I was psyching myself up for a demolishing of the Daily Express's latest Islamophobic tirade, but found that Five Chinese Crackers has already done it.
Given the abject lack of bloggers who ever put forward a decent view when it comes to Muslim affairs, the find (hat tip to Islamophobia Watch) is a welcome one.
The topic is the MCB's report which contains eminently sensible proposals that would help integrate Muslims better into the state school sector. With all the fussing over faith schools it is forgotten that 97.5% of Muslim kids do not actually attend Islamic schools. The guidance will only help teachers in dealing with issues that inevitably arise. As the report says:
However, other [schools] have not been responsive to legitimate and reasonable requests ... such as collective worship, communal changing, swimming, halal meat and sex education. Unfortunately, Muslim pupils are sometimes placed in situations where they feel pressured into acting contrary to their beliefs and conscience, and also experience Islamophobic sentiments and comments.
This is a sentiment that chimes with me. Despite this, the government has found fit to dismiss it, no doubt to the pleasure of the BNP who don't have to provide commentary when linking to Daily Express articles.
It seems from this episode that the right-wing want to have it both ways. They don't want Islamic schools, and they don't want recognition of Muslim beliefs and practices in other schools either. Contrived dramas like this from the Express again only reinforce the fact that significant elements of this country have moved on from condemning Al-Qaeda to a witch-hunt against the Islamic faith itself.