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Journalist says it isn't homophobic for parents to protest against LGBTQ lessons

Dilly Hussain claimed that protesting LGBTQ lessons isn't homophobic but a 'theological standpoint'

2019-03-27

Piers Morgan hits out at a journalist who claims parents protesting LGBTQ lessons are not homophobic.

Dilly Hussain, deputy editor of British Muslim site 5Pillars, argued on Good Morning Britain today (March 27) that parents have the right to protest against LGBTQ+ lessons in schools which contradict their beliefs.

Hussain claimed that this shouldn’t be seen as homophobic but Piers argued that thinking homosexuality was sinful meant being homophobic.

Hussain then replied: “It’s not homophobia but a theological standpoint. It’s not inciting violence or hatred.

“Do we not live in a society that we ardently disagree about fundamental issues about man, life and the universe?

“That doesn’t mean we hate the people we disagree with.”

Following a protest outside Parkfield School in Birmingham, other schools in the area faced protests after including the No Outsiders programme.

During a protest outside Anderton Park Primary School, parents handed out leaflets saying ‘We DO NOT believe in homosexuality. Parents do NOT want their children’s belief changed’.

While on Good Morning Britain, Hussain outrageously claimed that children were being ‘sexualised’ and said: “I think it’s a symptomatic issue of a wider problem, which is the increasing sexualisation of children in wider society, and the encroachment by the state in the rights of parents.

“It's not just an issue of same sex relations, it's any type of sexual relations and gender identity that children are being exposed to.

“The reason why parents have resorted to petitions and protests in Birmingham has been a lack of consultation.”

Piers then asked the journalist whether the ‘underpinning this is a belief among Muslims that homosexuality is wrong’, Hussain replied: “According to my faith, yes.

“The parents have consistently maintained they do not have any issues with the Equality Act, but religious beliefs are also protected.” He then went on to say that homosexuality was a choice.

The journalist then claimed that Muslims who thought homosexuality is a sin could still ‘co-exist as a society’ with LGBTQ people who rejected their ‘theological and religious’ views.

Asked for his message to gay Muslims in Britain, he said: “Inclinations towards the same sex within Islam and other Abrahamic faiths is no different to any other sin.

“Just because you have engaged in that sin does not mean you have been excommunicated in that faith.

“Moving forward there has to be engagement and transparency between schools and parents.”