Will Allegations Against Riverside Church-Linked Tim Boyes and Reverend John Ray be Investigated?

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Peter Clarke and Ian Kershaw’s reports regarding the Trojan Hoax seemed to have highlighted some damning issues.  However upon closer analysis, they are incredibly biased and methodologically flawed reports which any social scientist can pick apart.  A detailed analysis will be given at some point.  However, my contention remains the same as before; issues in schools may exist and I am for one against any form of intimidation and flouting of rules. They need to be dealt with. But those rules, inquiries and outcomes, by government bodies and the media must be equally be applied. There are many cases where issues have occurred, not by Muslims but by evangelical Christians, yet the treatment of Christians has not been the same and their behaviour has been largely ignored (see Albert Bore’s quote here). Rule of law as such has been trodden over in order to push a wider “anti-Islam” neocon agenda, and it reinforces the notion that the Muslim minority are continually being treated as second-class citizens. This is Muslim minority discrimination.

Alleged incidents implicating controversial Riverside-linked teachers, who are also purportedly behind the Trojan Hoax letter, demonstrates this point.

Boyes’ Shocking Allegations

Tim Boyes of Queensbridge School is alleged to have latent supremacist views which occasionally surface in his outbursts and during conversations.

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Riverside Church is based on Queensbridge School on sundays

Since publishing my previous two articles dealing with Riverside Church and Karen Slater, I have received many messages supporting the claims made in the articles and have been privy to allegations against Tim Boyes in particular, lending some veracity to the allegations which have been made. The example set forth are those which my sources in Birmingham have been able to confirm.

Around 2009/10 a local Birmingham Imam visited Queensbridge School with the intention of assisting Moseley School, where Boyes was the interim head, in reaching out to the children. He wished to deliver a lecture. Boyes was uninterested, and when leaving his office, the Imam asked whether he could help in any way. Boyes retorted telling him that the Muslim children after ablution leave water in the toilets and the caretaker of the school dislikes cleaning it. He suggested to the Imam that the mosque could come to the school and clean up after the children. To Boyes’ credit, upon his attention being brought to his mistake and/or possibly sensing that this could be brought against him in the future, Boyes sent a letter to the Imam explaining that he did not intend offence and that he would come and clean the mosque for him.

Former pupils of the school have also made some shocking allegations. It has been alleged by an 18 year old ex-pupil that Boyes would occasionally remind the pupils of South-Asian origin telling them that,

“You will always be second-class citizens”.

If true then this would be a most startling statement for any person to make, let alone a head teacher. The psychological impact on Muslim children could potentially be detrimental, lowering their sense of achievement.

This trait seems to have been with Boyes for some time. Sources in Birmingham have also mentioned that it is alleged that Boyes made similar remarks in Golden Hillock School. This is one of the reasons, it is claimed, that Boyes left Golden Hillock School to take up a senior position in Queensbridge School, a move made under the auspices of Thelma Probert.

Boyes and Take Overs and Financial Mismanagement

Tim Boyes has been trying to takeover schools for some time. His efforts to merge Queensbridge with Moseley is most noticeable. The appointment of Thelma Probert as the Chair of Governors for the IEB for Moseley school and the appointment of Boyes as acting head in 2009 is evidenced here, where it is alleged that,

Tim Boyes smeared and instigated the removal of the Moseley School Governing Body with the support of cronies in Birmingham City Council… Following the removal of the Governing Body, an Interim Executive Board was established, initially chaired by Thelma Probert OBE. Ms. Probert (OBE) was forced to resign with immediate effect when it became public knowledge that there was a potential and serious conflict of interest. Not only was she the School Improvement Partner for Queensbridge School (a paid post) where Tim Boyes is the substantive Head but when she was Head of Golden Hillock School, she had a Deputy Head called Mr. T. Boyes! 

Both Probert and Boyes had already failed Golden Hillock School.

The question is raised as to whether this involvement with Moseley was with the aim of placing Christian teachers into Muslim-majority schools. The possibility is certainly there, as Father Oliver Cross in Birmingham has highlighted:

“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.”

