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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    19/11/2017
    Summary: 

    Maggie Oliver said her professional life was made “torture” after she told senior officers that police were not doing enough to protect girls from a predominantly Asian paedophile ring. The former detective constable resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 over failures that allowed the Rochdale perpetrators to escape justice for many years.

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    11 Conclusions

    11.1 I neither specifically looked for, nor found, evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or violent extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham. However, by reference to the definition of extremism in the Prevent strand of the Government’s counter terrorist strategy CONTEST, and the spectrum of extremism described by the Prime Minister in his Munich speech in February 2011, I found clear evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies, who espouse, sympathise with or fail to challenge extremist views. Three are named in this report but there are others of significance who are not.

    11.2 The existence of a common ideological stance among key linked individuals in this enquiry, the taking of control of governing bodies and the implementation of conservative religious practices in the schools where these individuals have influence, means that there can be no doubt that what has happened has been driven by a desire to instil a particular style of religious ethos into these state non-faith schools.

    11.3 It has been suggested to me that the ambition of those who were involved was to do no more than create schools that are reflective of the communities they serve and are following the wishes of the majority of parents. I find that this is not the case. On the contrary, while the majority of parents welcome the good academic results that some of these schools produce, they are not demanding that their children adhere to conservative religious behaviour at school. On the contrary, I received evidence that it is a minority of parents who want this to happen. I have been told by many witnesses, however, that most parents do not have the confidence to argue against the articulate and forceful people who seek their imposition, for fear of being branded as disloyal to their faith or their community. 11.4 I have received evidence from witnesses who express three key concerns about the impact on children of what has happened. First, I have been told by teachers that they fear children are learning to be intolerant of difference and diversity. Second, although good academic results can be achieved through a narrowing of the curriculum, it comes at a cost. The cost is that young people, instead of enjoying a broadening and enriching experience in school, are having their horizons narrowed. They are not being prepared properly to flourish in the inevitably diverse environments of further education, the workplace or life outside predominantly Muslim communities. They are thus being potentially denied the opportunity to prosper in a modern multi-cultural Britain. Third, the very clear evidence that young people are being encouraged to adopt an unquestioning attitude to a particular hardline strand of Sunni Islam raises real concerns about their vulnerability to radicalisation in the future. I have heard evidence to the effect that there are real fears that their current experiences will make it harder for them to question or challenge radical influences. 11.5 At the centre of what has happened are a number of individuals who have been, or are, associated with either Park View School or the Park View Educational Trust. Time and again, people who have been either teachers or governors at Park View, appear to be involved in behaviours at other schools that have destabilised headteachers, sometimes leading to their resignation or removal. The tactics that have been used are too similar , the individuals concerned too closely linked and the behaviour of a few parents and governors too orchestrated for there not to be a degree of co-ordination and organisation behind what has happened. The clear conclusion is that Park View Educational Trust has, in reality, become the incubator for much of what has happened and the attitudes and behaviours that have driven it. 11.6 I have considered the totality of the evidence gathered during the investigation very carefully, and been careful to avoid the temptation to draw undue inferences from an evidence base that is inevitably incomplete, given the urgent need to establish what has happened in schools so that stability can be restored and children safeguarded. The accumulation of evidence from my own investigation, information received from Birmingham City Council, Ofsted, the Education Funding Agency and numerous other sources lead me to the following conclusion.

    11.7 There has been co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action, carried out by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham. This has been achieved in a number of schools through gaining influence on the governing bodies, installing sympathetic headteachers or senior members of staff, appointing like minded people to key positions, and seeking to remove headteachers who they do not feel to be sufficiently compliant with their agenda. Their motivation may well be linked to a deeply held religious conviction, but the effect has been to limit the life chances of the young people in their care and to render them more vulnerable to pernicious influences in the future.

    11.8 Birmingham City Council was aware of the practices and behaviours that were subsequently outlined in the ‘Trojan Horse’ letter long before the letter surfaced. Officers have conceded that it did not consider carefully enough nor soon enough the question of whether there was a pattern in what was happening across a number of schools. Instead, the Council persisted in approaching incidents on a case-by-case basis. Further, the officers looking at the issue from a community cohesion and education management perspective respectively did not appear to be sufficiently joined up.

