Recently, news made headlines that the notions within the fabricated Trojan Horse plot, now known as the Trojan Hoax plot, were in fact aired back in 2010. The media spoke of “bloodless coup” in one school by “Muslim hardliners” – whatever that is defined as and quoted Queensbridge school head Tim Boyes as giving credence to plot. As ever, it was picked up by white “hardliners” in the government, with Theresa May using it as a way to attack Michael Gove for not rounding up the Muslims quicker and dealing with them harder.
Interestingly, however, Boyes and others who have “blown the whistle” on the Trojan hoax are claimed to be Christians who have missionary tendencies, giving preference to Christian teachers to teach in Muslim majority schools. The claims have been made by the vicar of Small Heath, Birmingham. Father Oliver Cross, in his insightful piece, writes,
“This new interjecton into the debate comes on the part of three educationalists who, at various points over the last twenty years, feel that they have flagged up just what #trojanhorse alleges. What the press reports don’t particularly acknowledge is that these folk are all Christians, and have – if the Twitter rumours are to be believed – been understood to favour employing Christian staff in majority-Muslim schools by inspiring in them a sense of their duty to conduct personal discipleship in full view of people whose faith conviction is a different to theirs. One of them recently spoke at a church meeting, where the Church of England was being encouraged (partly at my instigation) to up its commitment to education in the light of thousands of new school places being needed in Birmingham: the suggestion was made that it was “amazing what could be achieved through a few Christian children and parents” coming to a majority-Muslim school. That, perhaps, speaks for itself.”
Concerned about his own reputation, he further adds,
“…they are being seen as Christian missionaries who cared not for the education of children in majority-Islamic schools, but who were desperate to inject a bit of Christianity amid enemy territory. What, in this context, must the parents of my school think about my intentions? Am I to be seen as a reverse #trojanhorse, who will seek to remove Islamic emphases from the culture of my school, and sacrifice excellent attainment in order to re-establish fertile missionary ground again? I hope to God, that what I do will be seen as far removed from that.”
Surely, if this is true then this is the Christianist Trojan Horse plot. There will be no headlines, though, declaring “Christian Takeover Muslim Schools!”, attacking the faith and smearing its speakers as is done to the Muslim minority. Interestingly, the new head who has been shoehorned into Al-Hijra school as part of the Interim Executive Board is a non-Muslim, white man.
Oliver Cross is the same man of faith who has previously strongly rejected the notion of the Trojan Hoax plot. Typically, the neocon dominated media have yet to air his voice on this matter and I very much doubt seeing these words being referenced in future government playground debacles. I extend my thanks to Father Oliver Cross for providing this insight into a deeply damaging, poignant issue, which will most certainly cause to maintain a level of distrust between the Muslim minority of the UK and the government for the foreseeable future.