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16 September 2014

The Changing Face Of Britain: A Child In Birmingham And Many Other Cities Is Now More Likely To Be A Muslim Than A Christian

SoRo: I'm reminded of this stark warning from Norwegian Imam Mullah Krekar in Dagbladet in 2006:

'We’re the ones who will change you. Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children. Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours.'

·         Statistics from 2011 Census show more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham

·         Of 278,623 youngsters, 97,099 were registered as Muslim compared with 93,828 as Christian

·         A similar trend has emerged in the cities of Bradford and Leicester

·         Experts said more must be done to ensure that society does not become polarised along religious lines 

There are more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham, figures show.

The latest statistics, extracted from the 2011 Census, give an insight into the fast pace of demographic change across Britain.

They pinpoint several parts of the country where traditional religious beliefs are being eclipsed for the first time.

In England’s second city of Birmingham, of 278,623 youngsters, 97,099 were registered as Muslim compared with 93,828 as Christian. The rest were of other faiths such as Hindu or Jewish, or none.

A similar trend has emerged in the cities of Bradford and Leicester, the towns of Luton, in Bedfordshire, and Slough in Berkshire, as well as the London boroughs Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets, where nearly two-thirds of children are Islamic.

Last night experts said more must be done to ensure that society does not become polarised along religious lines.

Professor Ted Cantle, of the ICoCo Foundation, which promotes community cohesion, said: ‘What we are seeing are several trends running together. There is a long-term decline in support for the established religions, notably Christianity; continuing immigration from the Asian sub-continent; and higher fertility among the Muslim population, which has a considerably lower age profile.

‘There is also deepening segregation exacerbated by the loss of white population from cities and more intensive concentration of black and minority ethnic groups as a result of replacement.

‘This is the real problem, as residential segregation is generally compounded by school and social segregation.

‘Nothing surprises me about the pace of demographic change. What does surprise me is that the Government has no policy to combat segregation because it inevitably reduces understanding and tolerance on both sides of the divide.’

The figures show that Christianity is still the dominant religion in every local authority area in England and Wales, even in the most culturally diverse towns and cities.

Of the 45.5million participants, 27.9million subscribed to Christianity, compared with 1.8million Muslims, the second largest grouping.

However, among dependent children – defined as those aged up to 15, or between 16 and 18 and in education and still living at home – the gap is narrower.

Of 12.1million youngsters, 6.1million were Christian and 1million were Muslim. And in some places, the balance has now tipped towards Islam.

In Bradford, 52,135 children are Muslims (45 per cent) next to 47,144 Christians; in Leicester the figures are 22,693 and 18,190 respectively.

The widest gap is in Tower Hamlets where 62 per cent of children are Islamic, outnumbering Christians by 34,597 to 8,995.

Sughra Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Britain, said: ‘Britain’s Muslims make up just 5 per cent of the population but have a younger demographic profile than other faiths, as these figures show. It matters to us all that this next generation of young British Muslims develops a clear and confident sense of their British identity alongside their Muslim faith. It’s important that schools teach all of our children the values of respect and tolerance.

‘Britain is doing better at this than many of our neighbours. A major new study this week showed that most people think the children of immigrants are integrating well.

‘This is one of the most tolerant countries in the world. It will continue to be so, provided we all understand how that depends on respect for the beliefs of others too.’


The Damning Verdict On Trojan Horse Schools: Shocking Ofsted Report Reveals Culture Of Fear, Segregated Boys And Girls Even Christmas Banned At Schools Islamists Plotted To Control

  • Sir Michael Walshaw said a narrow faith-based ideology' was imposed
  • Boys at one school were forced to change in store cupboards for modesty
  • One primary spent £32,000 on a five-star trip to Saudi Arabia for Muslim pupils only
  • Children were also told that Western women are 'white prostitutes'
  • Governors and senior staff at schools have called the scandal a 'witch-hunt'
  • Michael Gove has pledged that British values will be taught in all schools  

By Laura Clark and Lucy Osborne

A campaign by hardline Islamists to take control of state schools was laid bare yesterday. 

Revealing the shocking extent to which strict Muslim practices are being imposed on pupils and teachers alike, the chief inspector of schools said the plotters used ‘fear and intimidation’ against their opponents.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said the aim of the ‘Trojan Horse’ campaign was to impose a ‘narrow faith-based ideology’ on schools in Birmingham.

Shocking: The damning report by Sir Michael Wilshaw heavily condemned the practices of senior staff, including Monzoor Hussain, assistant headteacher at Park View School, who ran assemblies on Ramadan

Music was banned at one primary, raffles and tombolas were axed from fetes for being unIslamic and boys were forced to change for PE in a store cupboard to preserve their modesty.

One primary spent £32,000 on a five-star trip to Saudi Arabia from which non-Muslim pupils were barred. 

Children as young as six at the same school were told that Western women were ‘white prostitutes’. 

Launching long-awaited reports on 21 schools, Sir Michael said the widespread conspiracy had involved fundamentalists infiltrating governing bodies.

 Centre of scandal: Park View School was downgraded from 'outstanding' to 'inadequate'

Centre of scandal: Park View School was downgraded from 'outstanding' to 'inadequate'

Governors had ‘exerted inappropriate influence’ on schools leading to enforced segregation of boys and girls in some classes and a narrowing of the curriculum.

