On Channel 4’s Dispatches: Lessons in Hate and Violence

On Channel 4’s Dispatches: Lessons in Hate and Violence
Statement of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All
17 February 2011

Channel 4’s Dispatches: Lessons in Hate and Violence on Islamic schools in Britain confirms the urgency of addressing the question of faith schools. Whilst the teachings of hatred in these schools are not surprising, it is nothing short of scandalous that vulnerable children are left to the mercy of Islamists despite years of evidence of abuse and violations of child safety and protection rules.

Religion in general, and Islam more so because of the rise of Islamism, will indoctrinate children – often violently. What is being taught at the schools profiled in the programme is what some of our members have been taught in Islamic schools in Britain and elsewhere. Religious schools by nature must teach the superiority of their belief system and the baseness of non-believers and kafirs. The teachings exposed on the programme show a deep-seated hatred not just for non-Muslims but Muslims and ex-Muslims who do not conform to Islamist standards. For too long, however, these schools have been allowed to carry on business as usual by feigning to distance themselves from those who have been exposed and by giving lip service to social harmony and cohesion.

Rather than being unusual, as the Muslim Council of Britain asserts, such teachings are very much the norm: half the Islamic schools in Britain are from the same Deobandi persuasion as one of the schools profiled. Like Sharia law courts, where women in particular are routinely denied equal rights, Islamic schools routinely deny children’s rights. Rather than promote social harmony and cohesion, they segregate and divide. Rather than being anti-racist, they are a profoundly racist phenomenon, making sub-standard schools for ‘different’ children permissible.

Despite mountains of evidence, the government continues to promote and fund free schools, whilst hypocritically denouncing multiculturalism. Also, the likes of John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, are more concerned with hate mail received by the school, rather than the safety of the children attending these schools.

This is precisely what is wrong with multiculturalism. It gives precedence to cultures and religion rather than vulnerable children, cowering from their teachers, and being routinely beaten, abused and indoctrinated to hate each other, their friends and the world outside. And it says that human beings – depending on how they are pigeon-holed – are fundamentally different, and should be treated as such. This identity politics and its privileging of difference is what lead to extremism – whether it be the far-Right Islamist or English Defence League versions.

Unfortunately, the debate on faith schools has for too long focused on scrutiny, monitoring, (one of the schools profiled had been commended for its interfaith teaching), and changing admission codes and employment practices rather than that they are fundamentally bad for our children. This is because they are more concerned with the inclusion of religion – the religion of the child’s parents – than the inclusion, wellbeing and educational needs of the child.

How the government will be able to stand by once again, after witnessing the heartbreaking acts of violence against children as young as five years old, is yet to be seen. Given that only one person has been arrested and no schools shut down, it seems that once again it will be giving precedence to religion over the needs, welfare and rights of children.

Let’s be clear. Schools and faith are antithetical to each other. Education is meant to give children access to science, reason and the advances of the 21st century. It is meant to level the playing field irrespective of and despite the family the child is born into. It is meant to allow children to think freely and critically – something that religion actually prohibits and punishes.

Education can only truly be guaranteed by a secular educational system and by ending faith schools once and for all.

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For more detail, comment or information, contact:
Maryam Namazie
Spokesperson
One Law for All
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
onelawforall@gmail.com
ex-muslimcouncil@gmail.com
www.onelawforall.org.uk
www.ex-muslim.org.uk

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  1. shazmin February 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

    i dont think all of this is true because in islam does not teach u to disobey other ppl coltures anddoes not teach terrisom dat all bull shit im a muslim and nt even in all my life has any 1 said say dis to non muslims our say dat dats every 1 own opinion and so think wat u like because its not true im 100 percent sure so who ever made dis accusation against muslims are realli stupid ppl jst want every 1 to starts fight not good enought is it .

  2. Les Wies February 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I entirely agree. What is so surprising is Michael Gove’s attitude, given that he wrote a book (Celsius 7/7) a few years ago, which was critical of appeasement of Islamism. Now that he has the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is, he seems rather to be towing the party – particularly the Lib Dem party – line on faith schools. He should be persuaded to have more backbone.

  3. Denis MacEoin February 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I thoroughly agree with everything you say. You write that nothing has ever been done ‘despite years of evidence of abuse and violations of child safety and protection rules.’ My report on Muslim schools for Civitas appeared (in part) online in 2009, but the full text was given to Ofsted and contained detailed information about specific schools. A meeting with an Ofsted representative showed that they were not interested in looking at these schools, but simply in defending Islam from criticism.

    We are up against something overwhelming here. I was brought up in the 50s and 60s in a segregated school system in Northern. Thirty years of violence followed, much of which may be attributed to the insanity of teaching Catholics and Protestants in different schools, yet they still persist in enforcing a segregated system. That is rank insanity for any society.

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