Keep Clause 28 Grave Danger in Government Plans to Repeal Clause 28

26 January 2000

The Muslim Council of Britain is completely opposed to the Government’s plans to repeal Clause 28 of the local government act which will allow the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

These plans represent a significant departure from the liberal wish to openly accommodate a small section of society to a policy of thrusting and imposing lifestyles and values on others which they find repugnant. This amounts to a violation of rights.

Moreover, the Government does not seem to have thought through the social and economic implications of its policy of allowing the promotion of homosexuality in schools. This policy is in serious conflict with the Government’s own ‘pro-family’ proclamations and its concern for law and order. The Government should not be surprised if people regard it as lacking in consistency and good sense.Moreover, the Government does not seem to have thought through the social and economic implications of its policy of allowing the promotion of homosexuality in schools. This policy is in serious conflict with the Government’s own ‘pro-family’ proclamations and its concern for law and order. The Government should not be surprised if people regard it as lacking in consistency and good sense.

We do believe that the repeal of Section 28 will expose our young children, even from a very tender age, to immoral values and practices. It will also undermine the institution of the family and damage the fabric of our society. Any teaching in schools which presents homosexual practices as equivalent to marriage or in a morally neutral way is profoundly offensive and totally unacceptable.

We do not want the values of the home and family undermined in schools and by our elected representatives.

The MCB is calling upon all Muslims individually and all mosques and institutions in the country to convey their outrage to their local MPs and to raise public awareness of the dangers of the Government’s plans to repeal Clause 28. It also urges them to join with other faith groups who recognise that homosexual practices are morally wrong. It is not without reason that both the Bible and the Qur’an, for example, strongly condemn homosexuality as a grave transgression.

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