Two schoolboys were punished for not kneeling and praying to Allah. Guess where this happened.
Saudi Arabia? Wrong.
It must be Iran, then, right?
No, it was the UK; more specifically, in the heart of England.
Now’s the time to take “FID. DEF.” off all of the coinage, because what little is left of the Christian faith in Britain is no longer being defended by Her Majesty or anyone else.
According to The Daily Mail:
Schoolboys punished with detention for refusing to kneel in class and pray to Allah
Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.
Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.
They said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at Alsager High School, near Stoke-on-Trent — which included wearing Muslim headgear — was a breach of their human rights.
One parent, Sharon Luinen, said: “This isn’t right, it’s taking things too far.
“I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn’t join in Muslim prayer.
“Making them pray to Allah, who isn’t who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful.
“I don’t want this to look as if I have a problem with the school because I am generally very happy with it.”
This is the part I don’t understand. Is this cognitive dissonance, or what?
The school is OK, and we’re happy with it, except that it forces our children to pray to Allah??
Wot th’ — ?!
The article continues:
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Another parent Karen Williams said: “I am absolutely furious my daughter was made to take part in it and I don’t find it acceptable.
“I haven’t got a problem with them teaching my child other religions and a small amount of information doesn’t do any harm.
“But not only did they have to pray, the teacher had gone into the class and made them watch a short film and then said ‘we are now going out to pray to Allah’.
“Then two boys got detention and all the other children missed their refreshment break because of the teacher.
“Not only was it forced upon them, my daughter was told off for not doing it right.
“They’d never done it before and they were supposed to do it in another language.”
These children were evidently made to pray in Arabic.
“My child has been forced to pray to Allah in a school lesson.” The grandfather of one of the pupils in the class said: “It’s absolutely disgusting, there’s no other way of putting it.
“My daughter and a lot of other mothers are furious about their children being made to kneel on the floor and pray to Islam. If they didn’t do it they were given detention.
“I am not racist, I’ve been friendly with an Indian for 30 years. I’ve also been to a Muslim wedding where it was explained to me that alcohol would not be served and I respected that.
The mandatory Multicultural disclaimers: I’m not racist. I support diversity in schools and the workplace. Some of my best friends are Muslims.
“But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.”
Too right. One of the characteristics of Multiculturalism in the West is that tolerance flows in only one direction.
Imagine if these children had been required to sing “Joy to the World” at Christmas, or proclaim “Alleluia, Christ is risen!” at Easter. The cries of outrage would have been heard from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
And the school administration is mind-bogglingly clueless:
Parents said that their children were made to bend down on their knees on prayer mats which the RE teacher had got out of her cupboard and they were also told to wear Islamic headgear during the lesson on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy headmaster Keith Plant said: “It’s difficult to know at the moment whether this was part of the curriculum or not. I am not an RE teacher, I am an English teacher.
“At the moment it is our enterprise week and many of our members of staff are away.
“The particular member of staff you need to speak to isn’t around. I think that it is a shame that so many parents have got in touch with the Press before coming to me.
“I have spoken to the teacher and she has articulately given me her version of events, but that is all I can give you at the moment.”
There’s more to this appalling article, but that’s all I can take for the moment. Read it and weep.
Hat tip: Heroyalwhyness.