Fury over proposal to teach Koran to non-Muslims in UK schools

December 13th, 2008 - 7:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec.13 (ANI): Academicians across the United Kingdom are up in arms over moves by an Islamic centre to arrange Koran classes for non-Muslim children.
The kids will be taught in Arabic faith school.
A Daily Star report said that the Al Habib Islamic Education and Cultural Centre has submitted plans for a seven million pound, 420-pupil school in Swindon, Wilts here.
The Al Habib Islamic Education and Cultural Centre said that, fifty percent of places at the school, which serves as a mainly non-Muslim area, will be for local pupils. The charity also claims that there is a demand for the school from the Muslim community and from non-Muslim families as well. If the plan gets a green signal from the authorities, then an hour of the timetable each day would be dedicated to studying Arabic and the Koran, the cultural center said. Though the non-Muslim children would not be forced to attend the Koran classes, the charity believes they would be interested inbeing taught. Non-Muslims can sit out the lessons but it is hoped most will choose to stay in class to gain more insight into Islam, a spokesman of the Al Habib said adding, the school will follow the national curriculum and have teachers from different faiths. We will be there to provide guidance in religious teaching.
I have great sympathy for local parents, a lot of them would not want a Christian school and far less a Muslim one, said Keith Porteous Wood, director of the National Secular Society, adding the school would be a disaster for the community. (ANI)

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