How “Islamophobic” of Gove. Doesn’t he know that the real problem isn’t schools like this, but those who oppose them?
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“Michael Gove blocks flagship Islamic free school following links to terrorism,” by Jonathan Petre for the Daily Mail, July 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A flagship free school has been blocked by Michael Gove following claims that it is linked to Islamic extremism.
The Education Secretary pulled the plug on the Muslim-inspired Northern Lights primary school in Halifax, Yorkshire, following a three-month investigation.
Ministers ordered the inquiry after complaints that a local Islamic centre had circulated a leaflet suggesting that Muslim parents who failed to support the free school would be condemned.
The leaflet said: “˜If it was said to us, “If you do not attend this meeting your child will die,” I am certain we would all make sure we attend the meeting.
“˜What I am about to address… is even more serious than death and that is for us and our children to be safe on the Day of Judgment.”
Free schools are state-funded but operate independently of town halls and Northern Lights, which was to be run with a Muslim ethos, was due to open in September.
However, despite its denials that it endorsed the leaflet or extremist views, Ministers voiced worries about “˜inclusiveness and governance”.
Calderdale Council had written to Mr Gove warning about the “˜close links” between the Sunniyy Islamic Centre and the school.
And David Whalley, the council’s Head of Learning, said: “˜The potential risk of a negative impact on community relations within the area is high.”
The Sunniyy Centre, which also runs an Islamic school and is said to hold hard-line theological views, apologised for the leaflet, which went out in December, saying it was “˜in parts poorly expressed and indelicate”….