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Just let him wear the dress

Of course I am referring to the story of parents Nigel and Sally Rowe who this week announced they had not only pulled their six-year-old out of the school that allowed another boy to attend wearing a dress, but were now intending to take the school to court.

The couple, who claim to be Christians, say the Church of England primary is failing to respect the rights of their son to be raised in line with biblical values.

Perhaps most worrying of all, if Mr and Mrs Rowe win their case, it would mean transgender pupils at all schools suffering.

Talking to the press this week, the couple, who live on the Isle of Wight, say their religious beliefs state boys are boys and girls are girls. They think the issue of 'gender dis-morphia' must be addressed compassionately but not at school.

It is ironic Mr and Mrs Rowe use the word compassion. Their whole stance lacks just that – not only to the six-year-old who has taken the bold step to wear the dress to school but to their own son.

Mr Rowe says his little boy came home confused because a pupil in his class would sometimes come to school dressed as a boy and sometimes as a girl.

This would be the perfect opportunity to sit down and help their son understand that not all children simply fall into one of two categories – boy or girl – but of course, the Rowes refuse to accept that is the case themselves.

They have instead withdrawn their child from the school to be home-schooled and as a result that child will be closeted away from any alternative views to his parents.

It is this kind of behaviour which goes some way to explain why we live in a world where the voices of the likes of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg are allowed to prosper.

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