During Boyes’ tenure as acting head of Moseley School in Birmingham, Boyes had authorised £75,000 of school money to be invested in the repairing of Grouse Cottage in Wales. The cowboy builders who undertook the job were employed by a firm owned by a member of the Interim Executive Board (an example of what Karen Slater would call, “nepotism”), which was forced in by Boyes and his associate Thelma Probert. A total of £131,000 of expenditure was authorised without the appropriate approval. To compound this further, planning permission for the work was also not obtained, which resulted in the cottage being sold this year and pupils losing the benefit of visiting the cottage.

Financial Mismanagement and more “nepotism” by Evangelicals at Golden Hillock

Riverside Church attendee Reverend John Ray was a governor and the vice chair of the finance committee for Golden Hillock School. During this period he was also the chair of Feast, which at the time was not registered as a charity. Reverend Ray was able to agree £23,000 per annum to be paid to Feast, for a youth worker to do a youth club in the school. Lynn Morris, former principal of Joseph Chamberlain College and a practising Christian, was the chair of the finance committee and approved the payment.

Sources close to a previous chair of Golden Hillock School have alleged that Reverend Ray’s conflict of interest was not disclosed to the schools and the arrangement lasted close to three years.

Concluding Remarks

Peter Clarke’s report was mainly based on allegations, verified by further allegations ignoring any counter-narratives. Peter Clarke in his DfE report on the Trojan Hoax allegations asserted that there were efforts to “subvert normal processes”, which had the hallmarks of “Islamism”.

A supremacist, prejudiced mentality, smearing and instigation of removal of governors, “nepotism”, financial mismanagement and the pushing of an ideology (Christian youth organisation) are all actions which led Clarke to his neocon conclusions in his Department for Education report into the Trojan Hoax. What ideology would he attribute Boyes and Reverend Ray’s alleged actions to? Evangelical Christianism? Will we see the three levels of investigations into these schools? Or is there one rule for Muslims and another for Christians?

There is more to be discussed and it will be presented as and when the information I have is verified. For now, I will leave Boyes with the following question:

You claimed that you had warned the Department for Education of the Trojan Hoax allegations in 2010. A political punch-up ensued when Theresa May attacked Michael Gove with these repeated allegations, thus lending further credibility to your claims. My question is, why have you not repeated this claim in the media?

 

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21 thoughts on “Will Allegations Against Riverside Church-Linked Tim Boyes and Reverend John Ray be Investigated?

  1. Good afternoon,

    Can I please clarify a number of points in your post as there seems to be a misunderstanding.

    I am the CEO of The Feast – http://www.thefeast.org.uk – a local charity committed to helping young people of different faiths and cultures to live together.

    Firstly, it is correct that since between 2010 and July 2013 we had a service level agreement with Golden Hillock School for one of our youth workers to work there 1 day per week. Initially this was for £3,000 PA and later increased to £3,600 PA – no where near the £23,000 PA mentioned (but that would have been great!)

    Secondly, Jon Ray has never been a member of The Feast Trustees, nor held any formal or informal roles with out charity. Jon is however a good friend, but so are many of those in the community who may have a problem with Jon. Our staff and volunteer team who are of different faiths, true to our work with different group of young people, are committed to building stronger understanding and relationships across our sometimes divided communities. This means we work with both sides … even when we disagree on things.

    Finally, I am happy to inform your readers that The Feast has been invited back into the school earlier in 2014, and enjoy the support of the school leadership and a number of the governors. We are grateful to be complimenting the endeavours of a hard working school and their amazing students.

    I am extremely sorry your post has been so poorly researched, and would very much appreciate a correction be made.

    I would also welcome the opportunity to discuss or explain any aspect of the work of The Feast. Please feel free to contact me anytime on tim@thefeast.org.uk or 07450 925 290, or my colleague Nahim Khan on nahim@thefeast.org.uk (have not been able to check with him first before supplying his mobile number).

    • Welcome to the blog and thank you for taking your time out to comment. As ever I do my utmost to ensure that my posts are not (unlike the Clarke and Kershaw reports) “poorly researched” as you have claimed, therefore any clarification which does come my I will rectify straight away.

