Muslims finance school's fight to ban niqab
The family who wish their 12-year-old daughter to wear a niqab has been granted legal aid to fight a human rights case, so tax-payers are footing their bill. But Buckinghamshire County Council, the local authority for the school, has been unwilling to underwrite the school’s legal costs, which could be as high as £500,000. One of Cranmer’s communicants speculated that their reluctance may have more to do with the faith of their Cabinet spokesperson for secondary schools, and the reality that he is facing local elections in a few months. Cllr Zahir Mohammed has indeed been curiously silent on the whole issue.
Buckinghamshire County Council has behaved appallingly in this case. It claims to support the right of its schools to set their own uniform policies, yet refuses to assist one of them when that policy is challenged. If the school is forced to admit a student wearing a niqab, it could potentially render any policy on uniform unenforceable, and any school may consequently be threatened with legal action.
The Director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, Dr Hargey, tells the school that the father's insistence on his daughter wearing the niqab was a ‘non-Islamic imposition upon your institution'. He continues: ‘We are strongly committed to offering you our full and unequivocal support in banning face-masks at school. We trust that you will continue to resist any move to implement this kind of minority ethnic obsession, which has no foundation whatsoever in the transcendent sources of Islamic law.’
Cranmer is full of admiration for such a clear refutation of what is manifestly a divisive political ideology.
The Government’s latest plan to combat religious segregation is ‘multi-faith schools’. Cranmer can’t wait to hear further details, but according to The Independent, ‘If the academies become popular and oversubscribed, selection will be by lottery to avoid one faith getting a stranglehold.’
Fools. Do they not realise that God uses lotteries to achieve his ends (Prov 18:18; Jnh 1:7; Acts 1:26)?