Dear Ms Small
Firstly – on a personal note – I imagine that this incident has caused you no little grief and stress, which I of course regret. Your job is not an easy one, as I know from 40 years’ teaching experience.
However, there are certain things that must be said:
Firstly, abhorring Islam is NOT “racial”, since Islam is not a race. It is too easy to accuse people with strongly differing views to the establishment of “racism”: too easy, but also intellectually moronic and extraordinarily offensive.
Secondly, would you discriminate against Naziism or South African apartheid? I guess so. Ergo, discrimination per se is PERFECTLY MORAL but of course depends WHAT YOU ARE DISCRIMINATING against. And for the below-mentioned reasons, I believe it is totally legitimate to “discriminate against” Islam.
Official Islam as preached from the centre in Mecca and practised in most parts of the world execrates:
other religions: the official goal of Islam is that the entire world should be ruled in God’s name by a Caliph (see fascist Iran) – you can’t open a Christian church in many Islamic countries and in some a conversion to Christianity is a capital offence
democracy: which of course is totally incompatible with the first principle above – as soon as Muslims in a country are in a position where they think they can get away with it (see Egypt) they try to set up a religious dictatorship
women: they would not say so, but the core elements of their treatment of women are surreally evil and indeed sexually and psychologically perverted – see Saudi Arabia etc
balanced, open and non-brainwashing education: their madrassas are an obscene insult to the Human Spirit
humanely-slaughtered meat: Halal meat is an obscene abomination forced on native Brits without their consent and often without their knowledge
respect for other cultures: as soon as their numbers permit (even in England), they start talking about establishing “Shariah Law” in “their” area – see Egypt and indeed parts of London and Birmingham – Muslim taxi-drivers have been known to refuse to carry dogs – they get hysterical when schoolkids are accidentally fed pork
alcohol, pigs & dogs: all things the British are quite attached to, drinking it, eating them and taking them for walks respectively
With this core set of beliefs it is a wonder how anyone sane can imagine that Muslims could “integrate” into Britain, a country whose traditional values are diametrically opposed to almost everything Islam believes in. Imagine Islam did not exist and I came to you with my plan to set up a religion based on the above principles? You would surely think me a complete lunatic and my followers no more than a deranged sect comparable to the Moonies. THIS is how I feel about Islam; its SIZE is for me completely and totally irrelevant.
However, the key point in this incident is that Britain is not (yet) a “Muslim country” and there is NO OBLIGATION on native-British citizens to have respect for what many consider to be a weird and often very nasty sect. It is, therefore, NOT the business of so-called educators to issue threatening-letters to parents of primary school children because they refuse to go along with the ludicrous and cravenly-PC establishment mantras.
Moreover, religion in general should be kept OUT of schools – though I appreciate that you may be constrained by the laws imposed by our moronic leaders. Indeed, the very idea of a “faith school” – which is open to the evil brainwashing that occurs in many Muslim countries – is obscene. Catholics of course ALSO have their particular “faith” schools, but Catholicism is no longer rooted in the pre-Middle Ages as Islam is. It is basically inoffensive and as part of our English culture can be tolerated – unlike Islam, which is totally alien to all our traditional core beliefs.
There is, Ms Small, an extraordinary contrast between the establishment’s complete indifference to the opinions and feelings about Islam of millions of British citizens and on the other hand its pathological fear of “offending Muslims”. Many native Britons are massively offended every day – not least by having obscene Halal meat sold in supermarkets and often fed to them without their knowledge. Nobody seem to give a damn, and this is making many ordinary people very angry.
For these reasons I fear that your letter is completely unacceptable. As for myself, Ms Small, nobody can realistically accuse me of “racism”, despite my attitude to Islam. I am British and married to a German, with one Anglo-German son and two Franco-German stepsons. I was previously married to a Spanish woman and have three Anglo-Spanish daughters. I have worked for ten years in the UK, ten in France and three in Germany, where I now live. My wife and I both speak four European languages, and my wife also Japanese, which allows her to communicate with her Japanese daughter-in-law. I also worked for six months in Africa in a place where I was the only white for miles around. I was responsible for 20 black teachers and had and retain lots of black friends. Does that sound like a “racist” to you?
I have lived through many periods of immigration: it has never been a problem before. Unfortunately – for the above-mentioned reasons – Islam is a special case, and vast Muslim immigration was forced on the people without ANY consultation or mandate. You say that “we live in a multi-cultural society”, but the PEOPLE were given NO SAY in the extreme extent to which this has been taken, particularly with Islam. Whole areas of London are becoming ghettoised as native whites move out and “Shariah Law” areas develop, patrolled by gangs of young Muslim youths. 22% of the population of Birmingham is Muslim, with 200 mosques in the city and so on. Does all this sound reasonable to you? If British Muslims are somehow different from those in other countries, then they should perhaps do as Luther did, and disassociate themselves from the totally unacceptable core beliefs and practices of their creed. As things stand, there is no way that I or millions of my compatriots are going to do anything but despise this rather nasty sect. We are British. We do not accept being told what to think or feel. You cannot FORCE us not to be offended by almost everything that Islam stands for.
I hope you and your school recover from this unfortunate incident. You have been placed by successive appalling governments in an invidious situation, but nothing is gained by not speaking the truth, which is what I believe I have done in this letter.