'Sharia lessons' for UK kids

2010-11-22 08:32

London - Pupils at Islamic schools across Britain are being taught how to chop off a criminal's hand and that Jews are conspiring to take over the world, a BBC investigation found on Monday.

Up to 5 000 pupils aged between six and 18 are being taught Sharia law punishments using "weekend-school" text-books which claim those who do not believe in Islam will be subjected to "hellfire" in death.

A text book for 15-year-olds advises: "For thieves their hands will be cut off for a first offence, and their foot for a subsequent offence."

"The specified punishment of the thief is cutting off his right hand at the wrist. Then it is cauterised to prevent him from bleeding to death," it added.

Young pupils are warned that the punishment for engaging in homosexual acts is death by stoning, burning with fire or throwing off a cliff and that the "main goal" of the Jews is to "have control over the world and its resources".

The schools are part of the "Saudi Students Clubs and Schools in the UK and Ireland" organisation. The BBC investigation claimed that one school in London is owned by the Saudi government.

Education Minister Michael Gove told the BBC programme: "I have no desire or wish to intervene in the decisions that the Saudi government makes in its own education system.

"But I'm clear that we cannot have anti-Semitic material of any kind being used in English schools. Ofsted (Britain's education watchdog) will be reporting to me shortly."

  • DeonL - 2010-11-22 08:45

    I believe also in Zero tolerance for crime, but these Islamic laws are a bit too harsh for over "dear criminals" in SA, but they would have made a huge differance in our crime!

      taf.jizz - 2010-11-23 13:39

      I suppose you'd be happy to have your 4-5 cut-off, when its discovered that you have not been faithful to your wife. . .OR would you prefer stoning. What good 4 the goose. . .

  • Matthew - 2010-11-22 08:45

    Well, imagine the outcry if there were jewish schools teaching kids the same things against muslims? sigh...

  • lmduplessis - 2010-11-22 09:14

    Why is EVERYONE on the Jews case? Seriously. They've been getting the short end of the stick for a good 2 millennia now!

  • bill - 2010-11-22 09:30

    Outlaw sharia law under hate speech .Any Muslim insisting on its application should be deported to an Islamic republic.

  • stephanie.gaddin - 2010-11-22 09:30

    Why on earth do people think that a bunch of 'rules' cooked up by some nutcase in a desert somewhere a few thousand years ago has any relevance in today's world ? Islam, Christianity , Judaism and all the rest - it's all hocus pocus anyway.

      toxicpolony - 2010-11-23 01:57

      Sorry, couldnt resist: Which is more "hocus pocusy"? Religion or loving "any movie with exploding spaceships" & "pole dancing". LOL. Gotta love users that use their facebook page as their link to news 24, especially when security settings are low. LOL!!!

  • rog - 2010-11-22 09:31

    This is a man made religion!!Agree with you Matthew.Brit goverment allowing this???I smell money!!

  • Homer - 2010-11-22 09:33

    Terrorists in the making. They are the ones going to hell

  • pop101 - 2010-11-22 09:43

    Ironic that they teach their children that the Jews are trying to take over the world, when they themselves are residing in the UK.

  • Carolyn - 2010-11-22 09:44

    Time we implemented this law in S.A. then maybe the would be theif or killer may think twice about who he is going to rob or kill next. If we cant bring back the death sentence then this would be a good way of treating these subordniate humans.

      Zara - 2010-11-22 12:30

      Think long and hard before wishing these barbaric laws on the rest of us, Carolyn, especially as a woman. Do some research before you make comments like this.

  • lmduplessis - 2010-11-22 09:46

    I see ANY religeon which states that you must A) Hate, B) Kill, C)Discriminate against certain kinds of people because of XXXXXX is a sham, a money making scheme and a way for a few figureheads to keep control over masses of human beings. If there is a God(s) out there and he can see what's been happening, i really want to be down a deep dark cave whenever he gets back, because he/she is going to be a MIGHTY P*ssed off man/woman when he gets here.

  • ehadam - 2010-11-22 12:29

    the south african law states that a man shall be imprisoned. yes? imprisoned he commits murder. you need the full statement to understand the law. otherwise, everyone would end up in jail. the same applies to shariah, which is often misunderstood and misquoted. find an honest person who knows shariah and learn from them.

      taf.jizz - 2010-11-23 13:54

      Posts are all around man. Take your head out of the sand. I have a post where they are running over a 14year old hands for stealing, Or public be-heading. Research a bit man. . .I am of the opinion that no1 is sinless enough to pass judgement based on religion.

  • Oyleng - 2010-11-22 14:28

    This article is clearly one sided, what many do not know is that in Islam the crime must be proven and that witnesses will need to testify, the "quality" of the witness will also be questioned-only the word of a "true" / pious Muslim is to be taken and in essence more than one witness is required –it varies with the crime. These laws are in place to prohibit the person from committing the crime in the first place – Imagine how many babies will no longer be raped if the culprit new what would happen to him/her once they commit the act and is found guilty?

      Zara - 2010-11-22 16:06

      The problem with your statement Oyleng is that these laws are administered by men who choose to interpret them in their own way. Thus you get the divorced woman in Somalia being stoned for "having an affair" with an unmarried man, the women in Afganistan being whipped for accidently showing an ankle, the 8 year old in Iran having his arm run over by a car for stealing a loaf of bread. It doesn't bear thinking about what THIS government would get up to if it adopted such a practice.

  • Andre - 2010-11-22 15:10

    Why the English even allow them learn this whilst being guests in a foreign country boggles me. We are as sure as dung not going to be tolerated if we want to learn or teach about the Christian faith in theirs! BUT we have become so NICE to the people who have no time for thier own women!! ..... Sorry but you are picking a stick for your own beating!

      Sage - 2010-11-22 15:48

      Spot on Andre, the way the UK is going, the indigenous people are going to becaome a minority in their own country because of liberal attitude and policy towards immigrants. They've had it coming. Only way to deal with this is to develop a good measure of testicular fortitude and kick these zealots and fundamentalists out!

  • John Els - 2010-11-22 16:05

    I'm wondering if these kids are being taught this stuff only for the sake of cultural/religious education or whether they are also actually expected to carry out these teachings. If they are expected to carry them out too, and it is against British law (as I'm sure it is), then these schools become "crime schools" and they should be shut down by the govt, no matter religious tolerance.

  • pointblankza - 2010-11-22 16:21

    They went to the UK for a better life but spend their days trying to turn the UK into the very places that ran away from?

  • Joe - 2010-11-23 00:50

    I can't wait for the ANC to get in over their heads with Muslims. Talk about playing with fire! Between the Chinese colonizations of Africa, and the sublime footprint of Islam in South Africa, the 'pesky whites' will seem like a walk in the park (back in the day, when you could still take walks in parks)...!

      Zara - 2010-11-23 09:15

      Osama already has a cushy home here you can bet, Joe! :-)

  • Paralegal - 2010-11-23 10:43

    Geez, what's with the Muslim bashing. It seems that most people forget about the atrocities committed by the various religions throughout history and still today - I believe the Klu Klux Klan claims to base its belief on the Christian Bible. Leave each other alone - let each religion just do what they do, as long as they do not interfere with or harm others.

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