Children as young as 14 have performed a gay version of Shakespeare’s famous love story, dubbed ‘Romeo and Julian’, at a school in London.
The play, which has been criticised in Parliament as mind blowing political correctness, also switched Romeo’s best friend Mercutio and his cousin Benvolio to female characters. It was performed last month by students aged 14 to 16 at Leytonstone School, a mixed comprehensive in East London, in front of the actor and gay campaigner, Sir Ian McKellen.
Sir Ian is a leading supporter of the homosexual lobby group Stonewall and has been helping them promote their agenda in schools. In December he attacked faith schools, saying they were giving children a “second class” education. During a visit to Welling school in Kent, he said: “It worries me that there is an increasing number of faith schools in this country where it might be thought appropriate for religious views to invade the classroom. “If that’s happening, those kids are getting a second-class education.”
The school performance of ‘Romeo and Julian’ was criticised by an MP in the House of Commons yesterday. Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley in Yorkshire, called for a Parliamentary debate on ‘political correctness’. He said: “This is mind-blowing. Anyone with an ounce of sense would want their children to be learning Romeo and Juliet rather than Romeo and Julian.”
But Commons leader Harriet Harman responded: “There is going to be a debate next Thursday about new equality legislation so we can ensure everybody in this country is treated with fairness, respect and not subject to prejudice and discrimination – and indeed cheap shots – from you.”
News of the ‘Romeo and Julian’ play comes as the controversial Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) History Month is being pushed throughout the nation. The campaign was at the centre of recent controversy after a rainbow gay campaign flag was hoisted outside Limehouse police station in East London, replacing the Union Flag. But Sir Paul Stephenson, the new Met Commissioner, ordered the flag to be taken down. Senior Met sources said the decision was taken because the police in London should not “stray into political territory.”
In 2007 six Christian girls tried to excuse themselves from a school event celebrating LGBT History Month, but teachers forced them to attend against their will.
In previous years the campaign tried to teach children that Florence Nightingale was a lesbian and that Isaac Newton was gay. The organisers of the month-long initiative have been invited to a party at 10 Downing Street next week.