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Cardiff Uni cancels psychologist’s talk over anti-LGBTI education comments

Cardiff Uni cancels psychologist’s talk over anti-LGBTI education comments

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Cardiff University has canceled a talk by a psychologist following comments she made against LGBTI education.

Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett was dropped from speaking at the university after saying LGBTI-inclusive lessons could ‘corrupt’ children.

Godfrey-Faussett is a well-known campaigner against same-sex relationship and sex education.

She had been due to speak at an event on sex education in the university hosted by the Muslim Council of Wales (MCW).

Dr Godfrey-Faussett is also under investigation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) who claim her comments ‘have the potential to undermine the public’s confidence in the psychology profession’.

‘This is ideological indoctrination’

Online clips of Dr Godfrey-Faussett’s speeches show her claiming that LGBTI education is indoctrinating and sexualizing children, and that it is an ‘assault on the family’, the Independent reports.

‘This is not education, this is ideological indoctrination that’s happening. The aim is to redefine sexuality and gender and family norms,’ she said.

A convert to Islam, Dr Godfrey-Faussett also warned of the ‘queering of the Muslim community’ and urged people to ‘work psychologically or in a mental health capacity’ with gay Muslims.

Pride Cymru, a Welsh LGBTI rights charity, sent a letter to Cardiff University, urging the officials to cancel the event.

‘We are concerned that hosting such a controversial figure in Wales may cause unwarranted distress and concern within our diverse and inclusive communities in Wales,’ the letter read.

‘We do not wish to see a spread of the deeply divisive and damaging protests as seen most recently in Birmingham, coming to Wales especially as it would be promoted by Muslim Council for Wales.’

Cardiff University said that the event ‘had not followed our booking procedure’ which result in its cancellation.

The university also emphasized that they had not organized the talk, which was being hosted by an outside organization.

In response, the MCW released a statement saying that the talk was intended to ‘provide guidance on information both on the proposed changes, but also in how to deliver relationship and sex education in line [with] Islamic teachings.’

‘There should be no question that LGBT communities in Wales should be free to live and love whom they wish, without fear of attack, censure, or abuse, and as the Muslim Council of Wales we will work to make this a reality,’ the MCW’s statement added.

Ongoing row in Birmingham 

The move comes amid an ongoing row over LGBTI-inclusivity education in the UK.

This has become a particularly divisive issue at some schools in Birmingham.

There have been numerous high-profile protests outside the Parkfield Community School due to its No Outsiders program, which teaches about same-sex relationships and gender identity.

A number of parents in the Muslim-majority area have said that primary school children are too young to learn about LGBTI issues.

A number of schools in the area have suspended their LGBTI-inclusivity lessons as a result.

However, a number of politicians and the head of the UK’s school watchdog, Ofsted, have expressed their support for LGBTI-inclusivity at schools.

LGBTI rights advocates, including LGBTI Muslim groups, have also condemned the protests.

Andrew Moffat, the teacher who introduced the No Outsiders program in Parkfield Community School, has been widely praised for his work. He was shortlisted for a global teaching award earlier this year, and was awarded an MBE for his work in 2017.

See also

As a gay Muslim man, LGBTI education in school would’ve changed my life

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