    11.9 The Council has not supported headteachers faced with aggressive and inappropriate governor behaviour. This has led to the perception that the Council has relied too readily on the solution of a compromise agreement and that it has failed in its duty of care towards their employees. The Council not being proactive enough in confronting the type of governor practice described in preceding chapters has led to a perception that it has ‘appeased’ governors.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    02/11/2017
    Summary: 

    The invite seemed innocuous. Tomorrow evening, at a community centre in Birmingham, parents, teachers and others would gather to discuss the future of schools in Britain’s second city. One pictures a scene from David Cameron’s Big Society: local people pulling together with experts to improve the education of their children. Sadly, the meeting was no such thing.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/10/2017
    Summary: 

    Segregating boys from girls in a state-funded Muslim secondary school classroom is unlawful sex discrimination, a court has found. Three Court of Appeal judges in London on Friday overturned last year’s finding by a High Court judge that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to penalise the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham on the basis of an “erroneous” view that segregation amounted to unlawful discrimination. In a landmark case, the school had originally challenged its critical Ofsted report, which found dividing the pupils by their sex left them entirely  “unprepared for life in modern Br

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/10/2017
    Summary: 
    • Two imams were prepared to officiate wedding of underage girl
    • More than 1,000 of the 8,000 forced marriages of Britons each year are believed to involve girls of 15 or under

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/09/2017
    Summary: 

    A school in  has left parents outraged after it proposed only serving halal meat in the canteen.

    Update: School have now cancelled their plan to introduce halal only: 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Two schoolboys said a man accused of encouraging terrorism told them "you had to kill" anyone who insulted their religion, a court has heard. One boy said Zameer Ghumra, 38, from Leicester, supported so-called Islamic State and showed him beheading videos

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/09/2017
    Summary: 
    • Islamic school board member Almir Colan is against schoolgirls wearing shorts
    • He said women who imitated men would be cured by The Prophet Mohammed
    • He is concerned about gay marriage leading to wider rollout of Safe School

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Girls as young as four are being “forced to wear the hijab” as part of approved school uniform in state-funded Islamic schools, campaigners have told ministers. According to research by the National Secular Society, the hijab appears to be compulsory in eight state-funded Islamic schools in England, including three primary schools. A further 51 private Islamic schools of the 176 surveyed by the society also require the headscarf to be worn by female pupils. Eighteen schools said wearing the head covering was optional.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Lancashire Councillors are to be given a free vote on whether school children across the country should be fed ‘halal’ meat from animals that have had their throats slit without being stunned.

    Admin: Government guidelines say halal and kosher meat must only be produced for comsumption by Muslims/Jews.

     

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    An undercover reporter captures on camera the hate that's been taught to Muslim students at a faith school in Birmingham UK. It's disgusting to say the least.

  • Country: 
    Saudi Arabia
    News Date: 
    15/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Jihad Watch recently  about Saudi schools “teaching Muhammad’s statements that Jews and Christians are accursed and Muslims must kill Jews.” Such teachings begin as early as first grade.

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    • The Nord-Vest Private School in Copenhagen, came under investigation by Danish authorities during an unannounced visit after teaching materials were found extolling and encouraging young people to commit jihad. Luqman Pedersen, a Danish convert to Islam, admitted to the authorities that the school wishes to create a parallel Muslim society.

    • Two former teachers at the Nord-Vest school described how the children at the school spoke of Danes in terms of "them and us". In a school poetry contest, several of the children composed poems that detailed their wish to beat up and break the legs and hands of the "Danish pigs".

    • "I teach religion, but I was not allowed to teach Christianity. Instead, a visiting imam from Iraq taught Christianity... I could imagine that some of the boys I taught could have been radicalized," a teacher said. The teachers tried to alert both politicians and authorities to some of the problems they had witnessed, but no one would listen.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Some teachers are too scared to discuss 9/11 with their pupils as they fear a backlash from Muslim parents, a leading expert in counter-extremism education has warned. Kamal Hanif OBE, who was appointed by the Government to turn around three schools at the heart of the “Trojan Horse” scandal, said that some teachers have a “misplaced” concern that they will cause offence if they raise 9/11 in the classroom. He said that some teachers - particularly those who work in schools with a high proportion of Muslim students -  see it as a contentious topic and shy away from teaching it.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    05/09/2017
    Summary: 
    • Crossbench peer Lord Singh signed a letter on behald of several religious groups
    • It defends Labour MP Sarah Champion for warning of grooming by Pakistani men
    • And it said the group was 'dismayed by the Labour leadership's weak response'

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Thousands of state primary schools are allowing girls as young as five to wear the Muslim religious headscarf as part of approved school uniform, a Sunday Times survey has revealed. The rise of the classroom hijab has alarmed female Muslim campaigners, church leaders and academics. They say it is divisive, sexualises young girls because it is traditionally not worn until puberty, and should be “fiercely resisted”. Ofsted, the schools watchdog, said there was “growing concern” about the trend.

