MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE REAL WORLD....
Here's a useful hint for when you're reading the news - if something makes you think "You couldn't make it up" then you can rest assured that someone did make it up. In the present case, when you read about a call to force religious indoctrination "inside taxpayer-backed schools", you'd do well to try to find the source of the story.
Nobody in their right mind would suggest that schools should be "forced" to allow scary imams (Oooh! Look at that that picture! What a scary imam!) to indoctrinate children. And nobody has. Quite the opposite.
Here's what the NUT General Secretary, Steve Sinnott, really said:-
"There would be real benefits to all our communities and to youngsters if we can find a space for parents who are Roman Catholic, parents who are Church of England, parents who are Jewish, parents who are Muslim for them to have space for some religious instruction. In that way we could keep cohesion within communities.
What I am saying is not easy with the curriculum demands of all schools. We could have imams coming in or local rabbis or local priests."
(Hmmm. Read that last bit again. Now, where is the headline "Fury Over Plan to Teach the Torah in Schools"? Where is the thread "Should Priests Be Allowed to Teach Our Children"? In fact, where is there even any mention of priests or rabbis in the Express leading article?)
So, what Sinnott is suggesting is - get this - teaching children a range of ideas and giving them the chance of becoming intelligent, informed adults.
There is global bloodshed, misery and oppression as a result of mistrust, misunderstanding, ignorance and fear between followers of different religions - not least between the billions of brothers within the Judaeo-Christian-Islamic tradition. Sinnott's suggestion would, in a small way, allow British children to escape that.
And if you're not convinced that understanding is necessary here, now, amongst us, then I present as Exhibit A the Pavlovian foaming response of some of the posts on this and related threads.
("What ! and indoctrinate them into being potential suicide bombers and Terrorists ?")
• Posted by: AngryOfTuebrook • Report Comment
*edit* Oh and look, another one's gone under the wire... must be the Trots in on the night shift at Express Towers.
WELL SAID ANGRY
this is another one in a long line of crap reporting propogated by the express.
no evidence for its strange claims whatsoever.
the people who actually believe this tripe are 'vulnerable' at best.
• Posted by: crayfishbanker • Report Comment
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