Week in Religion
A British government investigation found evidence that Muslim fundamentalists were successful in gaining control of some schools. The plan to promote aggressive religious values fuels fear that students may be vulnerable to radicalization.
The report, published on July 22, said there had been a “coordinated, deliberate and sustained action” at some schools in Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, to introduce an “intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos.” The report found a “coordinated, deliberate and sustained action” by a number of people to force the adoption of “an unquestioning attitude to a particular hard-line strand of Sunni Islam” by some of the city’s schools.
The study found a pattern in which school authorities criticized and bullied teachers, and where new board members were rapidly promoted.
While the report did criticize Birmingham City Council for failure to alert authorities of practices that made teachers concerned that students were learning to be intolerant of diversity, the investigation did not find any evidence of violent extremism.
The plan for the “effective take-over” was enacted by conservative Muslims active within the school system.
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Religion Around the World
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of India is:
- Hindu, 80.5 percent
- Muslim, 13.4 percent
- Christian, 2.3 percent
- Sikh, 1.9 percent
- Other or unspecified, 1.9 percent
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