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    Nigeria, due to its large population, has the highest absolute number of female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide, accounting for about one-quarter of the estimated 115–130 million circumcised women in the world. The objective of this review is to ascertain the current status of FGM in Nigeria. Pertinent literature on FGM retrieved from internet services [Google search on FGM in Nigeria, Nigeria, PubMed of the national library of medicine , Biomedcentral and African Journal Online (AJOL) (FGM)] and textbooks, journals, and selected references for proper understanding of the topic was included in this review. The national prevalence rate of FGM is 41% among adult women. Evidence abound that the prevalence of FGM is declining. The ongoing drive to eradicate FGM is tackled by World Health Organization, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, Federation of International Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO), African Union, The economic commission for Africa, and many women organizations. However, there is no federal law banning FGM in Nigeria. There is need to eradicate FGM in Nigeria. Education of the general public at all levels with emphasis on the dangers and undesirability of FGM is paramount.

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    09/06/2017
    Summary: 
    • The mosque's board denounced Elsayed's comments on Monday; two days later, it placed him on administrative leave
    • Elsayed later issued a clarification through the mosque's website saying that he should have avoided his comments on hyper-sexuality
    • The imam has not been without controversy, such as his support of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, convicted of plotting to assassinate then-President Geroge W Bush
  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/08/2017
    Summary: 

    He is accused of promoting the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). For two days those opposed to his beliefs on FGM have held a peaceful protest outside the new Bohra Masjid mosque in Hockley.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/10/2016
    Summary: 

    Islamic families in Britain have abused and attacked their own children for choosing to refuse the teachings of the Koran, a support group has found. The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain revealed young people have turned to them after being hurt by their loved ones.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    25/08/2017
    Summary: 

    A LABOUR councillor has been sacked by the party just a week after she spoke out to support sexually abused children. Amina Lone, a councillor in Manchester, defended Sarah Champion after the MP wrote an article for The Sun pointing the finger at gangs of Asian-origin rapists in northern towns.

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    Summary: 

    Whether this practice is religious or cultural is debatable. In the Michigan case, the victims belong to an Indian Shiite Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohra, whose members refer to the clitoris as a sinful lump of flesh. The cutting, khatna, is considered a religious observance to prevent girls from becoming promiscuous. Yet female genital mutilation predates Christianity and Islam. No religious text requires it. Many imams have issued fatwas against the practice and Christian leaders like Pope Francis have denounced it.

    Admin: Sharia law recommends the practice to varying degrees.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    25/08/2017
    Summary: 

    The vast majority of members of street grooming gangs are not ‘Asian’ – they are specifically Pakistani, culturally rooted in a nation whose government this week threw out a proposal to ban child marriage on grounds that to do so is ‘unIslamic.’  The grooming gangs are culturally inspired, and racially motivated, and children are being sacrificed to the wish that it wasn’t so: in other words, to a big, fat lie.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/08/2017
    Summary: 

    From 2012 to 2016, a total of 6,226 child abuse allegations were referred to social services in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell – an average of three a day. Regional newspaper the Express & Star that senior council figures said the number of children being “abused and neglected” was rising in Sandwell, a borough previously 

  • Country: 
    Turkey
    News Date: 
    17/08/2017
    Summary: 
    • Turkey has now become the first and only NATO member state that teaches "jihad" in its schools. Although the Turkish government claims that "jihad" means a "spiritual inner struggle for salvation," the official Turkish dictionary defines it as a "war fought in the name of religion."

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/06/2014
    Summary: 

    The , the country's largest Muslim organisation, has condemned the practice of female genital mutilation as "un-Islamic" and told its members that FGM risks bringing their religion into disrepute.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    12/08/2017
    Summary: 

    A nationwide pattern emerged after the first prosecutions in Rotherham, and then Rochdale, where a “culture of silence” and political correctness led to inaction by authorities who feared being called “racist”.

