Christian parents in the UK are accusing a Church of England primary school of going against the Christian faith by indoctrinating young students with transgender ideology, claiming that children as young as 3 can be “non-binary “.
Parents Calvin and Nicola Watts removed their three children from St. Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Tenterden, Kent, earlier this year due to alleged “trans indoctrination” at the school. according to The Times of London.
The Watts, who are being represented by the London-based Christian Legal Centre, claim their 8-year-old daughter was forced to watch a video at school about a children’s book titled “It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book on Gender Identity,” which was read by Nana Ceecee and written by Theresa Thorn, an American author whose son is reportedly transgender .
The book explores the topic of children who are supposed to be “both a boy and a girl,” or “neither a boy nor a girl,” or “non-binary,” telling readers, “It’s possible that your gender identity It doesn’t match what people thought. you were when you were born.”
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Despite having explained in writing his religious opposition to the “lessons that [normalized] LGBT Relations,” the Watts claim their daughter was shown the video without her knowledge or consent, according to a statement provided to Fox News Digital.
“When we found out that extreme transgender ideology was being pushed onto our 8-year-old son without our consent, we were shocked and horrified,” the Watts said. “We feel very disrespected and betrayed, as we had asked at the beginning of the year that our children not be exposed to any LGBT ideology.”
When they met with the director with their concerns, the Watts claimed that they “were made to be ‘unloving,'” which they noted “couldn’t be further from the truth.”
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“Our primary concern is the well-being of our children and their classmates after being exposed to such harmful material. However, once we expressed our concern, the school’s priority was to close us,” they said. “If you look at Nana Ceecee’s video, it can only be described as child abuse – it’s unscientific, has nothing to do with relationships, and promotes the idea that 3-year-olds can come out as non-binary to their parents.”
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Stuart Reeves, chief executive of the Tenterden Schools Trust, which oversees the school, told Fox News Digital in a statement that he had met with Watts’s parents “to discuss their concerns in detail” and that he “subsequently spoke with our teaching staff to understand better the decisions that were made in relation to the use of this particular resource”.
“While I understand the concerns of Mr. and Mrs. Watts, I have not found any evidence to suggest the promotion of any particular ideology at this school. While we do not expect parents to view or approve of all of our teaching resources, we do appreciate the need for greater transparency and clarity around certain issues and willingness [endeavor] to achieve this in the future,” Reeves continued.
“We remain committed to creating a culture of openness and acceptance in our schools, where children feel free to express themselves and ask questions knowing that they will be supported and cared for,” Reeves added.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Canterbury also provided Fox News Digital with a copy of a letter Reeves sent to the Watts, acknowledging that the topic was “not appropriate for all children,” noting that there were two qualified adults in the room to answer any questions from the children when the video was shown.
“In view of the sensitive nature of the subject, it would have been better to have checked with the director for the appropriateness of the resource,” Reeves wrote.
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A Church of England spokesperson told Fox News Digital that “decisions about teaching relationships, sex and health education, including the resources used, are the responsibility of the school’s governing body in consultation with parents”.
during an interview Speaking to Britain’s GB News on Wednesday, Calvin Watts said that by enrolling their children in a Church of England school, he and his wife hoped to avoid exposing their children to the gender ideology they oppose on the grounds of his Christian faith.
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“As a Christian, I look at the teachings of the Bible, and it is very clear on this subject. God made man and woman, [male] and woman, and the Church of England has completely rejected the Bible,” Watts said.
“And basically what they’ve done is they’ve kicked the Bible over for politics, and that’s why they’re in such a mess, because their backbone is completely gone. And the Bible sums it up nicely: it says they look of godliness, but deny his power,” Watts continued, referring to the third chapter of Second Timothy.
“And that’s why secular people, as well as Bible-believing Christians, look at the church and say, what do you really stand for? And when are you going to go back to the Bible you say you believe?” added Watts.
The Church of England has lately faced calls to “scrap”Valuing all God’s children(VAGC), your guide to schools critics support opens the door to affirming children as young as 5 in the opposite sex.
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the church of england has denied that VAGC encourages the claim that young children are transgender.