The Catholic Church in Britain responded to a movement to push fundamentalist Islamic teachings in their schools by removing Islam from the curriculum altogether.
The church is following reforms made to the GCSE curriculum, which requires schools to teach two religions.
Following efforts by Islamic fundamentalists to implement extremist teachings in the schools through ‘dirty tricks’ however, the Church decided to drop Islam and instead teach Judaism.
The Roman Catholic Church is drawing criticism for ordering its schools to teach Judaism alongside Christianity in GCSE religious studies at the exclusion of Islam or other faiths. Senior Muslim leaders say the move is “disappointing” and hit back by warning that Pope Francis’s inclusive message of greater tolerance between the faiths was being ignored.
The Church’s move follows last year’s reforms to the GCSE exam. Under the new rules, schools are required to teach two religions rather than one but remain free to make the choice themselves without external interference.
The change was designed to drive extremism out of the classroom following the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot, in which individuals were found to have been introducing fundamentalist Islamic teaching into Muslim schools in Birmingham by ousting head teachers and staff members through a dirty tricks campaign.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, former secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, urged Catholic leader Cardinal Vincent Nichols to rethink the ban.
Muslim leaders took offense to the move, with one saying it runs counter to “the messages that are coming out from the Church for greater tolerance of other faiths.”
Couldn’t the same have been said for Judaism, having been excluded from the curriculum prior to this move? Were these Muslim leaders equally as upset about the tolerance not being exhibited for other religions?
Comment: Do you support the move by the Catholic Church to drop Islam from their religious teachings in favor of Judaism?