That’s up to the parents, and since their politicians refuse to label Islam as a deviant ideology, the people are forced to take matters into their own hands…….
How parents are removing their children from religious education classes because they do not want them to learn about Islam
- Church of England said parents are pulling children out of school RE lessons
- Some hope to shield their children from learning about any faith but Christianity
- Others have a particular intention to keep children from any knowledge of Islam
Parents are pulling their children out of school religious education lessons because they do not want them taught about Islam, the Church of England said yesterday.
Some, Church officials said, hope to shield their children from learning about any faith but Christianity, and others have a particular intention to keep children from any knowledge of Islam.
They pointed towards far right political groups and some minority faith sects as activists who are trying to ‘exploit’ the legal right of parents to withdraw their children from school RE.
CofE leaders called for the right of withdrawal to be repealed and for RE to become a compulsory part of school timetables to encourage pupils to learn to live with others from different backgrounds.
The accusation against parents who remove children from RE classes comes against a background of intensifying arguments about the future of religious education teaching.
The subject is not part of the compulsory National Curriculum, and is, alongside sex education, the only subject from which parents can withdraw pupils.
CofE school inspection chief Derek Holloway said: ‘Through RE teacher social media forums and feedback from our RE advisers I am aware that some parents have sought to exploit the right to withdraw children from RE lessons.
‘This is seemingly because they do not want their children exposed to other faiths and world views, in particular Islam. Anecdotally, there have also been some cases in different parts of the country of parents with fundamentalist religious beliefs also taking a similar course.