Islamist school plot: the frightening facts

Islamist school plot: the frightening facts

A fanatical group, ‘The Parkview Brotherhood’, is identified in a damning interim report

AN investigation ordered by the government has found a “sustained, coordinated agenda to impose segregationist attitudes and practices of a hardline, politicised strain of Sunni Islam” on children in a number of Birmingham schools.

According to the Guardian, a draft of the report, marked as “sensitive”, states:

Left unchecked, it would confine schoolchildren within an intolerant, inward-looking monoculture that would severely inhibit their participation in the life of modern Britain.

The inquiry, conducted by the former counter-terrorism chief Peter Clarke, was ordered by the former education secretary Michael Gove and began in April. Clarke gathered 2,000 documents and generated 2,000 pages of interview transcripts from 50 witnesses, including former headteachers, teachers, council staff and school governors. He did not interview parents or pupils.He said:

The level of distress and anxiety felt by the witnesses cannot be overstated.

Clarke denies the report is Islamophobic, saying the evidence shows a group of governors and senior teachers represented a form of Muslim extremism rejected by most Muslims in east Birmingham.

He argues it was likely that most parents did not approve of the culture imposed in the schools, but they:

Did not have the confidence to argue against the articulate, forceful activists who seek to impose their views, for fear of being branded as disloyal to their faith or community.

He claims the offending ideology:

Manifests itself as the imposition of an aggressively separatist and intolerant agenda incompatible with full participation in a plural secular democracy.

It rejects not only the secular and other religions, but other strains of Islamic belief:

It goes beyond the social conservatism practised in some faith schools which may be consistent with universal human rights and respectful of other communities. It appears to be a deliberate attempt to convert secular state schools into exclusive faith schools in all but name.

He says there is:

Very clear evidence that young people are being encouraged to accept unquestionably a particular hardline strand of Sunni Islam that raises concerns about their vulnerability to radicalisation in the future. Essentially the ideology revealed by this investigation is an intolerant and politicised form of extreme social conservatism that ultimately seeks to control all Muslims. In its separatist assertions and attempts to subvert normal processes it amounts to what is often described as Islamism.

The agenda, but not the tactics, involved stem from an international movement to increase the role of Islam in education.

Two organisations identified by Clarke as being behind the movement are the Muslim Council of Britain and the Association of Muslim Schools – UK.

Clarke says he:

Took possession of the contents of a social media discussion between a group of teachers at Park View that for much of 2013 was called the Park View Brotherhood.

The evidence from 3,000 messages spread over 130 pages of transcripts shows this group either promoted, or failed to challenge, views that are grossly intolerant of beliefs and practices other than their own. The all-male group discussions include explicit homophobia, highly offensive comments about British service personnel, a stated ambition to increase segregation at the school, disparagement of Muslims in sectors other than their own, scepticism about the truth of reports of the murder of Lee Rigby and the Boston bombings and a constant under current of anti-Western, anti-America and anti-Israel sentiment.

The report gives examples of this social media chat, and adds:

The endorsements of links to extremists speakers betray a collective mindset that can fairly be described as an Islamist approach that denied the validity of alternative belief.

He says that, based on their comments, some members of Park View staff seemed to believe the Rigby murder was a staged event or hoax and:

Exhorted their colleagues to spread videos promulgating this view ‘to all your contacts’.

Lee Rigby and his killers Michael Adebolajo, 29, right, and Michael Adebowale, 22. Both are converts to Islam.

Lee Rigby and his killers Michael Adebolajo, 29, right, and Michael Adebowale, 22. Both are converts to Islam.

The Clarke report names Tahir Alam (pictured top) as being a key player in the plot:

He has exerted influence at Park View school for many years, and has been a governor since the 1990s. He promoted the concept that schools can be changed to accommodate the faith needs of Muslim pupils by increasing Muslim representation on governing bodies and insisting on changes to faith ethos. Many of the governors who have caused most difficulty on governing bodies have connections to Mr Alam and Park View school.

Clarke says:

Time and again people who have either been teachers or governors at Park View [Academy] appear to be involved in behaviour at other schools that have destabilised headteachers, sometimes leading to their resignation or removal. The tactics that have been used are too similar, the individuals concerned are too closely linked and the behaviour of a few parents and governors too orchestrated for there not to be a degree of coordination behind what has happened.

