Parents choosing to withdraw their children from a school trip to a mosque over fears they would witness “guns and violence” have been told by governors that any absences will not be approved, amid concerns over damage to community relations.They aren't in the slightest bit concerned about any damage to the community in general – only to the ‘upset’ caused to one particular minority aspect
Mostofa Abdul Rahman, the education secretary of the Cornwall Islamic Community Centre, said that local Muslims had noticed a change in attitudes towards their faith in recent months.
Mosques in Cornwall have been defaced with graffiti and community members have become concerned about the amount of misinformation about Islam circulating among local people.Ah, here comes the victim status, right on cue!
Mr Rahman, who helps teach children about Islam at his son’s school, welcomed teachers’ efforts to help pupils understand the religion.
“There are a lot of wrong ideas about Islam. It’s a much more peaceful religion but it’s being used politically in some areas, and that’s not Islam,” he said.Ah, right. The ‘no true Scotsman’ defence. That’s not at all unconvincing, is it?
“The parents have to really learn a bit more about Islam themselves, from the right sources, before they make a decision. I have been trying all my life to clear this nonsense up.”Yes, I remember you standing bravely in front of these misguided Muslims, telling them they are wrong about their religion:
Never mind ‘Where’s Wally?’, where’s Mostafa..?
In a statement Kat Smith, the chair of the governors at Lostwithiel school, said: “The visit to the mosque will provide an insight for pupils into the nature of British Islam, help them understand how Islam is presented in the media and that groups like Isis are not a true reflection of the Islam followed by the vast majority of Muslims in Britain.”Really, Kat? You keep telling yourself that if you think it helps. It's getting kind of wearing, frankly. Because that 'small minority' doesn't seem all that small in other countries either:
The event had been condemned by critics as an attack on Islam, but the organizers insisted they were simply practicing free speech.Luckily, this was Texas, where they are less keen to abase themselves before thuggery.
Those inside started to sing patriotic songs, including the national anthem and God Bless America, and said a prayer for the injured security guard after one woman pulled out an American flag form her bag.Over here, she'd probably be arrested for a public order offence...