Thursday, 8 October 2015

UK: PM David Cameron warns over extremist teachings

Religious supplementary schools in England that teach children intolerance will be investigated and closed down, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference, Mr Cameron promised to open these religious schools to inspection.
He said there was no problem with children learning about their faith in supplementary schools, but minds must be broadened, not "filled with poison".

The Muslim Council of Britain said it had concerns about the plans.

Speaking in Manchester, Mr Cameron told delegates: "Did you know, in our country, there are some children who spend several hours each day at a madrassa?

"Let me be clear: there is nothing wrong with children learning about their faith, whether it's at madrassas, Sunday schools or Jewish yeshivas.
"But in some madrassas, we've got children being taught that they shouldn't mix with people of other religions; being beaten; swallowing conspiracy theories about Jewish people.

"These children should be having their minds opened, their horizons broadened, not having their heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate.

"So I can announce this today: if an institution is teaching children intensively, then whatever its religion, we will, like any other school, make it register so it can be inspected.
"And be in no doubt: if you are teaching intolerance, we will shut you down."

David Cameron has vowed to devote much of his time in office to "an all-out assault on poverty", 
in his speech to the Conservative Party conference.

He also…..
Promised to end discrimination and "finish the fight for real equality"
- Vowed to tackle "big social problems" including extremism and "segregation" caused by faith schools
- Condemned "passive tolerance" of female genital mutilation and forced marriages
- Defended the decision to launch a drone attack that killed two British Islamic State jihadists, saying he 
  had taken "decisive action to keep Britain safe, and that's what I will always do"

At last but not least Mr Cameron said that Britain has the lowest social mobility in the developed world. "Here, the salary you earn is more linked to what your father got paid than in any other major country," he said.  "I'm sorry, for us Conservatives, the party of aspiration, we cannot accept that."

He got a standing ovation from Conservative members for a strongly-worded attack on Jeremy Corbyn, telling them: "We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love."