There has been a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action carried out by a number of associated individuals to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into a few schools in Birmingham.

This has been gained by achieving influence on governing bodies, installing sympathetic headteachers or senior members of staff, appointing like-minded people to key positions and seeking to remove headteachers they do not feel to be sufficiently compliant with their agenda. Whether the motivation reflects a political agenda, a deeply held religious conviction, personal gain or achieving influence within the communities, the effect has been to limit the life chances of the young people in their care and to render them vulnerable to more pernicious influences in the future.

Manifestations of extremism in the schools outlined in the report include:

• Anti-Western rhetoric, particularly anti-US and anti-Israel.

• Segregationism – dividing the world into us and them, with them to include all non-Muslims and Muslims who disagree.

• Perception of a worldwide conspiracy against Muslims.

• Attempts to impose its views and practices upon others.

• Intolerance of difference, whether the secular, other religions or other Muslims.

His report is also highly critical of Birmingham City Council:

A consistent theme that has emerged throughout the investigation is that for many years there has been a perception that Birmingham City Council has been insufficiently supportive of headteachers – and indeed of governors when problems arise with the conduct of some member of governing bodies. There was never a serious attempt to see if there was a pattern to what was happening in school governing bodies. The council’s approach has been variously described to me as appeasement and a failure in their duty of care towards their employees.

Clarke adds that, on the basis of emails and correspondence he has seen:

There is incontrovertible evidence that both senior officials and elected members of Birmingham council were aware of activities that bear a striking resemblance to those described in the Trojan horse letter many months before it surfaced.

He concludes the practices referred to in the letter were known by senior officials as early as the end of 2012 and discussions took place between officials and elected members as early as July 2013, six months before the letter was received by the leader of the council.

Eight weeks after the letter was received there was no systematic attempt to deal with the issue. Clarke discloses that:

Officers have conceded that it did not consider carefully enough, nor soon enough, whether there was a pattern in what was happening in a number of schools.

The focus of the council was on the potential of the community cohesion aspects, he concludes.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

16 responses to “Islamist school plot: the frightening facts”

  1. Broga says:

    I wonder when Dave and the Posh Boys are going to wake up and toughen up. The also need a reality check. For these extreme Muslims lies, theft or violence is justified, indeed sanctified, if it furthers their crazy beliefs.

  2. Alan says:

    Any hint of criticism or serious questioning is met by the predictable and tedious cry of ‘Islamaphobia’. The case of the Birmingham schools is but one example of a creeping Islamic influence in schools and elsewhere (note also the issue of the Law Society’s attempt to embrace Sharia wills). Stop filling the minds of children with superstitious nonsense.

  3. barriejohn says:

    According to Cristina Odd One, we were concerned about the Trojan Horse plot because we mistakenly believed that the schools involved were faith schools, and we have a vendetta against them. Do these people understand ANYTHING?

  4. Lord Admiral Wing Commander Sir Nathan Gloss-Smythe of Gobian with Epaulettes Braid OBE, MBE, Garter, Braces, Swagger Stick and Pipe Esq. says:

    Evil nasty bastards want to spread islamofacism all over the world. But look what it does…show me a wholesome, prosperous, safe, caring, inclusive, welcoming islamic country. You cannot because islam fucks up everything. So it time to push back and push back hard with determination, force, conviction, energy…and do it relentlessly until islam is back in its box where it belongs. I don’t want any imam telling me what I can and cannot do. Islam is a dangerous pernicious death cult that wants to smash up everything and to convert everyone into snivelling , screaming, hysterical, self hating, stupefied, underachieving, parasitic , unthinking, mysogenistic wasters. Call me islamophobic …I don’t care. Sticks and stones…. I dislike all religions with every atom in my body and I will fight against them as long as I can draw breath. But I revile islam ,the most puerile and repulsive of cults. I invite you to join me in taking every opportunity to condemn islam and to starve it of the lifeblood that it sucks from every country in which it’s infection is established.

  5. Paul Cook says:

    As much as I don’t want to reply to this LORD ADMIRAL
    “….show me a wholesome, prosperous, safe, caring, inclusive, welcoming islamic country.”

