After a Christian school introduced Pride Month to their students and added several LGBT books to the school library, a school administrator questioned the decision and was promptly suspended.
74-year-old Maureen Griffith held the position of governor, a position similar to a school board member in the United States, at Alperton Community School in North London since the 1990s.
When Maureen shared her concerns about the curriculum at a Curriculum and Standards, she explained that “parents had not been consulted” and “parents with children from religious backgrounds who would object and not want their children to have this form of sex education,” Christian Concern reports.
Her testimony upset the staff and eleven days after, she was issued a letter stating that she was suspended for “breaching the Governors Code of Conduct” and made “homophobic comments at a public meeting, that were offensive to members of staff.”
Christian Legal Centre released a statement in which Griffith said:
“It is my job to notice things that others do not. In meetings where someone may want to push something through, I scrutinise, and this leads to discussion, debate and finding consensus on the right way to move forward.”
“When they told me I had been ‘homophobic’ for scrutinising the introduction of LGBT Pride Month, I had to go home and look up what it meant. I couldn’t believe it. But now with this LGBT agenda, not just in schools, but across society, there is no debate, no questioning and there is only a one-way democracy.”
The Legal Centre’s Chief Executive, Andrea Williams, stated:
“What has taken place at this school is a microcosm of what is happening across our society and sends a clear message to teachers, governors and students: if you oppose the LGBT agenda you will be silenced and punished.”
“No one is exempt, not even a kind, caring and compassionate woman in her 70s who has dedicated her whole life to caring for others and increasing the life chances of children and improving her community.”
Griffith wrote, “My faith in Jesus is very important to me in good and bad times – it is my be all and end all. I can do nothing without his help, and he makes my burden lighter. This is how my mum brought me up.”