Anti-LGBT bigotry celebrated at a Christian Concern Oxford shindig

Anti-LGBT bigotry celebrated at a Christian Concern Oxford shindig September 22, 2019
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IN June of this year, Andrea  Minichiello Williams, above, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, gleefully seized upon an incident in which two homophobic ten-year-olds placed in detention for five hours for refusing to take part in an LGBT inclusivity lesson at a London school during Pride Month in the UK in 2018.

Numerous other reports said that, in addition to the detention, the kids were also excluded from lesson for five days.

Williams said:

When bullies know that right is not on their side they resort to coercion and intimidation. That is exactly what is being played out in Heavers Farm Primary School.

It is not the sign of a life-giving ideology being promoted in a school when it has to resort to such heavy-handed and cruel tactics on ten-year-old children to force them to accept something that, instinctively, they do not.

News of Kaysey Francis-Austin and Farrell Spence’s detention and exclusiion quickly reached America and the far right-wing Christian LifeSiteNews leapt into action and launched a petition, which says:

Dear Kaysey and Farrell, Thank you for standing against the LGBT agenda to indoctrinate all public school students with their confusing, sexual propaganda.

It is terrible for people of your age to have to endure such intolerance and bigotry, directed at you from those who should be supporting and teaching you.

But, we stand with you!

Be assured of our prayers for you and your families in this situation and in the future. God bless!

When 33,000 people signed the petition LSN last Friday sent a representative –  Paul Smeaton –all the way to Oxford to give the devout little Christians the petition,where they got to meet the ghastly Williams who hosted a banquet for them.

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LSN said in its report of the event:

Christian Concern — the British organization that has been supporting the two pupils since the beginning – took the opportunity to honor Kasey and Farrell for their heroic resistance by presenting our LifeSite petition to them at an annual banquet that they host in Oxford, England. The dinner concludes their week-long ‘Wilberforce Academy’ adult formation course.

Christian Concern campaign on a host of issues close to the heart of LifeSiteNews and our supporters – abortion, euthanasia, marriage, and many others. They also provide legal support to many people suffering unjustly because of their beliefs through their ministry, the Christian Legal Centre.

It neglected to say that Christian Concern loses far more “persecuted Christian” cases than it wins.

It added:

LifeSite is proud to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Kasey and Farrell, and with Christian Concern. And we thank our many supporters and news subscribers who signed and shared this important petition.

As Paul said in his speech before delivering the petition to Kasey and Farrell: ‘At that moment [when they resisted the LGBT indoctrination], they were in a sense on their own, but what this petition is all about is communicating the truth that Kasey and Farrell are not in fact alone — far from it.’

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  • Phil Rimmer

    Like religious exemptions for inoculations I am unhappy about this. I have the view that the state has a right to educate its future citizens and that this, for good or ill, may constitute a dilution of parental intellectual domination. Parents and society have both a legitimate investment to make.

  • The lengths that fundamentalists will go to in order to protect bigotry…

  • Jennny

    You know, maybe it’s just me, but when I read the title, I automatically thought this Oxford meeting referred to something happening at the University…so was pleased it’s not…the Wiberforce Academy referred to, is a department of Christian Concern…so it was just a knees up for some of their bigots. (In 2017, the university banned CICCU from its Freshers’ Fair because their anti-LGBT+ stance was ‘harmful and bigotted.’ so if Christian Concern thinks it can ply its homophobia in student places, I think they’d better think again.)

  • Broga

    They have the advantage, if that is what it is, of being devoid of shame. The result is that they seem oblivious to how repellent, to others with a more open mind, is their insistence on inflicting additional misery on so many young people already struggling to understand their sexuality. Fall into their clutches and no empathy is possible for the child. Only brute, religious force, based on their fictional and highly selective “biblical truth” will be applied.

  • Phil Rimmer
  • kaydenpat

    How sad that these children are indoctrinated to hate. I hope they grow out of it.

  • Jim Jones

    I assume that the parents are the actual bigots here.

  • Jim Jones

    Yes.We all have a vested interest in an intelligent, knowledgeable populace.

  • kaydenpat

    Sadly, yes.

  • Phil Rimmer

    With an enfranchised democracy every citizen has a responsibility to every other to make their best efforts in deciding their shared future.

  • Robert McLean

    Why not leave it to their preferred god to sort out the miscreants? An all powerful deity (as advertised) surely doesn’t need the assistance of mere humans to do its dirty work?

  • 24CaratHooligan

    Unofficial Royal Marines motto – “God will judge our enemies, we will arrange the meeting”

  • CoastalMaineBird

    I have yet to see a picture of Ms. WIlliams where she doesn’t look like she escaped from a bad vampire movie.

