Christian couple sue Church School over transgender issue

The school in the Isle of Wight has not been named
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A Christian couple is suing a Church of England elementary school and said there is an "agenda" overriding their religious beliefs after their six-year-old son's classmate was allowed to wear a dress to school.

He said: "I don't understand the impulse of a parent who sees somebody else doing everything they can to make their child happy and as a result of that decides to remove their own child from school while claiming to be Christian".

"It is actually about little boys who are confused in their identity, being recognised as girls and then asking almost one hundred other children in the school to conform with what they say is true when the other children know these little boys as boys for the whole of their lives", she said.

The parents also withdrew their eight-year-old son from the school a year ago over the same issue.

Sally told the programme that the couple wanted there to be an open discussion about transgender children in schools.

"Among other things, this requires schools to accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity".

LGBT campaigner Jane Fae, who is transgender, said Mr and Mrs Rowe had misjudged the issue, as children with gender issues needed sympathy to help prevent them being bullied.

"We have a social understanding that we have boys and we have girls", Nigel told BBC Radio 4's Today.

"Gender dysphoria is something we as Christians need to address with love and compassion, but not in the sphere of a primary school environment", Nigel said. It's such a young age and we're concerned about that. "We just feel that a lot of people haven't voiced our opinion because they're just pointed out as being trans-phobic or hateful". Andrea Williams, the centre's chief executive, commented: "This new transgender ideology is being aggressively imposed on unsuspecting schools, parents and children".

They believe the school's acceptance is creating "confusion".

The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Mr and Mrs Rowe, said the couple were being accused of "transphobic behaviour" due to their "refusal to acknowledge a transgender person's true gender".

The accused school defended their practices by saying transgender students are protected under the Equalities Act of 2010 and that there were policies in place to handle transphobic behavior - defined as refusing to use a transgender person's preferred name or pronoun.

But they are now set to take the Diocese of Portsmouth to court arguing that it has not respected their rights to raise their children with biblical values.

"Children - encouraged by their experiences at school - are beginning to question their gender identity at ever younger ages", she said.

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