Oh and please do notice the highly inflammatory use of ”race row” by O’Leary in the lead section of the article. It has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with not wanting your children indoctrinated by followers of an intolerant ideology. Shame on him.
By David O’Leary
Published on 05/06/2013 12:00
A RACE row has broken out after almost a third of the children due to take part in a school field trip to a city mosque were pulled out by their parents.
Children from Newtongrange Primary visited the Central Mosque in Potterrow, but from an original group of 90 pupils, 28 were withdrawn.
The trip had been organised to help educate the primary one, two and five pupils about other religions and cultures.
But one parent today said they didn’t want their child “mixed up in the hate being preached in mosques”.
The incident comes amid heightened tensions in the wake of the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in London, and David Cameron’s pledge to “drain the swamp” of extremism.
Religious leaders and Midlothian councillors condemned parents pulling their children out the trip, but one 42-year-old parent of a P2 pupil, who did not take part, said: “I don’t agree with sending my child to a mosque to learn about a religion that isn’t my own. It’s the hate that is being preached in these mosques that I don’t want my child mixed up in.”
Another said: “If you don’t want your kids learning that kind of stuff, then you should be allowed to say ‘no’. Many of my friends are a different religion to me, but they don’t try to ram it down my throat.”