  • Old Harry

    Let’s hope that spreads to Australia so Indigenous children are not indoctrinated in the primitive animism of a small minority of their ‘elders’.

  • Old Harry

    That makes them supported by approximately 0.5% of the UK population.

    I’d imagine that’s a public relations win for the accounts, though.

    Think of the mailing list they’ve compiled while having to do nothing of any real consequence in real terms.

  • blogcom

    Cannot believe you described two children as homophobic ten year olds, it says more about you than you realize.

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    “As an atheist I’m a little set back at this story. It seems that more and more atheists are very upset when they are not given the option to “opt” out of religious activities, yet when someone wishes to not take part in an activity that goes against what they believe they are homophobic or worse yet bigots. “

    Ummm, I don’t think atheists were the ones telling these two children that attending an LGBTQ was mandatory – it was part of the school curriculum teaching tolerance. Apparently, some folks would rather embrace the divisive phobias of ancient scribes rather than attend an event that might have increased understanding and show how all of us have more shared values in common than differences.

    “…as an atheist I’m opposed to abortion (with certain circumstances warranted) not for any Jesus/God reasons, but because I value life. Does this make me wrong?”

    No, it means you probably shouldn’t get one. I don’t know of anyone who is for abortion, least of all those who may have a need to seek one. I sympathize with what I know is an agonizing decision for them and am glad that for now anyway, we live in a country where this medical procedure can be performed legally and safely.

    “Sometimes atheists can be more intolerant than the people they rage against.”

    Atheists are no different than any other demographic. We’re just human, after all – contrary to what some folks say.

  • barriejohn

    It’s always about “parental rights”, and never about the children’s rights, but they just can’t see that.

  • Phil Rimmer

    The US is particularly delinquent. The UN Convention on Children’s Rights Treaty is ratified by all members except the US. The US tolerates state laws allowing the murder of children by medical neglect for religious reasons. Kids far too often are seen as chattels, mere property. This attitude needs to be called out far, far more by mainstream media.

  • barriejohn

    They keep referring to their “responsibility” and “stewardship”. Similarly, women’s rights are in no way eroded by being “in submission” to their husbands, as the men are not thereby “superior” to them but hold a God-given position of authority. I don’t know how you sort that out, because it’s just so much mumbo-jumbo to me. And I don’t know how many times I heard the old argument: “If you saw a child putting its hand in the fire wouldn’t you stop it?” That, to them, is a clincher!

  • Mustang Brah

    Doesn’t matter who “made” them attend, it was wrong. I wouldn’t wish for my kids to attend a creationism class telling them God created the world and 2 people started all life.
    I know plenty of people are for abortions, they want one human to decide another humans life with no boundaries.

  • barriejohn

    If your children attended a “faith school” in the UK then they might well be taught such things. There are also many schools where fundamentalist Christians participate in RE classes and even conduct “assemblies”, and, believe me, they will be talking about Adam and Eve and Original Sin. I wouldn’t withdraw MY children from such lessons, but we might discuss what they have been told at home, although I hope that they would be able to make up their own minds about things. The law obliges children to attend school, and to attend all classes except overtly religious ones. Learning about LGBT issues should not be considered in any way “controversial”.

  • Quantumspirit666

    YOU r certainly a RACIST

  • Jim Jones

    > LifeSite is proud to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Kasey and Farrell

    Birds of a feather.

  • Jim Jones

    Here’s hoping they can avoid math because that’s all mare up.


  • Barry Duke

    Explain precisely how your reached that cockamamie conclusion

  • mobathome

    @barryduke:disqus You wrote that the children were excluded for “five hours” but the article wrote the children were excluded for “five days”, which is quite a difference. While the article does have one of the children say she was in detention for “five hours” on one day, it also quotes the parent’s complaint as saying the children were given “a 5-day exclusion”. Which is it?

    Also, the children asked to not take part in the lesson and apparently were excluded from it. So, aside from the claims of being berated for their statements. did the children get what they requested?

    Strangely, the number “five” shows up multiple times in the article: “five day” exclusion and “5-day exclusion”, “five hour” detention, “year 5 class teacher”.

  • Barry Duke

    I’ve gone back to several sites that reported the case, and it seems that the children were given detention for five hours. Numerous other reports said that, in addition to the detention, the kids were also excluded from lessons for five days. I’ve updated the report accordingly. The detention and suspension, I assume but don’t know, meant that the kids never did attend the lessons.

  • mobathome

    Thank you for the update.

  • Quantumspirit666

    YOU dont deserve any explanation.