Birmingham faith leaders

Birmingham faith leaders

Birmingham faith leaders concern over “Operation Trojan Horse” scaremongering

Posted by

A group of faith leaders in Birmingham has released a joint statement in response to “sensational” media headlines over an alleged “Islamic plot” to infiltrate Birmingham schools.

The alleged plot – known as “Operation Trojan Horse” after a letter was supposedly found detailing the plans – has been covered extensively in the mainstream media which has accused a group of Birmingham Muslims of trying to Islamize education in the city.

But Muslims  are increasingly showing concern over what they see as media scaremongering. A Twitter hashtag #islamicplot is being circulated ridiculing the accusations, saying that when a group of non-Muslims try to achieve something it is simply considered a “plan” but when Muslims do the same it is a “sinister plot.”

The faith leaders include Dr Mohammed Naseem, Mr Abdul Rashid, Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Rabbi Margaret Jacobi, Mr Guy Hordern, Bishop David Urquhart, Dr Andrew Smith, Mr Mohammad Talha Bokhari.

Here is their satement:

“We are profoundly concerned that some of the public media have distorted the discussion on what has become know as ‘Operation Trojan Horse’, demonising sections of the community in a completely unacceptable way.

As faith leaders in this city we wish to affirm our commitment to education for every child in Birmingham that promotes their emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual development and equips them to live well as citizens of a global city.

Birmingham is a super-diverse city of a million people, from over 180 countries, with a rich variety of faith and secular beliefs. In the largest UK city outside London, every child matters absolutely. Working out what good education looks like, especially for the 37% of the population that is under 25, is really important.

As leaders of faith communities we are determined to play our part in starting a wider conversation with a full range of partners. Together we can look at the highest standards of governance, excellence in leadership and mutual expressions of faith in schools. It is vital for the cohesion of the whole city that each child in Birmingham has the very best educational experience.

The cohesion of this city is built on years of interfaith communication and dialogue, joint practical action and friendships between people of different faiths that have built resilient communities and a strong core of shared values. We remain committed to build trusting relationships and joint working across the city so that no person or group is excluded and we can all flourish together, enjoying, sharing and celebrating the richness brought to this city by its diversity.”

 

Tags

Facebook Comments

comments

Video Player

VIDEO: Three Palestinian women stop Israeli soldier from arresting injured boy

A YouTube video showing three Palestinian women physically stopping an Israeli soldier from arresting an injured 12-year-old Palestinian boy has gone viral. The four-minute clip was shot in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where activists regularly gather to protest against Israeli settlements, which are considered to be illegal [...]

VIDEO: Dilly Hussain speaks to Russia Today on Beirut protests

Deputy Editor of 5Pillars, Dilly Hussain, speaks to Russia Today on the ongoing protests in Beirut, which initially began due to the Lebanese government’s failure to clean up rubbish from the streets. Protestors are now calling for the downfall of the government with slogans used at the peak of the [...]

Irish tourist takes on Turkish shopkeepers in Istanbul street fight

A video which shows an Irish tourist in a mass brawl with shopkeepers in Istanbul is taking Turkish social media by storm, The Independent reports. In the footage, a man described by Turkish media as an “Irish boxer/tourist” can be seen in CCTV footage accidentally spilling a fridge full of [...]

Video: Let’s talk about immigrants

Journalist Nassr Adris explains why the current “migrant crisis” in Europe is directly linked to the West’s policy of brutal colonisation.

Dilly Hussain speaks to BBC South Today about last Portsmouth ISIS fighter killed

Deputy editor of 5Pillars, Dilly Hussain, speaks to BBC South Today in response to the death of the last ISIS fighter from Portsmouth to be killed in Syria.

Jeremy Corbyn vs The Establishment

Journalist Nassr Adris explains how Jeremy Corbyn is facing a sustained mainstream media and establishment campaign to demonise him in the eyes of voters ahead of the Labour Party leadership contest.

Islamic leaders call on rich countries to end fossil fuel use

Islamic environmental and religious leaders have called on rich countries and oil producing nations to end fossil fuel use by 2050. The Islamic Climate Declaration says that the world’s 1.6bn Muslims have a religious duty to fight climate change. It urges politicians to agree a new treaty to limit global [...]

Pakistani nationalists clash with Anjem Choudary supporters on Independence Day

A video has emerged showing supporters of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary verbally clashing with Pakistani nationalists on Independence Day. Although Choudary is not seen in the video several of his supporters are, including Abu Haleema who is supposedly banned from social media. The video also appears to have been uploaded [...]

VIDEO: Muslim customer saves shopkeeper from machete attack in Mumbai

CCTV footage of a Muslim man defending a shopkeeper from a vicious sword attack has gone viral. The incident took place earlier this week in Mumbai, India. The family of the shopkeeper described the man as an “angel”. The Muslim hero told NDTV News that he was not scared of [...]

VIDEO: Britain First visit Calais to quiz to “Muslim immigrants”

Senior members of the far-right group, Britain First, visited Calais to warn African and Middle Eastern migrants that they are not welcome in the UK.

VIDEO: Muslim woman rescues schoolgirl from oncoming train

An Australian Muslim woman has been filmed on CCTV cameras rescuing a schoolgirl who fell onto the train tracks after running after a hula hoop.

VIDEO: Dilly Hussain on the role of the U.S. in the rise of ISIS

Deputy editor of 5Pillars, Dilly Hussain, speaks to Russia Today on the role of the United States in facilitating the rise of ISIS.