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Muslim parents in UK protest LGBT curriculum that some describe as brainwashing

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'This is nothing but indoctrination of our children'

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More than 200 Muslim parents and children protested Thursday outside a primary school in England over the school's LGBT curriculum that some parents have condemned as brainwashing, Fox News reported.

The program, dubbed "No Outsiders," was developed five years ago by Andrew Moffat, the assistant head of Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, who is gay.

"This is a brainwash. We bring our children here so they can later work as a solicitor or a teacher, not to be taught about being gay or a lesbian," Abdul Ma, 46, told the Sun in an earlier interview.

Thursday's protest was one of many that have occurred in recent weeks over "No Outsiders" lessons that Moffat claims were meant to educate the 4- to 11-year-old students about accepting differences among those in society, according to BBC News.

The parents, who are mostly Muslim, have participated in the weekly protests over the lessons they believe promoted gay and transgender lifestyles to the young students.

"This is nothing but indoctrination of our children," Razina Mahmood, 40, told the Sun. "You are using our children as an experiment."

On March 1, many parents reportedly withdrew their children from the school for a day.

What did the school say?

The school recently issued a letter stating it would not be teaching the curriculum for the rest of the school year.

"Up to the end of this term, we will not be delivering any No Outsiders lessons in our long-term year curriculum plan, as this half term has already been blocked for religious education. Equality assemblies will continue as normal and our welcoming No Outsiders ethos will be there for all," Parkfield educators wrote in the letter, according to the BBC.

What else?

Organizers reportedly said that the parents would continue their protests until the school does away with the curriculum altogether.

School officials said it would have conversations with concerned parents about the lessons before the beginning of the next school year

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