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A Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks through Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2010. At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education.
Children who took Easter eggs to class allegedly had them confiscated by “Muslim morality squads” patrolling a school in Birmingham, England, according to press reports.
The school is at the centre of an investigation into claims Islamic hardliners are attempting to infiltrate and run secular state schools in the city.
The mother of one of the students — who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals — told the Daily Express that groups of older students were taking the eggs from younger children and teachers were ignoring their actions.
“My daughter tried to bring in an Easter egg for a friend and one boy grabbed it and smashed it against a wall,” she said.
“Another girl of about 11 brought in a little Easter bunny toy that she wanted to show her friends. They grabbed that off her too. All talk of Christmas and other non-Muslim festivals is banned. The teachers just turn a blind eye to it.”
She added, “Older boys are going round in these morality squads telling off girls if they do not wear veils.”
At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education. This has included illegal segregation of students according to sex and discrimination against non-Muslims.
Up to 20 more schools are also under investigation.
A local Labour MP, Khalid Mahmood, said a small group of individuals was trying to change the ethos of schools by stealth.
On Monday, Jack Straw, a former Labour Cabinet minister, said schools, even if they were mostly Muslim, had to respect British values.
“We have to accept and the schools with a majority of Muslim parents have to accept — as they do if they are Hindu, Sikh, Jewish or Christian — that we also live within the United Kingdom,” Mr Straw told the BBC.
“Alongside values that are religiously based, there has to be a clear understanding that this is the U.K., and there are a set of values, that are indeed Christian based, which permeate our sense of citizenship.”…