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English schools investigated for role in Islamist takeover plot

Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove.

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Government education inspectors and teachers are on a collision course after reports that Islamists are taking over schools in the English Midlands and encouraging students to believe in the biblical account of creation and accept the separation of girls and boys in classrooms, swimming pools and sporting fields.

Officials from the Office for Standards in Education have launched an inquiry into 21 schools in the Birmingham area suspected of being a part of an Islamist plot. Six of the 21 gave rise to what the office calls “serious concerns,” which include allegations that staffs were appointed on the basis of their religious beliefs.

Education Secretary Michael Gove recently raised a storm of controversy after he appointed a counterterrorism expert, Peter Clarke, to look into these claims.

Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city. Parts of it are dominated by members of ethnic communities — most of them Muslims.

But not everyone believes this is a cause for alarm.

Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Photo courtesy of Department for Education, via Wikimedia Commons

Britain’s Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, called on the media to show “a sense of proportion” after tabloid reports of the takeover plot by hard-line Muslims called Operation Trojan Horse.

A 2011 census showed that there were 2.8 million Muslims in England and Wales — up from 1.6 million in 2001.

Hobby insists Muslims have reacted positively to a government call on leaders of ethnic communities to provide schools catering for the needs of local communities.

In many parts of the Midlands, ethnic communities are in the majority. A new book published this week by the think tank Policy Exchange says ethnic communities will make up a third of Britain by 2050.


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  • “[Islamists are] encouraging students to believe in the biblical account of creation and accept the separation of girls and boys in classrooms, swimming pools and sporting fields.”

    I bet there are a ton of American Christian Fundamentalists saying to themselves, “Damn Muslims! Those are OUR ideas!!!”

  • if you would not take the action against such, then one day they will convert all the schools to Madras (training to be Jihads), basically teaching about Allah, and how other religions are not good. Then those who are trained will get the best job in the best of the country to help the Terrorists to start their activities. if they find resistance then they will give flavor of another septamber 11 and so on. And the money lost here would be found somewhere in another Islamic country with huge monument. than G_D will strike or some bomb explosions in some Islamic nations then they will call these rich nations to donate and send the army, there again they loot these countries. so it is wake up call for all against Islam and its targets

  • Hi,
    The only issue is honesty, but that is not believed by anyone. Research and proven at that, has shown that the leaders of anything need but one thing to be leaders. The ability to believably lie.

  • Max, What’s democracy got to do with this article? A democracy can be evil if a majority of those voting are evil doers.

    Even though religions have a checkered history,many times, their contributions have kept humanity from moral insanity. Some of the worst oppressors of human rights, murderers of innocents and liars have been atheists.

  • The law of averages keeps democracies mostly on an even keel. They never stay too evil because the nature of the government is so inclusive and prone to social changes.

    Historically the really nasty stuff comes when people decide their religion is a great guide for their government. Especially to a democracy.

  • @JOAN,

    Islamists, motivated by their belief in Allah, want to do exactly what Allah commands in the Q’uran – kill infidels. That is how ‘Islamists’ (muslims) get into heaven.
    Christians are supposed to kill once in a while too.
    “Execute them” – Jesus (Luke 19:27)

    Religion is a cancer to the world.
    And it is on the march to take over our democracy, and replace it with Christian theocracy.

    You should be afraid of these trends. You should also see Atheists as your only saviors.

  • @JOAN,

    EXACTLY. I’M WITH YOU 100% ……ATHEISTS have destroyed civilization!
    Listen to their speeches:

    “I have WIPED OUT many nations, devastating their fortress walls and towers. their cities are now deserted; their streets are in silent ruin.

    “THERE ARE NO SURVIVORS to even tell what happened. I thought, ‘Surely they will have reverence for me now! Surely they will listen to my warnings, so I won’t need to strike again.’ But no!”
    “I will NOT PITY, nor spare, nor have mercy, but DESTROY.”

    “Now go and UTTERLY DESTROY ALL THAT THEY HAVE, and SPARE THEM NOT, but SLAY both man and woman, INFANT AND SUCKLING.””As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you AS SLAVES.”

    ‘I WILL BRING EVIL UPON YOU out of your own house. I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, AND WILL GIVE THEM TO to YOUR NEIGHBOR. He shall RAPE YOUR WIVES in broad daylight…..I will FORCE DESTRUCTION UPON ALL NATIONS …”


    OOOPS. Wrong.
    That was God.

    (Zephaniah 3:16),
    (JER 13:14),(1 Samuel 15:3),
    (Deut. 20:10),(2 Samuel 12:11)