    Thousands of girls were raped and abused by Muslim grooming gangs since the late 1980s with cases largely going ignored until 2001.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/08/2017
    Summary: 

    This wasn’t the first incident in the UK - since 2011 groups of men have been convicted for organised sex grooming cases in 16 towns and cities. And, in all but two of those cases, most were Muslim men of south Asian origin. “They were men like me from my community,” Maajid said during his scathing take. “And in all but three the victims were white teenage girls. That is the truth, and what I’m saying is so uncomfortable that we’ve been ignoring it for years. “As a result of ignoring it this problem has been growing and growing to a point where it now has led to racial tensions.”

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/08/2017
    Summary: 

    Britain must confront the “profoundly racist” reality of Muslim grooming and rape gangs after the Newcastle case, a former head of the Crown Prosecution Service and Liberal Democrat Lord has said.

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    Summary: 

    FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before  starts. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse.

    Communities at particular risk of FGM in the UK originate from:

    • Egypt
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Gambia
    • Guinea
    • Indonesia
    • Ivory Coast
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • Malaysia
    • Mali
    • Nigeria
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
    • Yemen

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    • "No one who comes to us has the right to put their cultural roots or their religious beliefs above our laws." — Heiko Maas, Justice Minister, Germany.

    • These extremist "traditions" need to be exposed and rejected. They are actually nothing more than human rights abuses taking refuge under the banner of religion.

    • "Domestic violence is abuse -- plain and simple. It is not, 'a beautiful blessing' as the video describes it." — Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women, Australia.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/05/2017
    Summary: 

    A Rotherham paedophile ring victim said she ‘specifically told not to comment’ on the ethnicity of her attackers when she reported her rape as a teenager.

    The woman, named Emma, said the authorities made her feel like she was being ‘racist’ during the report when she was just 13-years-old.

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    She said: ‘As soon as I said the names, I was made to feel as though I was racist and I was the one who had the problem.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    02/05/2015
    Summary: 

    Children in the Black Country are being sexually exploited, with gangs similar to those in Rotherham operating in the West Midlands, says a police report.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    19/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Germany has seen a massive increase in the number of women and girls affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), as a result of mass migration from Africa and the Middle East. Women’s rights NGO Terre des Femmes estimates that around 58,000 women living in Germany have undergone the procedure, and that 13,000 more are at risk — figures which have risen by 10,000 and 4,000, respectively, since 2016.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    10/06/2015
    Summary: 

    Last year the Forced Marriages Unit (FMU), run jointly by the Home Office and the Foreign Office, gave advice and support in 1,267 cases of possible forced marriages. So why are there so few prosecutions? Many say the problem lies in deep-rooted cultural traditions and that young people are reluctant to come forward to the authorities.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    22/02/2016
    Summary: 

    'It’s very much a British problem happening to girls and boys in our classrooms, and schools are not spotting the signs,' charity says. A six-year-old girl with learning difficulties was removed from school and taken to marry an older man in Pakistan, an investigation has found. The unnamed child, who subsequently returned to school in the UK, is among dozens of young girls and boys still being forced into marriage despite the introduction of legislation and specific task forces. She was among a number of cases reported following a 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    31/07/2017
    Summary: 

    More children than ever are calling Childline with fears over , the NSPCC has warned. Hundreds of "frightened" and "helpless" teens as young as 13 are contacting  for support.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    30/07/2017
    Summary: 
    • Khuram Butt  was a teacher at a primary school in Eton Community School, Ilford
    • The  27-year-old taught after school Koran classes as a unpaid volunteer
    • Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba drove a van into pedestrians and jumped out of  a van in London Bridge wearing fake suicide vests

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  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    20/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Schoolteachers and other school officials in Berlin have noticed a rising trend of anti-Semitism among pupils and say the expression “You Jew!” has become a common insult. A report conducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) of 21 schools in Berlin shows the level of antisemitism is growing among the primarily Turkish and Arab Muslim pupils.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/07/2017
    Summary: 

    England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools – that segregated boys and girls and had books promoting domestic violence and marital rape – is to be taken over by the Government. The Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001, was put into special measures last summer after the pro-rape texts were found in the institution’s library and a child died from an allergic reaction. In a report 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Al-Hijrah school had received lowest possible Ofsted grade partly because boys and girls were separated from age nine

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    Rotherham is one of the most famous towns in Britain, famous worldwide and famous for all the wrong reasons, a town known for the biggest child protection scandal in UK history. The truth is that the biggest child protection scandal is the whole of the UK, there is not one town or city that has is safe from rape gangs. If there is a kebab shop in your town or city then the risks are high that there is a rape gang operating with impunity.

