‘State school pupils may be taught Islamic traditions’ shock

State school pupils are set to be taught Islamic traditions and values in compulsory citizenship lessons. The move – part of a package of initiatives announced by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears yesterday – is designed to curb extremism. Education campaigners warned however against giving Islam a privileged position over other faiths.

David Conway, senior research fellow at the Civitas think-tank, said: “Some will see this as another sign of a creeping process of Islamisation – an insidious process which plays down the Christian basis of our culture and encourages children to learn more and more about Islam’s contribution.

“Muslims are still a relatively small minority in Britain and, while I have nothing against children in our multi-religious society learning about each other’s faiths, for one particular faith to be privileged in mainstream schools seems to me pointless, and won’t make for greater harmony. I fear it will play into the hands of the small minority who want to see the Islamisation of Europe, and believe they will triumph through sheer numbers.”

Daily Mail, 19 July 2008