Teaching children to reject homophobia can help stop terror attacks, according to a teacher at the centre of a gay rights row.
Andrew Moffat, who is the assistant head of Parkfield primary school in Birmingham, said getting pupils to understand ‘diversity and difference’ may help prevent further atrocities by those with extreme ideologies.
Andrew Moffat MBE, assistant headteacher at Parkfield Community School in Saltley, Birmingham
He said such lessons could stop attacks against minority communities, such as the mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week. He added: ‘The rise of the far-Right is very worrying – terrorist attacks. Look at Christchurch. Why did that happen?
‘That happened because someone doesn’t understand about diversity and difference. Someone is frightened of people who are different-skinned, a different religion.’
Mr Moffat has faced numerous protests because of his No Outsiders lessons, which he says he devised to teach about people from different backgrounds. But some Muslim parents said they were not appropriate because homosexuality is against their religion and their children were too young to learn about it.
Mr Moffat, who has been shortlisted for an international teaching prize, has been forced to abandon the lessons.
When asked whether he hoped a programme like No Outsiders could prevent future attacks, Mr Moffat said: ‘When I wrote it, that wasn’t my aim, but now I absolutely believe that.’
Assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat, who is gay, said he faced angry protests at school gates in February after teaching the ‘No Outsiders In Our School programme’ to promote LGBT equality and challenge homophobia at school