    I woud have to say Turkey as a secular islamic country is just about one. Although culturally it is a difficult place to get used to. And I do mean cultural not islamic.

  6. Mephisto says:

    Uncivilised monkeys.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    Uncivilised monkeys.

    You have posted that statement here before, Mephisto. I sincerely hope it isn’t meant as a racist slur.

  8. L.Long says:

    If true , you all have science, education and rampart bigotry from all sides, Xtians-islame- and other fundie religions. OH!! right!!! we get the same schite over here too and in europe as well. Well we at least have a way to go before the xtians get their Xtian SorryAss laws into place, sorry but I’m wrong as this is already the Theocratic States of America. In england it looks as if the xtains & islame are in a race to see who gets their BS into law 1st, & I think the islame are winning.

  9. Brummie says:

    End state funding for religious schools and you solve a lot of the problem.

  10. barriejohn says:

    L.Long: I’m not sure what you mean. England is a “Christian” country, with an Established Church of which the Queen is head, and according to many our laws are based upon “Judaeo-Christian” values. Obviously,many Muslims would like to see a different scenario, but this very night bishops of the Church of England were (ex officio) deliberating upon the Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords (which did pass its second reading, despite the opposition of the faith-heads):

  11. Lord Admiral Wing Commander Sir Nathan Gloss-Smythe of Gobian with Epaulettes Braid OBE, MBE, Garter, Braces, Swagger Stick and Pipe Esq. says:

    I have been to Turkey several times……I have seen its thinly veiled dark side….enough said I think. So Mr Cook is there any other islamic country you would choose to live in……I think not.

  12. Robster says:

    Perhaps the answer would be to send the extremest kiddies on a school tour to Iraq or one of those other muslim paradises so they can express their newly learned ‘culture’ with a couple of suicide bombings, banging their heads on the floor five times a day or whatever else is required of those afflicted with the islam nonsense. Then, tear up their passports and they can spend the rest of their miserable lives enjoying all that a theocracy offers.

  13. L.Long says:

    Yes Barrie after living there for 10yrs I still forget that you are as much a theocracy as the TSA. The interesting point here is what will happen when the islame get uppity and then face off with Republicans with guns? Best advice…!!DUCK!!.

  14. Trevor Blake says:

    Why do so many of those who misunderstand Islam misunderstand it in the same way? What are those overwhelming majorities of peaceful Muslims that we can never fail to hear about doing to end or at least lessen this mysterious consistent yet supposedly random shared misunderstanding?

    It takes a priest to rape a child, a clergy to cover it up, a parish to do nothing and a faith to bleat about being oppressed.

    When all those good religionists decide to do good instead of talk good, things might change.

  15. Paul Cook says:

    we are on the same side, but having been to Turkey several times doesn’t qualify anything. I’ve ben to Australia once and have an opinion it is a crap hole. But is it?

    Turkey has a thinly veiled dark side? Of what….islam? I’d say it looks like Britain is worse, and the US most certainly where islam is creeping through the ethnic populations at a very rapid pace.
    7/7 tells us that we too have a very real dark side. And one we need to root out.

    Turkey’s islam is the reason they are not part of the EU. It is obvious. Yet as a fact, Turkey is a fully functioning well worked democracy. The biggest military in NATO. There was no economic crisis here due mainly to their banks not being dumb enough to buy packaged fake mortgage paper like the rest of the banking/civilised world.

    There are problems for sure – each country has them. It isn’t perfect. But for all the years I have lived here – I can say I have lived in one country that was safer to live, for crime, offences against the person, theft or burglary, better for opportunity, economics and general lifestyle. That was Dubai, the UAE. Another islamic country.

    You’ll be telling me Gallipoli was a military victory next.

  16. Newspaniard says:

    Turkey USED to be a secular country until Erdogan and people of his ilk came into power. It is now gradually slipping into its islamist cesspit. More journalists gaoled than any other country in the World. Hijab re-introduced after it was disapproved of for many years. Little by little the death cult is gnawing away at democracy and freedom. One day the Turks will awake and find themselves stoning rape victims and hanging gays under their new sharia compliant constitution.