The Ofsted reports – and a separate set of Department for Education investigations – make many other revelations including that teachers attempted to vet the script of a nativity play.

The reports were issued as:

  •  Education Secretary Michael Gove pledged to ensure British values are actively promoted in all schools;
  • Governors and heads condemned in the reports face being stripped of their roles;
  • Fresh claims surfaced that the infiltration of schools is spreading to other regions;
  • Schools criticised in the reports threatened legal action, claiming the verdicts were politically motivated;

Involved: The Golden Hillock School and Nansen Primary School were both branded 'inadequate' as a result of the inspections

Change needed: Governors at Satley School were accused of 'refusing to accept that the school is in a state of crisis' while governors at Oldknow Academy used the school's budget to subsidise a trip to Saudi Arabia

Sir Michael revealed that Mr Gove had blocked his request for the right to carry out snap inspection.

Ofsted’s three-month inquiry resulted in five schools being put into special measures, with a sixth having its ‘failing’ verdict reaffirmed.

Eleven other schools were found to ‘require improvement’ while one was rated good and a further three outstanding.

In an advice note to Mr Gove, Sir Michael warned that in some schools, heads had been forced out by bullying governors. 

Opposed: Tahir Alam - alleged ring-leader in the so-called plot to enforce a hardline agenda at the schools - has described the allegations as 'a witch-hunt'

The practices of Shahid Akmal, the Chairman of governors at Nansen, and Waseem Yaqub, Chair of Governors at the Al-Hijrah school, have also been questioned by the report. 

One head was so worried about the consequences of whistle-blowing he or she insisted on meeting inspectors in a supermarket car park.

‘Some headteachers reported that there has been an organised campaign to target certain schools in Birmingham in order to alter their character and ethos,’ Sir Michael said.

‘A culture of fear and intimidation has developed in some of the schools since their previous inspection.

‘Staff and some head teachers variously described feeling “intimidated”, “undermined” or “bullied” by governors, and sometimes by senior staff, into making changes they did not support.’

Some governors were ‘trying to impose and promote a narrow faith-based ideology in what are non-faith schools’.

Sir Michael suggested the governors were part of a network, noting that ‘some of these governors serve on several schools’.

Headteachers had ‘identified governors who are highly influential across several of the schools that were inspected’. Claims of a co-ordinated campaign initially surfaced in the letter that triggered the Ofsted and Government investigations, which purported to describe a ‘Trojan Horse’ operation to infiltrate governing bodies and push through a strict Islamic agenda.

Sir Michael last night piled further pressure on Mr Gove over his handling of the extremism threat with the disclosure that he asked for the ability to carry out snap inspections two years ago but was blocked by the Education Secretary.

The claim, in a BBC Newsnight interview, came hours after Mr Gove announced a wide-ranging inquiry into the way his department dealt with warnings of extremist influence on schools in a bid to calm a damaging Cabinet row over the issue.

Russell Hobby, of teaching union NAHT, said: ‘We should take comfort in the willingness of staff to resist intimidation and put their careers on the line to protect their students.

‘The reports reveal weaknesses in oversight, governance and support. They show that staff with concerns did not know where to turn.’

It's a witch-hunt, say school chiefs

Governors at three schools rated inadequate have hit back at Ofsted’s findings, claiming they were a product of an ‘Islamophobic witch-hunt’.

Speaking on behalf of Park View Trust, vice-chairman David Hughes said that its three schools – Park View Academy, Golden Hillock and Nansen Primary – were wrongly rated inadequate and had no links to extremism.

He said the schools ‘wholeheartedly’ rejected Ofsted’s findings and said they would launch a legal challenge. Lee Donaghey, assistant principal at Park View, insisted the schools were free from strict Islamic practices.

David Hughes, the vice chair of Park View Education Trust at the centre of the scandal furiously rejected Ofsted's findings and vowed to fight the decision to put his schools in special measures

‘It is simply not true that the school does not do enough to protect our pupils from the risks of extremism,’ he said.

Under pressure: Razwan Faraz the deputy head at Nansen

‘This is a normal state school like thousands of others across Britain, 98 per cent of our pupils just happen to be Muslims – British Muslims.’

In a letter to Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, the trust said criticism of Park View was ‘laced with Islamophobic sentiment’ and asked for a re-inspection of the schools ‘under a climate that is far removed from the fallacious insinuations of radical and extremist plots that have provided the context for the current set of inspections’.

Trust chairman Tahir Alam – alleged ring-leader in the so-called plot to enforce a hardline agenda at the schools – has described the allegations as ‘a witch-hunt’.

But a group of female pupils at Park View backed Ofsted’s findings, saying yesterday: ‘Our school deserves this... for the things that it has done.

‘Our school is too extreme but not in a terrorist way. They are strict with us and they use religion as an excuse. Basically they don’t let boys and girls mix.

‘If they see you talking to a boy they will call your parents or come to your house, which they did to a lot of people.’

The teenage girls, who didn’t want to be identified, told Sky News that pupils were afraid to speak out about the school.

Park View school is at the centre of allegations that hardline Islamic teaching was being introduced. In a 2008 picture boys and girls are clearly segregated during an assembly

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