A group of Muslim parents complained after a four-year-old child came home from school with a book about the life of a gay couple and their son.
The book, called Daddy & # 39; s Roommate, contains daily scenes of the men shaving in their underwear and resting in bed – with the group saying that the content is not suitable for young children regardless of religion & # 39 ;.
The parents involved meet in a child support group in Hounslow, West London and say their only objection is the age of the child.
The line repeats a similar one in Birmingham, where an estimated 600 Muslim children withdrew from a school in protest against lessons on homosexuality and gender equality.
A spokeswoman for LGBT Muslims slammed the parents' statements as & # 39; traditional homophobia dressed as a faith issue & # 39 ;.
The book, called Daddy & # 39; s Roommate, was beaten by a children's support group because it shows the lives of a gay couple and their son
The children's support group, when interviewed by a BBC Local Democracy Reporter used words and phrases like & # 39; sin & # 39 ;, & # 39; corrupt & # 39; and & # 39; the correct way & # 39; when discussing the book.
The parents all refused to be named or photographed and they claim that Daddy & # 39; s roommate borders on indoctrination and teach a practice that they believe prohibits their religion.
& # 39; We must stop brainwashing our children & # 39;
A father compared Daddy & # 39; s Roomate with giving a book to a child with smoking, gun use or even terrorism.
He said: Today's topic is why the children are affected?
& # 39; Only because of LGBT rights – the vast majority of people who just want to live a normal life.
& # 39; And a normal life is – beyond any belief or religion – the normal life is to have a family, a man, a woman, a child, a family, without any influence on the children of an education they don't need.
& # 39; We must stop brainwashing children. & # 39;
The book contains daily scenes of the men shaving together in their underwear and resting in bed
Although it is not clear how the book ended up in the child's school bag and regardless of whether it was given to the child by a member of the school staff, another mother asked why parents were not consulted about whether they wanted their children to received school. book, or learn about homosexuality.
The mother also asked why all children received the book, while only a small percentage would grow up to LGBT.
She said: & # 39; Why don't they designate a special school for children with gay and lesbian problems?
& # 39; I want them to learn the right way, and if they change when they become gay or lesbian when they get older – the normal way people actually came out – we'll have to accept that. & # 39;
& # 39; Do not damage a four-year-old, a five-year-old. God's law is Adam and Eve, and that's how we grew up. & # 39;
Another mother said she would not object to the book if it was given to older students, in year five or six, when they had a better understanding of who they are.
She said: & # 39; That's when they need help, advice or support. At the age of four, they know nothing about feeling or help, or do they know if they are lesbian or gay. & # 39;
The group claims that the content is not suitable for young children, regardless of their beliefs. A boy, four, came home from school with the book in his bag
The woman said that children are looking up everything on their smartphones or computers today, and she was worried that her children would do exactly that.
When asked if it would be good for homosexuality to be normalized before he or she reached puberty, she said no.
Ezra Stripe, a spokesperson for Hidayah, who says it supports and cancels LGBT Muslims, said it was important that even young children understood that two mothers or two fathers were normal and acceptable.
She said: & # 39; I have a five year old son and he has two mothers. The children in his class must be aware that a family has been set up, whether or not their parents agree. & # 39;
She said it was wrong to say that books like Daddy & # 39; s Roommate would not encourage children to be gay, because this would implicitly mean that there was something wrong with that outcome.
& # 39; I don't think a child makes homosexuality teaching homosexual. I think it's a built-in thing, but at the same time more people will realize it at a younger age if they have access to information about it. & # 39;
& # 39; People go through life while they are miserable and do not know what is wrong with them, and they come to their mid-40s and realize that they are gay. & # 39;
A mother said she would not object to the book if it was given to older students, in year five or six, when they had a better understanding of who they are
About ten percent of the population is gay or bisexual, but only five percent in the UK are Muslims, Ms. Stripe said. The argument that lessons are not relevant to most people does not matter.
She said: & # 39; We are still talking about Islam in our lessons and consider religious education not complete unless Islam is in it. & # 39;
& # 39; It's the same argument about racist parents and sexist parents, but school needs to teach children how to function as a functioning member of society.
& # 39; It fits into a society that accepts LGBT people that children learn that too. & # 39;
Ms. Stripe said that most interpretations of the Quran label homosexuality as a sin, but more liberal and modern scholars find different interpretations.
She said in the previous survey that 48 percent of British Muslims accepted LGBT people as members of the community.
She thinks that British Islam will embrace LGBT.
The outrage comes after an estimated 600 Muslim children were taken from Parkfield Community School in Birmingham last month as a protest against lessons on homosexuality and gender
One of the play group mothers claimed that if she had given the same book to a toddler ten or fifteen years ago, serious questions would have been asked at school about what they had been exposed to.
She said: & # 39; They would have called social services with us, but now it's good, because the government has said they want to enforce them. & # 39;
On the front of the book it says that it has been published by a program called No Outsiders.
According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, No Outsiders was developed in 2014 by the school in question to teach about diversity and tolerance and is not considered to be a matter of relationships or sex education.
They said there was no direct link between the No Outsiders program and the introduction by the government of relationships in education in primary schools and in relationships and sex education in high schools.
The children from the school participated last month in the campaign against lessons about LGBT lifestyles
When asked about the book, they said: “Great Britain is a modern, multicultural society, built on the foundations of inclusion, diversity, and respect for others. Schools play a key role in this, learning to live together is the core of education. & # 39;
& # 39; An important part of preparing children for life in modern Britain is making sure they understand the world in which they grow up.
& # 39; For the first time we are making relationships in education – learning how to treat each other with kindness and attention – mandatory in all primary schools from 2020. This will be the building blocks for a positive relationship.
& # 39; There is no reason why children learn about the diverse society we live in and the different types of loving, healthy relationships that exist cannot be done in a way that respects everyone's views. & # 39;
The department did say that relationship education lessons should be delivered in a way that is appropriate for the age and after consultation and dialogue with the parents – which, according to the Hounslow group, did not happen.
When the new lessons come into effect in 2020, parents have the right to ask their child to withdraw from sex education, but children cannot follow relationship education.
The school that supposedly published the book could not be reached for comment.