      However, there does seem to be a conflict of information between your account and the accounts I have obtained.

      Regarding your first point, my sources in Birmingham have confirmed that they have the financials to prove their values. Correct or not, it is your word against the source.

      Regarding your second point, my sources have again checked with their sources in Birmingham, and they confirm what you have said, in part. What has been stated is that that once your organisation was registered around March 2012, Reverend Ray was not signed up as a trustee, but was the chair of an interim group prior to the attainment of charitable status. In any case, the original point should not be conflated, which is that the use of Feast services was without a tendering process and the absence of declaration of interest in light of the nexus between Reverend Ray and Feast, something which you have confirmed.

      As for your final point, it is irrelevant to the material allegations raised in the blog.

      The second point will result in a clarification in the blog. The first point, in the face of conflicting claims, will not.

      I have no reason to have scruples regarding the work Feast engages in, therefore no discussion regarding this is necessary. Thank you for the offer.
      Regards

  2. I have been on the recruitment panel at Queensbridge school and can assure you, there is no neptoism or indeed any requirement for any teacher to have any leaning towards christianity.In fact, when one teacher was asked what she would do if the job became very challenging for her and she answered that, as a christian, she would pray, her reply ruled her out of the appt .

    • Welcome to the blog and thank you for your comment.

      Your comments clarify or refute nothing in the article with regards to Queensbridge School. The comment seem to be confusing aspects of the post.

      Regards,

  3. i have read a couple of your articles about Queensbridge . You clearly are enraged by the recently exposure of the ‘goings on’ in east birmingham schools, which directly discriminated against women and non muslims; nepotism by promoting family members to senior teaching positions ( with no qualifications and criminal convictions); anti christian chanting in assemblies; narrowing of the curriculum to core subjects to secure league table positions etc.However,to try to align Queensbridge with the same type of sinister framework based on contested and questionably sourced receipts, is desperately disingenuous. Further, it does muslims a great dis-service by audaciously attempting to deflect attention away from the conspirators in your own camp who are wholly responsible for the aggressive,depressing media coverage muslims have suffered recently(as well as the totally inept BCC).

    • Lets not make this an emotional discussion by assuming that I am “enraged” and therefore giving the perception to readers that my articles and responses are in someway irrationally-charged. My position throughout has been that the disproportionate and discriminatory treatment of the Muslim minority as compared to other groups is unacceptable, riding on the back of a broader agenda. All your allegations which are a regurgitation of the highly flawed Clarke and Kershaw report which contains hearsay based on hearsay, not factoring malicious intent – the standard of investigations these days – speaks volumes of your objectivity. The fact that the same has happened with the regards to the schools mentioned in my articles highlights that these issues are not specific to “conspirators in my own camp”, but rather affect other schools amongst other groups, like Riverside-Church linked evangelical Christians at Golden Hillock.

      It also highlights your holier-than-thou attitude: its ok to smear Muslims on the basis of hearsay (“anti-Christian chanting” allegation has been made by one questionable member of the public – rejected by the school, uncorroborated and unverified yet repeated through the media and even used by you), but as soon as the same methodology is applied to the practices of Christian teachers it becomes dismissed as, “based on contested and questionably sourced receipts” and “desperately disingenuous”.

      Its funny how you have not gone out of your way to highlight the same with the reports which have been drawn up by Kershaw and Clarke. In fact you believe them to be the truth. Are you Tim Boyes? Stoking the fire of lies resulting in the targeting and intimidation of the Muslims of Birmingham? Can you ask him why he hasnt repeated his statement that he raised the Trojan Hoax claims years ago to the DfE?

      • Well said coolness of hind when Boyes and crew were busy with their anti- Muslim chanting, I wonder where all these champions of justice were hiding. These guys have taken up the old adage “tell a lie tell it big and repeat it often”.

      • This is exactly my point, Boyes added to the chorus with a claim he has yet to repeat (Trojan Horse claims raised to DfE) – this is the key question, why has he not repeated the claims?

