The Olive Tree Muslim faith school is fighting back and not cowering under the pressure of the prejudiced, compromised and neocon-driven Ofsted’s report. If we recall, this was the same school in which a child was potentially sexually and psychologically abused by an Ofsted inspector. Once again, the parents are urged to take action against Ofsted for this unforgiveable blunder.
Ofsted’s Attack Islam
Unable to really criticise the schools achievements, Ofsted have resorted to attacking the religion of the teachers themselves and based on Islamic books present in the library of the school, fallen to making extremely inflammatory remarks based on inherent anti-Muslim sentiment:
“the Olive Tree primary school in Luton – fails to prepare its pupils “for life in modern Britain, as opposed to life in a Muslim state”, and that its library contains books that are “abhorrent to British society” in their depiction of punishments under sharia law.”
“Some books in the children’s library contain fundamentalist Islamic beliefs (Salafi) or are set firmly within a Saudi Arabian socio-religious context. Some of the views promoted by these books, for example about stoning women, have no place in British society,”
The “fundamentalist” teachings are a part of normative, mainstream Islamic theology. The Ofsted is supposed to be an impartial organisation (a laughable claim I know). Thus to make judgmental statements about the laws within a religion in a public capacity, is a wanton attack on that religion and exemplifies the extreme prejudice. Does Ofsted’s remit now entail what is “abhorrent to British society”? And will these apply this test to other schools of differing faiths with similar views? The fact that claims of “Salafi” beliefs is drawn from the religious leanings of the teacher’s shows the extent at which the Ofsted is attempting to smear the school and Islam. The objectionable content raised by Ofsted is not exclusively “Salafi” or “fundamentalist” but is in fact part of mainstream Islamic legislative understanding. Thus to attack this as “abhorrent” is to attack Islam and its adherents.
The Ofsted report has stated that the “pupil’s contact with people from different cultures, faiths and traditions is too limited to promote tolerance and respect for the views, lifestyles and customs of other people”. A grand statement indeed coming from an inspectorate which calls the practices within Islam “abhorrent”.
As ever, we welcome a discussion, but there is no need to attack a religion based upon one’s highly subjective beliefs, especially as what follows, demonstrates, shockingly, that these comments are highly opportunistic. Continue reading