Independent Christian School Threatened by Government over Lack of Imams in Classroom [U.K.]

 

Breitbart, by OLIVER LANE 20 Oct 2014
New rules intended to encourage “British Values” are being used to threaten a Christian school with closure because they have not invited an Imam to address the school assembly, reports a charity helping to defend them from the Department for Education.
The unnamed school, which is a small independent school in the home counties, has been warned that its rating under the Independent Schools Standards framework would be changed from “Good”, to merely “Adequate” because of its failure to meet the new requirements.
The rules, which were introduced after the Islamist ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal to prevent radicalisation of children in Britain’s schools appears to have suffered from the law of unintended consequences as they are now being used to interfere with traditional British schools instead.
The Department for Education (DfE) says promoting “acceptance and engagement” and “tolerance and respect of all faiths and cultures” in schools that teach the state religion now means going a lot further than school trips to Mosques and Temples, which has been the case in the past. The new rules mean the state is forcing faith schools, such as Anglican, Roman Catholic and Jewish schools to invite faith leaders such as Muslim Imams alien to their own traditions to lead lessons.
The Christian Institute has written a letter to the Education Secretary on behalf of one of the schools affected. The Daily Telegraph reports the comments of deputy director Simon Calvert: “Worryingly, evidence is already emerging of how the new regulations are requiring Ofsted inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious ethos of faith schools… the new requirements are infringing the rights of children, parents, teachers and schools to hold and practise their religious beliefs.
“The Christian Institute is currently working with an independent Christian School which has been marked down by Ofsted for not promoting other faiths. Astonishingly it was told it should invite representatives of other faith groups to lead assemblies and lessons, such as an Imam”.
A spokesperson for school inspectors Ofsted said the change in rules was essential to ensure Britain’s youth left school “well prepared” for “life in modern Britain”.
Amid these crackdowns on good Christian schools, concerns remain among the apparently radicalised Islamic schools which the rules were originally intended to combat. It was reported over the weekend that another six schools had been targeted in London in snap inspections, following “specific concerns” about the standards of education.
The schools, which included two run by the East London Mosque Trust were in Tower Hamlets, a borough run by directly elected mayor Lutfur Rahman, an area which has “categorically” denied having any such ‘Trojan-horse’ style plots to subvert education

Sermons are ‘fair game’ in Houston – the real warning in the subpoena scandal

 
From republished article in LifeSiteNews.com  Oct 21, 2014

The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word “sermons” from the demand. They have clearly not removed the scandal from their city, and from the administration of Mayor Annise Parker. As the mayor’s own comments make abundantly clear, she stands at the center of the scandal. Continue reading

Stop teaching sex education in schools, MP says [U.K.]

ITV report, 21 Oct, 2014

Stop teaching sex education in schools, MP says

Sex education should not be taught in schools, a Conservative MP has argued.

Philip Davies made the argument in the House of Commons today.

Philip Davies made the argument in the House of Commons today. Credit: ITV News

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, said the classes had failed and instead parents should be responsible for teaching their children about sex and relationships. Continue reading

Newly-Listed Educational Resource: “Maths Doctor”

A reader in the United Kingdom has very kindly brought to our attention this free resource which she recommends.  She writes, “My daughter Chloe has been using a great resource for GCSE and A level maths teachers and pupils here [and she gives the link].
We publish this link for the information of teachers and home-schooling parents.  The resource is called “Maths Doctor,” and it is found at www.mathsdoctor.co.uk/resources/  .   We are adding it to our list of “Educational Resources for Parents” at  http://www.bcptl.org/?p=1775.

We encourage teachers and parents to let us know of on-line resources that have helped their students or children.  We hope to pass on information of this kind to our readers.

Christian job applicant ‘attacked’

 

Trinity Western grad ‘attacked’ for being Christian in job rejection

Bethany Paquette had applied to work in Canada’s North for Amaruk Wilderness Corp.

By Natalie Clancy, CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2014 4:00 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 08, 2014 11:04 AM PT

Christian job applicant 'attacked'

 

A Trinity Western University graduate says she was “attacked” over her religion by a Norwegian wilderness tourism company, just for applying for a job.

Bethany Paquette claims her application to work in Canada’s North for Amaruk Wilderness Corp. was rejected because she’s Christian. Continue reading

Opinion: Private schools are not subsidized

BY MARK MILKE, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN. SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

“The construction of narratives,” the late Neil Postman wrote, “is a major business of our species.” The New York cultural critic, writing in a 2000 book, mused about how difficult it was to move people from myths to facts.

Skip ahead to the 21st century, and a myth that needs an empirical reality check: Taxpayers subsidize private schools. Continue reading

Justin Trudeau says abortion rights trump MPs’ freedom to vote their conscience

Won’t brush aside reproductive rights to defend MPs freedom of speech

CBC News Posted: Sep 14, 2014

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said that any Liberal MP, regardless of their personal beliefs, would have to vote against any proposed legislation that could limit a women’s right to an abortion.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said that any Liberal MP, regardless of their personal beliefs, would have to vote against any proposed legislation that could limit a women’s right to an abortion. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press) Continue reading

New Brunswick lawyers vote to ban Christian law school’s graduates

[  by Thaddaeus Balinsky, from LifeSiteNews.com ]

The New Brunswick Law Society voted Saturday to ban graduates of the new Trinity Western University law school from practicing in the province.

At a special meeting, the society’s members passed a resolution by a vote of 137 to 30. Continue reading

Corbella: Albertans’ anti-Christian bigotry is shocking

BY LICIA CORBELLA, CALGARY HERALD SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
Corbella: Albertans’ anti-Christian bigotry is shocking

Licia Corbella

The most shocking thing about Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s new cabinet isn’t that he has chosen two unelected cabinet ministers, though that’s generating a lot of buzz to be sure.

What’s really alarming, however, is the open, anti-Christian bigotry attacking one of those unelected ministers — Gordon Dirks — who is Alberta’s new minister of education. Continue reading