      • It’s not heresay – there is copious evidence. For example,it is quite easy to trace a relative to another member working at the school, similar with qualifications, criminal convictions , whether crb checks have been done etc.What happened to Balwant Bains is a frightening and was deliberate attempt to oust a good head based on discrimination. The group got away with it for long enough, but ultimately the negligence of the BCC in these affairs, have led to the mass exposure by the media , which have in turn blown a fairly small ,localised problem into an issue of national concern .It is the BCC who have allowed this happen,discriminating against non muslims who raised concerns, thus giving a sense of validity to the perpetrators, who should hang their heads in shame.

      • Thanks again for taking your time out to comment.

        It is hearsay when there is conflicting evidence deliberately not taken into account. Facts exist, but accounts given are subjective. The account given by Balwant Bains was one side of the story and the only side taken into account, the other side which shows with evidence which was submitted to Kershaw and Clarke proving inter alia Bains’ racism was not taken into account, nay, not even referenced. This is scandalous. And it also shows your inherent (Riverside Church, Trojan Horse letter?) bias.

        As for the rest of your comment its a regurgitation of the previous comment. The nepotism by non-Muslim, evangelical Christians at Golden Hillock school has escaped you it seems. Karen Slater and her friend Jo Tyler were engaged in the same behaviour – are you willing to condemn them too, perhaps urge them to hang their head in shame? Or is it only Muslims who should be named and shamed?

        And I repeat, Are you Tim Boyes? Can you ask him why he hasnt repeated his statement that he raised the Trojan Hoax claims years ago to the DfE?

  4. No, I am most definitely NOT Tim Boyes, but I am a member of the NUT and can tell you that what actually came out in the reports was the tip of the iceburg re the antics of some of these school governors. Many members have had first hand experience with them and tell quite chilling accounts.I would alsdo like to remind you that the reason why accounts were seen as reliable evidence was the sheer unprecedented volume and variety of people who actually submitted their complaint.it is the muslim denialists who are are trying to create smoke and mirrors with half baked protestations that just don’t stack up.It is actually doing your community more harm than good as the old adage re the boy who cried wolf. When you actually do have a genuine axe to grind , no-one will listen.

    • Thanks again for your comment Kasy.

      If you re-read the blog, before conflating issues (as you have in your comments) you will note the following point:

      “my contention remains the same as before; issues in schools may exist and I am for one against any form of intimidation and flouting of rules. They need to be dealt with. But those rules, inquiries and outcomes, by government bodies and the media must be equally be applied.”

      I repeat, “chilling accounts” of nepotism, financial mismanagement and even supremacist views exist amongst Christian evangelical teachers, why has this been ignored? Evidence was submitted to Clarke showing racist tendencies of heads who were crying the Trojan Horse “wolf”, why was this not even given a mention by Clarke or conspicuously leaked to the media? I will over time expose this evidence and also highlight the problems with the report. I am most certainly not a denialist, but rather I am highlighting the blatantly discriminatory treatment of Muslims, a point which you are consistently overlooking, which again, I repeat, indicates towards your bias and blindspot towards non-Muslim teachers. These exposes will include the reason why Tim Boyes has not repeated his comments about the DfE ignoring the Trojan Hoax claims he raised in 2010. As a NUT member you can ask Boyes too as to why he hasnt repeated it, or you can wait for an upcoming blog, which will demonstrate the “damage” he did to “our” community.

      As for your adage, you can keep it, neocons were driving the investigations and they didnt want to listen. Muslim minority discrimination is so prevalent, the counter-narrative is being drowned out by biased officials who are connected to the biased media. I will, however continue to expose the blatant hypocrisy in the treatment of the Muslim minority.

  5. Hi
    The whole of Kershaw’s report is heresay evidence! !!! And Clarke’s, a WhatsApp group with 3000 messages and he hands picks 5 conversations!!!!!
    What is quite striking when reading the Kershaw’s report, the volume of evidence gathered for Golden Hillock School and Moseley School which suggests a coordinated plot to justify the cause but what was quite apparent, Tim Boyes and Riverside church direct coordination in the Kershaw’s report, both schools which Tim Boyes and Riverside church have strong connections with.

