only solution in your mind was for your son to be excused from classes that contradicted your beliefs?”

“I followed human rights laws…so yes, I thought it was more than fair to say that if you introduced topics that were inconsistent with my beliefs, it would be removed,” the mother replied.

“Wouldn’t you be happy if the history of the Stone Wall riots were taught?” asked Mr. Clarke.

“If it becomes part of the curriculum as part of history…and if it’s taught where the kids are allowed to express openly whether they think it’s wrong or (it’s) disgusting, then yes,” she replied.

“But I don’t think they would do that in elementary school.”

Ms Montague, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, is suing the school for direct and indirect discrimination, victimization and breach of legal duty under the Education Act 1996 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

It is the first time a British court has examined the legality of imposing LGBT ideology on primary schools.

The hearing continues.

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