A group of Muslim parents have threatened to start a campaign to have a gay preschool teacher sacked.
The group of parents in Berlin reportedly threatened to gain signatures for a petition to have the man removed from his post at a kindergarten in Reinickendorf.
The Tagesspiegel newspaper earlier this week reported that the parents were worried about the teacher taking their children to the toilet.
“For some of them, a gay man is automatically a pedophile,” the teacher told the newspaper.
Following protests against his position at the kindergarten, Tagesspiegel reports that the man asked to be transferred to another school.
But the management at the nursery refused, backing the teacher and saying that parents should move their children if they are unhappy.
According to the Local, many parents have removed their children from the kindergarten.
Social Democrats senator for education Sandra Scheeres, also supported the teacher.
“We don’t tolerate discrimination. We want to raise the number of male kindergarten teachers so that they become important role models for children,” Scheeres said.
Adding that “again and again, parents treat male nursery teachers with suspicion.”
Many have taken to social media to support the teacher, with one saying: “Muslims protest against teacher – the problem? He’s gay: welcome to the Middle Ages.”