    This is how I see it,

    In 2009, Tim Boyes tried to takeover Moseley School but was unsuccessful with a hostile governing body. Telma Probert still remains a governor there.

    Seeing Riverside churchs influence slowly diminishing with local people taking the platform, Tim Boyes in 2010 goes to Parliament to sell the ministers this bogus takeover plot to limit muslim governor’s participation, they rightfully don’t believe him.

    In 2013, Tim’s friend Mathew Scarrott resigns from golden hillock due to his bad performance and his inability to hold staff accountable. The governing body at that time, largely muslim, reflecting local demographics and people finally wanting better. They choose Parkview academy.

    Tim Boyes and Riverside desperately are losing influence in schools, fearing for Moseley School next as the results speak for themselves, they conjured up a bogus letter about Parkview. They deliberately kept the school part of the plot away from Golden Hillock School to avoid suspicion.

    All they had to do is drip feed the media and coordinate evidence, however distorted it may be to present to the investigations. …. that’s exactly what has happened!

    So who are the real winner’s? Riverside! Prevented future muslims becoming governor’sor would aalways be viewed with suspicion.

    Tim Boyes! Leading the Birmingham Partnership Network, he now has over 200 schools on his finger tips in the city

  6. If a christian white senior staff member called Jo Tyler appoints her family members to carry out work at Golden Hillock School that is a christian thing to do.

    Also as point of correction the school that was falsifying results had a white head a white deputy head and anglican priest as chair.

  7. http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=103519
    (39% of pupils passed 5 GCSEs in Eng and Mat last year)

    http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=138059
    (75% of pupils passed 5 GCSEs in Eng and Mat last year in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, 11% higher than in the green and leafy surburban-located Queensbridge)

    This is really what has riled Boys and Co, isn’t it?

    And the big plot is that a whopping 61% of children left Moseley last year without even the most BASIC of qualifications. The children deserve better.

  8. Sorry, but ‘carrying out work’ such as cleaning etc is not the same as appointing someone to a senior management position in a school with no qualifications!I have spoken to many teachers at NUT meetings, both muslim and non muslim who have not spoken to anyone involved in the investigation, but have witnessed the antics at work of the governors involved.The teachers are all disconnected to each other but their accounts are remarkably similar . (One of them was from Moseley school)The others were teachers who had worked at one of the schools over the last 5 years.Of course, those involved are going to deny the allegations, however, when hundreds of people, disconnected to each other , complain , you cannot deny the pattern that emerges. Perhaps those concerned genuinely believe they did nothing wrong and still don’t – so entrenched is the cultural isolation in some areas, there appears to be an inability or even desire, to relate to the rest of the community. You must also be aware that it was not only Tim Boyes that had concerns about these governors, yes he may have ‘grassed’ you up, but this was ineffective, that was his whole complaint, as witnessed on his interview with the BBC a few months ago.. Other heads not working in the schools have raised similar concerns, though have not publicly admitted this, unlike Boyes, who clearly felt vindicated by the trojan horse letter which was written by an insider – had to be with so much upto date, intricate information at hand about a spectrum of the schools, not just Moseley, which doesn’t feature very strongly in Clark’s report anyway. The NUT was pretty useless in supporting it’s members – Roger King in particular, who actually knew what was going on but whined we don’t have enough hard evidence, like a taped confession or something.Just taking the easy route.Not what we pay our subscriptions for , but that’s another story. A white colleague, who was previously judged an outstanding teacher which was why she got the job, was judged inadequate at Saltley and forced to resign within the space of 6 months(compromise agreement courtesy of the NUT).She now works at my school and has been rated outstanding by both staff and ofsted.
    As regards the publishing of only 5 messages from whatsapp – he actually chose 5 of the milder messages in my view – some of the other messages revealed in other sources were far more sinister.
    Now the conspiracy theories you and your chums put forward are so thin without anything remotely resembling evidence,(bit like the Lee Rigby hoax theory), I wouldn’t even dignify them with the term ‘hearsay’, but do go on and write your blog anyway 🙂

    On the upside, I totally support the Palestinian cause in Gaza and would not allow the denialists approach over the trojan horse issue to cloud my judgement. Here is a very clear case of oppression.Muslims in Birmingham, on the other hand, have a very easy time of it, not least of all with yellow belly councils and unions falling over themselves to grant your every whim, under the guise of ‘community cohesion'(oh the irony) and ‘political correctness’.

