A Christian school in Britian is being threatened with closure because of its refusal to invite Muslim religious leaders, or imams, to come and address the students.
The Department of Education says that promoting “acceptance and engagement” and “tolerance and respect of all faiths and cultures” means that schools must go beyond just going on trips to synagogues and mosques, as they have done in the past; and they must instead invite leaders such as Muslim imams to lead lessons at their school.
The Christian Institute has written a letter on behalf of one of the schools affected. The Daily Mail recorded the comments of the Institute’s deputy director, Simon Calvert:
“Worryingly, evidence is already emerging of how the new regulations are requiring Ofsted inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious ethos of faith schools… the new requirements are infringing the rights of children, parents, teachers and schools to hold and practise their religious beliefs.”
“The Christian Institute is currently working with an independent Christian School which has been marked down by Ofsted for not promoting other faiths. Astonishingly it was told it should invite representatives of other faith groups to lead assemblies and lessons, such as an Imam.”
What do you think? Should Christian schools be forced to have Muslim imams come and give presentations at school? Or is this just another outrage being forced in the name of “tolerance?”
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