Warning in 2008/10 of “Trojan Horse” Made by Christians with Missionary Tendencies

Missionary Tendencies…

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.

3 thoughts on “Warning in 2008/10 of “Trojan Horse” Made by Christians with Missionary Tendencies

  1. Muslim children need Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental period. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. These schools are in a mess because there are non-Muslim children as well as teachers. Derby Free Muslim school was also in a mess because the head as well as couple of teachers are non-Muslims.Twenty leading educationalists and Muslim leaders have questioned Ofsted’s impartiality in the Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, education consultant Robin Richardson reflects on the factors behind its controversial recent inspections.The current secretary of state for education, for example, stands to gain a great deal or to lose a great deal, depending on how the Trojan Horse affair plays out. He could become leader of his party, or alternatively could end up in the political wilderness. But in addition to electoral politics, the Trojan Horse is affected by relationships and power struggles between central and local government, and within local government between councillors and officers on the one hand and head teachers and teacher unions on the other. Also, head teachers are pitted against each other, as are NASUWT and NUT.Further, there are tensions and disagreements about the role, independence and future of Ofsted, and in relation to the expectations which different interest groups have of Ofsted. These tensions exist within the coalition government, and between the Department for Education and Ofsted, and within Ofsted itself. In common with secretary of state for education, Ofsted stands to gain a great deal or to lose a great deal, depending on how the Trojan Horse affair plays out.
    London School of Islamics Trust

  2. It is not a Muslim school. The waiting lists are greatest in the area for the faith schools that are Christian and Catholic, the waiting lists are full of Muslims.

  3. According to a recent report, Muslim schools performed best overall, although they constitute only a fraction of the country’s 7000 schools. Muslim schools do well because of their Islamic ethos and a focus on traditional discipline and teaching methods. They teach children what is right and what is wrong, because young children need structured guidance.

    A man is a product of his culture, language and faith. State funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers would help bilingual Muslim children to develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual identities before they are exposed to other cultures and faiths. A bilingual Muslim child must learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran. On top of that he/she must learn Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with his/her cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of his/her literature and poetry. Without Muslim schools, Muslim children are not going to develop their Islamic identity, crucial for their mental, social, emotional and personality development. We have already lost four generations and fifth one is in the process of losing its cultural, linguistic and spiritual Identities.

    I have been campaigning for state funded Muslim schools for the last 45 years because British schooling is the home of institutional racism and British teachers are chicken racists. British teachers are not role models for Muslim children during their developmental periods.

    None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.

    I set up the first Muslim school in London in 1981 and now there are about 188 Muslim schools and only 18 are state funded. I would like to see each and every Muslim child in a state funded Muslim school with bilingual Muslim teachers as role model. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

    Western media and politicians have been trying their best to propagate against Muslim schools. Muslim schools are even called Osama bin Laden Academies by a Teaching Union. Only less than 5% of Muslim children attend Muslim schools while more than 95% are in state schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.

    The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of the land. Muslim community is not asking for any favour. Muslim community pays all sorts of taxes and is less burden on social services.

    Church leaders say it is no longer “appropriate” for them to run Sacred Heart RC Primary School which has just six Christian pupils. The school in Blackburn, Lances, could be handed to the nearby Masjid-e-Tauheedul mosque.

    Harry Devonport of Blackburn with Darwin Council Children’s Services, said the decision to abandon the school was made by the Diocese of Salford. Diocese education director Geraldine Bradbury said: “We have never experienced a change to this extent before. We would not be serving the local community by insisting that we run the school. It brings things like having a Catholic head teacher and devoting 10% of the timetable to RE.”It would be wrong of us to insist on putting a school community through that.”

    There are hundreds of state and church schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

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