Archbishop Of Canterbury Refuses To Scrap Schools Guidance That Affirms ‘Transgender’ Five Year-Olds




Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury, has rejected calls to scrap the Church of England’s trans guidance which affirms transgenders as young as five years old and brands dissenters ‘transphobic’

In an open letter, Nigel and Sally Rowe called on the Archbishop to scrap the CofE’s “Valuing All God’s Children” (VAGC) guidance, which covers nearly 5,000 primary schools. 

The Daily Sceptic reports: The letter was sent following the Rowes’ legal victory against the Department for Education (DfE) in September, which led to a £22,000 settlement for legal costs and a commitment from the Government to reform its transgender policies.

As part of the case, the parents presented international expert evidence to the DfE which revealed how transgender affirming policies lead to “catastrophic outcomes” for gender confused children.

The Rowes had taken legal action against the DfE after they and their six-year-old son were labelled “transphobic” by a CofE primary school  on the Isle of Wight for refusing to “believe” in transgender affirming policies.

The Rowes made clear in their letter to Justin Welby that when they raised concern with the CofE’s Portsmouth Diocesan Board of Education in 2017, the VAGC guidance was used to dismiss and shut down their complaints.

The Rowes raised alarm that the CofE was continuing to endorse the VAGC guidance which they said says that children as young as five years old should be affirmed by Church of England schools if they wish to identify as the opposite sex.

This year, then Attorney General, Suella Braverman, stated that such a transgender affirming approach taken by the school and the Church of England, is not supported by law.

A petition calling for the guidance to be scrapped has since been signed by over 15,000 people.

In response to the Rowes’ open letter and subsequent national media attention, last month the CofE’s Chief Education Officer, Nigel Genders, published a contradictory statement on the CofE’s website claiming that VAGC in no way affirms primary school children in gender confusion.

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