    • Interesting how you yet to have any response or answer to any of the points or questions I have made or asked. Apart from you confirming you are not Tim Boyes that is. Instead you are simply regurgitating the same using a different set of vocabulary. Nevertheless I’ll tender your comment one more time,

      “Sorry, but ‘carrying out work’ such as cleaning etc is not the same as appointing someone to a senior management position in a school with no qualifications!”

      From my previous article: ‘Slater is very good friends with Jo Tyler, another Riverside Church attendee. She started out as a bookkeeper for the school, but under Matthew Scarrott’s leadership, she was accelerated to a position which was specifically created for her – business director – earning circa £60,000 a year. Furthermore, Tyler’s mother is also employed at Golden Hillock as a librarian and Tyler’s husband has been brought in as part of the teaching staff.’

      “I have spoken to many teachers at NUT meetings, both muslim and non muslim who have not spoken to anyone involved in the investigation, but have witnessed the antics at work of the governors involved…”

      I have already responded to this point and therefore will no longer waste my time in responding to this again.

      “Perhaps those concerned genuinely believe they did nothing wrong and still don’t – so entrenched is the cultural isolation in some areas, there appears to be an inability or even desire, to relate to the rest of the community.”

      This sounds a little racist. It’s a massively presumptuous unsubstantiated claim to make and one which reeks of your supremacist mentality. The converse can also be said: that Riverside Church-linked teachers are so entrenched in their evangelical mind-set that they refuse to accept any other narratives and evidences except their own which they jotted down into a letter and handed to the BCC.

      “You must also be aware that it was not only Tim Boyes that had concerns about these governors, yes he may have ‘grassed’ you up, but this was ineffective, that was his whole complaint, as witnessed on his interview with the BBC a few months ago..”

      This just proves that you have no idea what you are talking about. Me as an outsider to Birmingham know better what happened with regards to Boyes after his little whipping up of even more media attention and smearing of Muslims and even Islam. You still haven’t responded to my question, why hasn’t he repeated these claims? I don’t expect you to answer this because you have no idea what your friend Boyes has been doing and the conversations the DfE had with him. You will soon.

      “Other heads not working in the schools have raised similar concerns, though have not publicly admitted this, unlike Boyes, who clearly felt vindicated by the trojan horse letter which was written by an insider – had to be with so much upto date, intricate information at hand about a spectrum of the schools, not just Moseley, which doesn’t feature very strongly in Clark’s report anyway.”

      See above response. Also it is interesting to note that you highlight Moseley school. Have you actually read my blog? This is the same school where it is alleged that Boyes, ‘smeared and instigated the removal of the Moseley School Governing Body with the support of cronies in Birmingham City Council… Following the removal of the Governing Body, an Interim Executive Board was established, initially chaired by Thelma Probert OBE. Ms. Probert (OBE) was forced to resign with immediate effect when it became public knowledge that there was a potential and serious conflict of interest. Not only was she the School Improvement Partner for Queensbridge School (a paid post) where Tim Boyes is the substantive Head but when she was Head of Golden Hillock School, she had a Deputy Head called Mr. T. Boyes!’

      Of course, Boyes is white, and Christian, therefore there is no point in investigating this. In fact it implicates Boyes; its funny how Moseley school is mentioned in the Clarke report heavily and there are allegations against Boyes that he was one of the architects of the Trojan Hoax letter as well the one smeared and instigated the removal of the governing body.

      “A white colleague, who was previously judged an outstanding teacher which was why she got the job, was judged inadequate at Saltley and forced to resign within the space of 6 months(compromise agreement courtesy of the NUT).She now works at my school and has been rated outstanding by both staff and ofsted.”

      A Muslim teacher was forced out by the racist head at Saltley too apparently. I will be investigating this soon and will do a post on this. Interesting how this case escaped your concerns, rather like Clarke’s report.

