After promises to ensure that only “moderate” imams would be send to British schools, a Freedom of Information Act request by the BNP has shown that:
* There is absolutely no vetting on any Islamic preachers invited into British schools; criminal or otherwise;
* No record is being kept, either centrally or locally, of which Imams are to be invited and which are not;
* It is up to the local teachers themselves to define what constitutes “radical Islam” - leaving them open to accusations of “racism” if they should be choosy in who they invite.
It was reported earlier this year that schools are to “be enlisted in the fight against home-grown terrorism” with plans for Imams to be sent into schools to steer children away from radicalisation. The government’s purposes, it was announced, was to encourage “non-Muslim children to experience and regard Islam in a more ‘positive light’ than that presented in the allegedly ‘Islamophobic’ media.”As part of this plan, the appropriately-named Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, unveiled a guidance policy, supposedly developed with the Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government. This policy allegedly showed schools, police and local authorities how they can work together to combat terrorism and combat ‘Islamaphobia.’
The plan to allow imams into schools forms a central part of this strategy, and the policy issued by Balls et. al. demanded that British-born Imams be allowed to go into schools and give citizenship lessons regarding Islam to children.
In the propaganda blitz which accompanied the release of this policy document, it was stated that Islamic clerics invited into schools “would be vetted to ensure they do not hold radical views.”
This latter claim has now been revealed to have been a total lie.
The BNP have been assisting parents who have been investigating the so called ‘Citizenship Lessons’ and what we have discovered should alarm all parents.
Using Freedom Of Information Act requests, sent to schools asking for details of how this policy will work, we discovered that:
1) Islamic scholars invited into schools to lecture children during citizenship lessons are not be required to undergo criminal record checks for anything - be it convictions for paedophilia, violence, terrorism etc.
2) Imams invited in schools do not undergo any pre-assessment by the Police or by the Department of Children, Schools and Families with regard to possible links with terrorism, terrorist groups, or if they are linked too, or are supporters of, terrorist groups
3) Imams invited into schools will not be monitored as per the content of the lessons they give to children. Nor do schools have a duty to ensure so called ‘moderate’ imams are not peddling extremist propaganda to the children during citizenship lessons.
This is particularly relevant in the light of a survey of Muslim opinion in Britain, undertaken by NOP Research in 2006, showed that 25% of all “British” Muslims believe that the London underground bombings of July 2005 were justified; that 30% said they would prefer to live under Sharia (Islamic religious) law; and that 28% hope for the U.K. one day to become a fundamentalist Islamic state.
4) No central register is held by the government or by any schools. There is no requirement for centralised monitoring of any persons invited into schools. The schools have no duty to ensure that the Imams they invite into the schools are ‘moderate’ Imams.
5) Schools have not been provided by The Department For Children, Schools and Families with any definition of what constitutes ‘Islamic extremism.’ It is therefore up to individual teachers to define for themselves what ‘Islamic extremism’ constitutes.What this means in practical terms is that any teacher who objects to any particular imam will immediately be labelled ‘Islamophobic’ or ‘racist’ and thus they will not object out of fear of the politically correct Gestapo.
This is a scandalous state of affairs. The fact that any individuals are being allowed to go into schools and have direct access to young children from the age of eleven without having to undergo a rigorous police criminal record check is a clear breach of the duty of care owed to our children.
The fact that imams do not have to be vetted to ensure that they themselves are not convicted terrorists, supporters of terrorism or linked with Islamic extremism is an act of utter idiocy.
We in the BNP suggest that parents write to their schools and make a formal protest about these issues. Unless we all complain and act to put pressure on the schools and government then our children may be put at risk.
Why don’t you contact Ed Balls at his official email address firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what you think.
BNP NEWS TEAM