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Cartoons of Mohammed banned in Batley, Yorkshire

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The most serious news of the decade, more serious than Brexit, has occurred in the Yorkshire town of Batley.  A teacher at Batley Grammar School has been officially suspended for showing the cartoons of Mohammed that led to the murders by Islamic extremists at "Charlie Hebdo".Notice that no newspapers dared show this'Head teacher Gary Kibble apologised "unequivocally", adding the member of staff had "given their most sincere apologies" and been suspended pending an investigation.' (BBC)Kibble continued:  'As an additional precaution, we will undertake a formal review of the RS curriculum to ensure no other resource or statement is inappropriate and take appropriate action as needed.' (Daily Mail) One might ask where and how this appearance of the cartoons happened.  To do so would be to

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The most serious news of the decade, more serious than Brexit, has occurred in the Yorkshire town of Batley.  A teacher at Batley Grammar School has been officially suspended for showing the cartoons of Mohammed that led to the murders by Islamic extremists at "Charlie Hebdo".

Cartoons of Mohammed banned in Batley, Yorkshire
Notice that no newspapers dared show this

'Head teacher Gary Kibble apologised "unequivocally", adding the member of staff had "given their most sincere apologies" and been suspended pending an investigation.' (BBC)

Kibble continued:  'As an additional precaution, we will undertake a formal review of the RS curriculum to ensure no other resource or statement is inappropriate and take appropriate action as needed.' (Daily Mail)

One might ask where and how this appearance of the cartoons happened.  To do so would be to miss the point: in the UK we are supposed to be able to openly discuss religion and politics.  However, the cartoon was shown as part of a Religious Studies lesson which has the following Key Stage 2 objective: 'give reasons why visual representation of God and the prophets is forbidden - haram - in Islam'.

If the teacher is not re-instated the battle for free speech will be lost.  No teacher will dare to cross any line drawn by believers in Islam.  Other political groups will realize that death threats against journalists and teachers place them above criticism provided that these threats are occasionally actioned.

It is less than six months ago that Samuel Paty was beheaded in France for showing cartoons of Mohammed in class.  However, unlike the Batley case, his action was supported by the State, albeit posthumously.  In Batley the authorities have suspended the teacher and apologised for doing "wrong".

If this battle is lost then our democracy begins a slide into chaos.  "Moderate" Islamic groups will be able to separate from the national debate and become extremists.  Other groups such as Sikhs and Evangelical Christians will demand the same rights to be separate and obtain official protection from criticism.  All extremists will realize that the gun is more powerful than the state - kill one journalist, teacher or judge and threaten the rest and your cause is untouchable.

It is not just our democracy that will fall.  Our whole culture will be destroyed.  Islam does not just ban pictures of Mohammed, the Sunnis ban all representations of living things because they are the work of Allah.  Nudes are especially offensive to Islam but even a still life with flowers is against the Sunni interpretation.  All of Islam believes fervently in Creationism.  Over the coming decades everything from Art Galleries to school biology will be suppressed and changed.  Your granddaughters and great granddaughters will be told to cover up in Islamic zones.

If the Government does not make a stand on this issue we are witnessing the beginning of the end of our society.  Those fatalists who think that our society should change as its demography changes should be aware that the current demographic changes were deliberate and were about deliberately changing society, they had nothing to do with fate.  (See The Benefits of Immigration to the UK Economy).  Fatalists are people who have opted out of society.

26/03/2021


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