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LGBT teaching an abomination, Jewish judge says

LGBT teaching an abomination, Jewish judge says
Image caption: Beis Yaakov High School in Salford was criticised by Ofsted regarding a lack of LGBT teaching

By Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow & Dan Box
November 15, 2019

People of Jewish faith should "give up their lives" rather than follow new government guidelines to teach children about LGBT relationships, an ultra-orthodox Jewish judge has said.

Gavriel Krausz described LGBT relationships as an "abomination".

He was speaking in response to guidance issued this year requiring school curriculums to teach an awareness of LGBT issues.

The comments have been condemned by Jewish and LGBT organisations.

Mr Krausz is a retired Jewish judge, known as a dayan, who was involved with Manchester Beth Din, a body which oversees matters of Jewish family law and other issues within the Jewish community.

Manchester has a gay village area and hosts an annual Pride celebration.

Mr Krausz was angered by an Ofsted decision to give Beis Yaakov, an orthodox Jewish girls' school in neighbouring Salford, a "requires improvement" rating partly because pupils were not being taught about sexual orientation and gender identity.

As reported in the Jewish Chronicle, it prompted him to send leaflets to Jewish faith schools declaring all Jews were "obliged to give up one's life rather than comply" with the guidance.

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