Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
While we don’t ordinarily rush to these sorts of shock, anecdotal stories about the so-called Islamisation of our societies, which can border on Islamophobia at times, this one, about pro-Islamic indoctrination taking place in a secular (we assume) school of 9 year olds, is disturbing in some very obvious ways.
Stories coming out of our education systems, while often very telling in today’s world, are routinely difficult to come by since few adults except teachers themselves know what is really happening inside a child’s classroom.
Further, specific educational reforms (here we are thinking of France), currently moving toward a globalised, pro-climate change, pro-gender-theory perspective, plus a different teaching methodology, are really known to no-one except teachers, and children, who are likely unaware of the significance of what they’re being taught. And often, key changes are made so incrementally that it is hard to see where they are really heading. Teacher friends known to this writer in France are privately worried that the French system is being ‘dumbed down’ in a variety of ways, which only teachers would understand (myself being one of them, formerly).
It is clear from the story below that the school involved is not a Muslim-denominated school that might otherwise be forcing a hardline religious policy on its Muslim-background students. On the contrary, the family involved are Christians and the school isn’t Muslim, although accessing further information on the school without knowing Swedish is difficult. Further, this isn’t a class of, say, 16 year olds who are being invited to consider another religious viewpoint from a rational, conceptual standpoint. These are 9 year olds, who are being essentially forced into saying and writing “I believe …” and “I belong to …” from an Islamist perspective. How much is a young child persuaded by this? This must constitute indoctrination. Notice below that the school says that students are being ‘inspired to change their perspective’. Why should they be required or ‘inspired’ to do this? What is wrong with the perspective they already have? And why don’t they tackle attitude change with older students of more developed minds who are more capable of standing firm in their existing ideas?
The Swedish school system needs to account for its methodology with this age of students, and why it is choosing Islam as a vehicle for them. Recalling my own religious studies education in school, which wasn’t shabby, never would we have gone through anything like this at this age within a normal curriculum.
Forced Islamisation at Swedish School as 9-Year-Olds Confess to Allah in Religious Studies – Reports
According to a disturbed parent, a teacher threatened her daughter with detention if she refused to participate in a lesson that included confessing to the Islamic faith in a letter and prayer.
Söderfors School in Tierp has come under fire for its unorthodox methods of teaching religious studies.
According to the news portal Katerina Magasin, third-graders were forced to confess to Islam and Allah in a letter during a lesson in religious studies. Among other things, the nine-year-olds had to write “I belong to Islam”.
Anamaria von Roteliuc, the mother of a nine-year-old girl, told the magazine the pupils also had to participate in a prayer, while a minaret call was played in the classroom. Furthermore, the children had to colour a mosque on a piece of paper.
When students questioned whether they really had to participate in the activities, the teacher responded that they had to. According to von Roteliuc, who also detailed the ordeal in a Facebook post (ER: see below; translation is given by FB), the teacher threatened her daughter with detention if she refused to participate in the task. The girl initially refused to pledge allegiance to Allah, but had to to write “I belong to Islam” in the end.
“My daughter came home and was completely devastated”, Anamaria said. “She said, Mom, we had Islam yesterday and they forced us to say that we are Muslims. She told me that during the lesson, she jumped out of the classroom crying, ran to the toilet and prayed to God. She has been feeling bad since it happened. I myself am so angry that I’m seething. How can you do this? We are Christians and my children should not be subjected to forced Islamisation at school”.
Söderfors School is not a religious one, and, according to Roteliuc, its teachers do not have a Muslim background. By her own admission, she contacted the headmaster, only to receive a note that the school was working with world religions. According to Roteliuc, this “religious indoctrination” must end.
“In my eyes, it is unacceptable to carry out such religious abuse against young children. This indoctrination must end”, von Roteliuc said.
The incident sparked outrage on social media and drew the ire of many Swedes.
“Welcome to Söderfors nursery school in Tierp, anno 2020, where Swedish children are indoctrinated into Islam already in third grade. Now the school is reported to the police”, blogger Katerina Janouch tweeted.
“Shocked! For starters, the teacher’s credentials should be nulled, it is criminal what she has exposed 9-year-olds to. What we have here is a Swedish non-denominational school, so no religious influence”, a rather typical angry reaction said.
Following the uproar, Tierp Municipality published a press release stating that there is no Islamisation in schools. Furthermore, the municipality attacked the reports as “dissemination of rumours”, “unsavory claims”, and “baseless criticism”. According to the municipality, the lesson should be seen in context, where students are in different ways inspired to change their perspective, in order to create an understanding of the basics and models of thought in different religions. (ER: why should they be required to do this, especially at this age?)
The number of Muslims in Sweden has soared over just a matter of several decades amid mass immigration, exceeding 800,000 and amounting to 8.1 percent of today’s population. In recent years, a hot debate on the place and the role of Islam in Swedish society has erupted.
By contrast, the percentage of Christians has shrunk from over 95 percent in 1972 to close to 60 today. In 2000, the Church of Sweden lost its status as state church.
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