Calls for public inquiry into Stonewall’s influence

Jun 11, 2021 by

from Christian Today:

Christian Concern is supporting calls for a public inquiry into Stonewall’s influence in UK institutions after an exodus of organisations from its diversity programme.

Stonewall advises over 850 major employers in the UK, including many government departments, universities, police forces and schools, covering a quarter of the UK workforce.

But equalities minister Liz Truss has urged all government departments to leave Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Scheme.

The Ministry of Justice announced this week it was withdrawing because of concerns over free speech and Stonewall’s “dubious” training.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and Ofsted have both walked away. Further afield, Channel 4 has left it too.

Christians have long been concerned about Stonewall, but feminist voices have increasingly challenged the LGBT group’s influence because of its stance on transgenderism.

It was recently reported that Stonewall was advising organisations to replace the term ‘mother’ with “parent who has given birth” as a way of boosting their ranking on its inclusive employers league table.

The campaign group Sex Matters is demanding a public inquiry, a call backed by Christian Concern.

In her letter, Christian Concern chief executive Andrea Williams said it was “beyond question” that Stonewall’s influence had been “damaging for standards in public life”.

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