(by Rick Wells, GOP The Daily Dose) -- The fact that Muslim is not a race didn’t stop the zealots at one school from demonizing students who missed a scheduled school field trip for Islamic familiarization. Not only was the elementary school engaging in their version of Muslim tolerance training, they also employed strong-arm tactics and threats in doing so.
Many parents wondered just when it became appropriate for a school to act as a propaganda arm for Islam as well as the suitability of making threats against students as a means of coercion.
Littleton Green Community School was accused by concerned parents of blackmailing their children, fourth through sixth graders, into attending a workshop on Islam at Staffordshire University in England. The event was portrayed by the school as being similar in content to a trip to a museum, with Islamic artifacts displayed and cultural information presented. They stated that no religious services were part of the workshop. Many parents felt they missed the point.
Not only were the children mandated to attend, but their parents were ordered to pay five British Pounds per child as well to cover the expenses associated with their indoctrination.
The school sent a letter home with each student to their parents notifying them of the event. Included in the letter was a warning that a child’s failure to attend would result in the school placing a “Racial Discrimination Note” in the child’s permanent school record.
The school also cautioned, apparently in anticipation of parental resistance, that “All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note,” what we in the States refer to as a doctor’s excuse.
The parents were outraged. Gillian Claridge, said “How dare they threaten to brand the children racist at such a young age? It’s going to make them feel like little criminals.” Another parent, Stacy Waldron said, “I feel my child will be [viewed as] racist if I don’t allow her to go. This is my choice, not hers, and she shouldn’t have to pay for it.”
Eventually Headmistress Lynn Small backtracked and abandoned the threatened retaliations against the students if they failed to attend. She said, “The idea of attaching a ‘racial discrimination note’ to children’s education records saying it will remain on their file for the duration for their school career seems unfair, particularly when it is not the child’s decision whether or not he or she attends.”