      “As regards the publishing of only 5 messages from whatsapp – he actually chose 5 of the milder messages in my view – some of the other messages revealed in other sources were far more sinister. Now the conspiracy theories you and your chums put forward are so thin without anything remotely resembling evidence,(bit like the Lee Rigby hoax theory), I wouldn’t even dignify them with the term ‘hearsay’, but do go on and write your blog anyway :)”

      Not sure who this was aimed at as this mentioned by another commenter but you somehow conflated it with me and my blog (in a similar fashion to how some of your comments conflate and confuse issues). Nevertheless, all it does is highlight your extreme denialist mentality – all is truth so long as the person alleged against is Muslim.

      “On the upside, I totally support the Palestinian cause in Gaza and would not allow the denialists approach over the trojan horse issue to cloud my judgement. Here is a very clear case of oppression. Muslims in Birmingham, on the other hand, have a very easy time of it, not least of all with yellow belly councils and unions falling over themselves to grant your every whim, under the guise of ‘community cohesion'(oh the irony) and ‘political correctness’.”

      I sense some sourness in this comment. It also indicates towards a deluded moral compass as well as xenophobic tendencies. Unless Muslims are being bombed on a 25 mile patch of land with a civilian causality rate exceeding 80%, Muslims are not being oppressed. Grand. The only denialist in this comment section has been you Kasy, something which you consistently failed to recognise. I on the other have been objective in my analysis in highlighting the fact these issues may have existed but they exist amongst other groups, including evangelical Christians, and therefore the disproportionate levels of scrutiny solely on the Muslim minority renders these acts discriminatory. An oppression no less. You however have consistently deflected the notion, or trivialised the idea that white evangelical teachers can do wrong. If this isn’t racism then I don’t what is. Perhaps to placate your conscious, because after all, Muslims according to you simply peddle conspiracy theories, especially when those theories starting turning up the heat to such an extent that those being subjected to that heat then have to deny allegations on a blog, I will quote you some white folk making the point I am making, so you can treat it as fact. Sir Albert Bore writes,

      ‘I have a case in a very white area of the city where evangelical Christians tried to do something very similar – tried to change the ethos of the school from within by putting governors in there.” But Christians aren’t being castigated by the media, education secretary or Ofsted for infiltrating school governing bodies. Muslims are.’

      Father Oliver Cross in Birmingham has highlighted:

      ‘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.’

      This is my last comment on this issue, as you have skirted most of the points I have raised and zealously deflected any criticism like a fanboy from Boyes and non-Muslim, evangelical Christian teachers, I no longer wish to extend the courtesy of responding to your bias.

  9. Good response Coolness of Hind,

    Can I point out that, muslim staff always seem to be under-qualified… I suspect a tinge of racism there! The school I had been involved in, promotions and senior positions were given on ability! some positions were given to muslim staff over non-muslim staff who of course weren’t happy and any excuse to justify them not getting the job. Yes many of them disgruntled staff have gone to see Kershaw and Clarke to complain about recruitment… The reality was they were rubbish and didn’t make the mark but seized the opportunity to add to the hysteria.

    Also to add, a decade or two ago when were had qualified staff and leaders (non muslim staff of course) the schools were failing producing the worst results in the country. Today, in your interpretation, we non qualified staff and leaders (muslim of course) these schools are producing results they have NEVER been able to produce, well…. I say to give the children the qualifications they need, the future they deserve and opportunities equal to others, KEEP EMPLOYING UNDER QUALIFIED STAFF AND LEADERS!!!!!

  10. Amazing amount of religious hatred towards Muslims Kasy. I am amazed that anyone should feel vindicated by the highly flawed reports of Clark and Kershaw. Indeed similarly neither should anybody feel that any finding in these reports reflect the reality of what was happening in these schools.

    The reality remains – Tell a lie, tell it big and repeat it often. How often will you be repeating these lies.

  11. Sorry, but you’re all a bit too crazy for me ! Little bit scary, but I shall remember never to believe a word that comes from the mouth of a muslim ‘leader’ and shall advise others accordingly.Good night and good luck with your ‘campaign’..you’re going to need it

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