    Rotherham is the one town most of us are aware of, the one we all focus on and are appalled and disgusted by. The true figure of girls raped will never be known but is estimated to be around 1400. The true number of perpetrators will never be known either and most of them are free to walk around in Rotherham and carry on raping, increasing the estimated number of 1400 girls to who knows how many.

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    British Law and Sharia Law

    The law of the land and alien legal systems: can they co-exist? A Matter of Allegiance.]

    Posted on March 19, 2017 by  in  // 33 Comments

    It’s important to talk about the law and to clarify what we mean. If we say “the law” we tend to mean the law of the land. So if I’m in Britain and I say “the law”, I mean British Law, the law that governs Britain.

    Upon questioning about the presence of sharia law in the UK, the government response has essentially been that there is no sharia law in the UK. What this means is that because sharia law does not have the weight of state behind it, i.e. the state does not enforce sharia law, there is no sharia law. But there is.

    Sharia is not ‘the law’, but it is a set of laws. Sharia law exists in an objective form, as a set of laws, and is adhered to across the world – often imposed by islamic nation states. Just like membership of an association obliges us to obey the laws of that association, sharia law, for many, is to be obeyed in order to be a devout Muslim. Vast numbers of Muslims take that requirement very seriously.

    It’s unfair to claim that sharia law is always a choice, for many it isn’t. Apostasy is widely condemned in even the most ‘moderate’ Muslim communities, and people take great risks if they question Islam. But even if sharia was a choice, even if an individual does choose sharia law, should they be able to in the UK? Should that choice be available? The answer has to be no. Sharia, or other sets of laws, should not be available for use if they run contrary to the law of the land.

    The Law governs our practical daily life in areas such as driving or taxes, but it is also a reflection of our morals as a nation and a people. It is a reflection of what we believe to be moral and right. One of its primary functions is to protect. Who is protected and from what, is derived from our common morals and values.

    The Law prohibits violent physical assault as a criminal offence so we can protect ourselves from violent physical assault, but also to reflect our moral position that we believe violent physical assault is wrong. The Law prohibits sexual engagement with minors so we can protect minors from sexual exploitation and abuse, but also to reflect our common moral position that sex with minors is wrong.  

    The Law of the land is built on several foundational and fixed principles that don’t change as new laws are introduced.  Fundamental principles in criminal law for example don’t change: the standard of proof is beyond reasonable doubt, the burden of proof is on the state etc.

    Family law, the area of law most pertinent when discussing sharia law in the UK, is of the most fundamental importance. Family law also demonstrates who we are as people, what kind of society we seek to be. Like criminal law, there are fundamental principles in family law. Like criminal law, family law principles are consistent, there aren’t exceptions made when new laws are introduced. For example, the equal rights of the parties to a family law dispute don’t change. A husband and a wife have the same status in law, their word carries the same weight. This is fundamental. Also fundamental is the status of children in disputes, the fundamental principle being that the best interests of the child is paramount in any decision involving that child.

    Family law determines the status of women (in the family) and of children. In the UK, the woman is equal to the man, and the child’s protection is paramount. We cannot veer from these principles – it is against the spirit of British Law that reflects who we are.

    Given this, can we allow a system of laws to be practiced, if they are not consistent with the spirit of our law or the principles on which it is built? No, we cannot.

    Sharia law is inconsistent with the spirit of our British Law and its principles. In deciding on a case involving a Lebanese mother who would lose her children under sharia if deported to her home country, the House of Lords called it “wholly incompatible” with human rights legislation.

    Many politicians will argue that sharia is not being practiced in Britain, but it is. It has pseudo court rooms, judges, parties, and a decision. The decision might not be binding according to British Law, but it is binding according to sharia law, and that is what gives it its power.

