Christian mum sues son’s school for ‘making him take part in LGBT parade’
A devout Christian mum has sued her son’s school after she claims he was forced to take part in a LGBT pride parade.
Izzy Montagu, 28, felt the event the ‘most serious of the deadly sins’, a court heard.
Heavers Farm Primary School in South Norwood, London, had sent a letter to parents on June 19, 2018 inviting their children to partake in a Pride march.
Pupils were encouraged to ‘celebrate the differences that make them and their family special.’
But Mrs Montague took issue with the Pride event and said her four-year-old son would not be taking part.
She contacted the school and said his involvement with the LGBT celebration would reflect ‘a public display of adherence to views which she did not accept.’
Her request was refused by the headteacher Susan Papas, leading to the mum replying with a length email, Central London County Court heard.
Mrs Montague met with Ms Papas on September 19 in which the headteacher’s daughter wore a t-shirt with the slogan: ‘Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?’, the court heard.
Judge Christopher Lethem described the mum and her husband as ‘devout born-again Christians, and they bear a belief that sexual relations should be abstained from or take place within a life-long marriage between a man and a woman and any activity outside those confines is sinful.
‘They also say pride is considered to be the most serious of the deadly sins.’
While giving evidence, Mrs Montague said: ‘It [the invite to the Pride event] felt like it was lecturing me about something to do with British values and somehow we weren’t adhering to British values.’
‘I clearly was not in the know about it, but this was the way, in my opinion, to try to indoctrinate it onto us by passing it off that it was part of law or part of British values, or it was part of the national curriculum, it was trying to sell something no one wanted to buy.’
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