Message from SRE Islamic :

Call for Action – Muslim Parents living in Walthamstow need to stand up to attempts to include more Sex and Relationship Education in Walthamstow schools

Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, is organising a conference on Saturday 24th January 2015 titled 'Our Bodies, Our Future. It is part of a campaign to 'ensure the best Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is provided in every school.'

As a Muslim parent this should concern you for the following reasons:

1. Stella Creasy is at the forefront of the campaign to make SRE a statutory subject in schools.  If this were to happen, the right of parents to withdraw their children from SRE classes (from 5-19 years old) would inevitably be taken away. On this occasion she is trying to get SRE established in Walthamstow schools through the back door.

2. This event is similar to the approach of most groups that want SRE made statutory, parents are talked down to and told what is best for their children, ignoring the deeply held moral/religious values you as parents hold in this area.  Parents raise children and not schools, as such they are best placed to have discussions around sex and growing up, on the basis of their values.

3. The billed speakers are from the same perspective, they believe in making SRE statutory and have little concern for the views of parents. One of the speakers, Simon Blake, is the chief executive of Brook, an organisation which advises teachers that the following behaviours in children are perfectly natural.

9- 13 year olds – solitary masturbation and having girl/boyfriends who are of the same, opposite or any gender

13-17 years old - interest in erotica/pornography, having sexual or non-sexual relationships, consenting oral and/or penetrative sex with others of the same or opposite gender who are of similar age and developmental ability


What you can do?

  1. Send an email to your local MP, Stella Creasy and make your voice. 
  • You appreciate the sexualised society in which we live in but do not support statutory SRE in schools.
  • Statutory SRE will remove the right of parents to withdraw from SRE.
  • It will severely impinge your right to raise your children based on your own religious/moral codes.

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2. Attend the conference. The location and details are on the event Facebook page.

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3. Forward this message to all concerned Muslim parents in Walthamstow.

I have contacted Stella Creasy but because I do not live in Walthamstow she has said that residents should contact her directly.

Yusuf Patel


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