Monday, July 12, 2010


I read somewhere that Moslem's make up about 5% of the population (and seemingly cause over 95% of headlines about intolerance) And again they are in the news because some do gooders in the Stoke-on-Trent City Council have produced an 11 page document advising schools that as Ramadan is about to happen then "special" allowances will have to be made for Moslem children over this period. OK fair enough, however the "special" allowances don't just affect Moslem children, oh no, that would be far too simple, they affect all children, Moslem or not.

Swimming lessons in some Staffordshire schools should stop during Ramadan to ensure Muslim pupils "do not swallow water", a council has suggested.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has issued an 11-page Ramadan guide for schools to help pupils who may be fasting when the school year starts in September.
It said swimming was acceptable to Muslims but posed a high risk of swallowing water that may break a fast.
Islam requires Muslims to fast from dawn until dusk for one month per year.
'Not disadvantaged'This year's Ramadan is expected to begin on or around 11 August and finish 30 days afterwards.
The council guide states: "Schools with a significant number of Muslim pupils should try to avoid scheduling swimming lessons during Ramadan to remove unnecessary barriers to full participation."
It also suggests re-scheduling sex education classes during the holy lunar month, as Muslim followers who have reached puberty are required to avoid sexual thoughts during this period.
Because of the religious requirement for Muslims to avoid eating during sunlight hours, some pupils get up before dawn to eat with their families.
Schools have been advised this can disrupt pupils' sleeping patterns and it suggests examinations could be re-scheduled to reflect their lower levels of concentration.
The council said the document, produced by its Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, was based on information from the Muslim Council of Great Britain, an umbrella organisation that claims to represent up to 500 Muslim groups in the UK.
"The overriding consideration should be that children do not feel disadvantaged in school activities because of their religious observance," the council added.
So in order to be fair to a minority, the majority must suffer, but as they aren't Moslem's that clearly doesn't matter one whit. If they choose to disadvantage themselves because of their religion, that is their choice, it should not affect any other pupil, if they fail exams because of religious observance, well tough, their choice again.
The BNP do rather well in Stoke, can't imagine why can you?

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williamsjk said...

Fucking hell. We never had it that bad when I was at school out in Bahrain, the muslim pupils simply sat out of PE classes (including swimming) if they thought it would be a problem.

We never moved exams or anything like that - hell the school shop and vending machines were still open/in use.

DerekP said...

Everytime tossers like these poke their heads above the parapets with this rubbish it should be seen as an opportunity for some cuts:
"The council said the document, produced by its Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education"

James Higham said...

Yes, I've proposed a swimming festival during that time.