    In sharia family law, a wife is worth less than her husband. She cannot divorce of her volition, even if she is subject to violence and abuse. Her testimony in a family law dispute is worth only half of her husband’s. This is intended to make it as difficult as possible for women to ‘win’ in any family law dispute. The reason for this is simply because the Koran deems women to be worth less than men.

    Furthermore, in sharia family law, the best interests of the child are not paramount – again in defiance of the standards, principles, and spirit of British Law. The best interests of the child do not come first in sharia because Islam deems that children are the property of their fathers, who has sole power over their lives. Mothers have no input and no rights.

    In the practice of sharia law here in Britain, decisions as to child custody are being made. This inevitably means that children will be placed with their fathers irrespective of circumstances, including if he is violent. Because mothers have no rights, they can’t stop this.

    Sharia law practice takes on different guises in Britain, including under powers of the Arbitration Act. The Arbitration Act allows parties to a dispute to agree to appoint a ‘judge’ and agree to be bound by the decision.

    Arbitration per se is not a problem. In principle, it is a legitimate way for free people to conduct their affairs. But the law itself, i.e. the Arbitration Act itself, places restrictions on this practice that ensure arbitration adheres to the principles of British Law. For example, the Arbitration Act requires that arbitration be fair, impartial, and in the public interest.

    Sharia law is not fair, not impartial, and given its terrible treatment of women and children, it is hardly in the public interest.

    For the most part however, sharia councils operate as charities.  The problem here is that charity laws tend to view religion as a force for good. It does so without examining the detail of what the religion teaches. Across the board, in public life, religions are deemed to be essentially the same, and are deemed to encourage moral behaviour.

    If we are going to oppose sharia law, and we should, we must stop designating unquestioning privilege to religion. We must look at what the religion teaches and the impact these teachings can have on its followers. 

    We must also stop pretending that there is nothing specific to sharia that should worry us. There is. It is a system predicated on female subservience, on violent punishment, on oppression, on arbitrary whims of clerics, and on complete disregard for the rights of children.

    Sharia is not compatible with Britain; it’s not compatible with our social values, our legal principles, or who we are as a nation. Its practice should therefore not be permitted. The fundamental principles of British Law should instead be upheld as supreme.  

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/02/2016
    Summary: 

    A victim in the Rotherham grooming trial has claimed she was raped by a town councillor. The allegation can be reported for the first time following the conviction and sentencing of a gang of three brothers, their uncle and two associates for a  in the town over 16 years. The victim gave the surname of the man as Akhtar during an interview conducted by police for the purpose of the case. The prosecuto

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Thousands of British school children are being put at risk in unregistered religious centres and schools, the new chief inspector warns. Up to 6,000 pupils could be in danger, and the warning comes as one former pupil claims his teachers caned him on an “almost daily basis”. Amanda Spielman, head of the school’s inspectorate, Ofsted, called this weekend for new laws and powers to protect children. “It is clear that weaknesses in current legislation allow some organisations to teach school-aged children religious texts full time… and avoid proper scrutiny,” Ms.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/05/2014
    Summary: 

    A London hate preacher jailed after calling for 9/11-style attacks across Europe has sparked fresh outrage after defending the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/06/2017
    Summary: 

    A Luton Islamic School which segregated staff by gender and hosted radical speakers has been slammed by the Charity Commission and accused of misconduct. The Rabia Educational Trust caters for 128 pupils, charges up to £2,300 a year, and has the stated ‘charitable aim’ of advancing “the single sex Islamic faith based education of girls and boys.” It was found to have poor management, mismanaged accounts, and failed to protect pupils from potentially harmful views in the past, the regulator claimed in an 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/06/2017
    Summary: 

    An Islamic school that hosted radical clerics and segregated teachers by gender is accused today by the Charity Commission of mismanagement and misconduct. The regulator expressed concern that the Rabia Educational Trust, which caters for 128 pupils and charges up to £2,300 a year, had failed to protect pupils from potentially harmful views. Ofsted has inspected Rabia girls’ and boys’ school in Luton four times since 2014 but it continues to fail to meet educational and management standards and remains under regulatory action by the schools inspectorate.

  • Country: 
    Austria
    News Date: 
    22/06/2017
    Summary: 

    Shutting down Islamic kindergartens where children have little or no command of German would be an efficient way to ensure the integration of migrants, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said. “Of course, we don’t need them. There should be no Islamic kindergartens,” Kurz  when asked whether he would agree to completely get rid of such facilities.

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