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Breitbart and the “dechristianization” of London

State-funded schools are required by law to hold a daily act of worship, what is known as “The Compulsory Christian school assembly.” Pupils must attend. These assemblies have faced a torrent of criticism, as a result a school board in Brent, London, in a first for state-funded British schools, decided that such assemblies at their school can be changed to inter-faith assemblies.

Breitbart wrote an article about this story recently. Why would an American “think tank” report about decisions in a small school board in Brent, London? Well, it’s kinda their m.o. They report about local events in remote places of Europe to SCARE the reader. It fits well with the overall theme of Breitbart, that Muslims and “multiculturalists” are destroying Europe and the Christian Civilization.

As can be seen in the comment section of the article the readers fear that this means the introduction of Sharia in British schools:

“Dechristianization” due to phantom “Islamization” is a favorite trope pushed at Breitbart, the aim of which is to fearmonger and aid the politics of Islamophobia. But this article has a twist. The main spokesperson for the decision is a Jew, not a Muslim. Breitbart writes:

Chair of the judging panel, Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Romain MBE, said: “Society may be Christian-based but is multi-faith with many also of no belief-system, and so uniform worship should no longer be compulsory for our educational system.

The current worship laws are unpopular and prevent schools from providing an inspiring programme of assemblies that are truly inclusive of all staff and children.

Some schools find the laws so unworkable that they have stopped providing assemblies altogether.

As society does not have a shared faith, we cannot worship together. Brent Council’s ground breaking approach rescues an opportunity for pupils to communally explore and forge shared values, in a way that is workable and respectful.

We hope all other local authorities will take inspiration from Brent Council’s approach, which we highly commend.”

And guess what!? The comment section is filled with conspirathorical myths about “Jews” behind the “Muslim invasion.”

 


When islamophobes open their mouths, neither Muslims nor Jews are safe!

What are the facts behind the decision? It isn’t complicated. The assemblies have been criticized for a long time by atheists and people of other faiths that want to uphold “freedom of belief.” Listen to Rabbi Romain again.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chairman of the Accord Coalition, which opposes faith schools, agreed compulsory worship in schools can be counterproductive.

“Assemblies have a vital educational role – at the best, they can bring a school together in celebration of common values, and can assist pupils in exploring questions of purpose, value and meaning,” he said.

“However, at their worst, they can enforce worship on children who either do not hold religious beliefs or who adhere to a different faith.

It’s as simple as that, and is not a part of an alleged Muslim-Jewish conspiracy to “Islamize” the west. But the Islamophobes don’t care about facts. Yet, despite all the fact we will continue to see the hate content generating sites such as Breitbart ramble on and on about the decision in Brent.

Edited by Garibaldi

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  • Geraldine

    Or someone to split the moon in half.

  • mindy1

    Prayer should not be compulsory, but I do think that if you are going to have prayer services it should reflect the demographic of school, i.e. Christian based in a mostly Christian school, more multi faith in a diverse school.

  • Bill

    “Pupils must attend.”

    That’s not strictly true. I’m very loath to defend the compulsory act of Christian worship, but the compulsion is on the school to hold one. Pupils only need to bring in a note from their parent or guardian and they will be excused (and put in an empty classroom with a bored teacher to supervise them until it’s over). There were a few Jehovah’s Witnesses at my children’s primary school who used to sit out morning assembly because of the prayers. I asked mine (who are Jewish) if they wanted to do the same but children don’t like to be the odd ones out. I’m not saying that they’ve none of them ever made a stand on a point of principle but sitting through a mumbled Our Father wasn’t something any of them wanted to die in a ditch for. That’s what we’re like in Britain – we put up with stuff.

  • Yausari

    You mean do an actual ‘research’ like a ‘journalist’? No way!

  • Joey Sanders

    The comment section of Breitbart went into a lot of things. It became a discussion about atheism, slavery, loss of culture and other topics. Jews were blamed for some of it, but Muslims faced the brunt of the backlash.

    The site’s founder, Andrew Breitbart, was Jewish. Garibaldi wrote this at the time of his death.

    “I wish I could say RIP Breitbart, but the above eulogies from the loons make it clear that Breitbart’s abiding legacy is his contribution towards amplifying the most radical voices amongst the Right.”

    Breitbart probably thought his hatred of Islam could be contained to just that, but he was wrong. After his death, it lead to people hating more and more. Antisemitism is slowly creeping its way back into the Protestant mainstream. Now that it has been unleashed, what is the endgame for Jews and Muslims?

    He is the rest of the article that Garibaldi wrote:

    http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/03/andrew-breitbart-leaves-a-legacy-of-racism-islamophobia-and-hate/

  • rookie

    Maybe Loonwatch cold do an article about so called “Judeo-Christian” culture and the clam of Islamhaters about inferiority of Islam compared to these two – both theologically and socially…

  • HSkol

    If Breitbart is concerned with the “deChristianization” of London, they should speak with London – rather than get all conspiratorial over demographic change. Weirdos.

  • Khizer

    Breitbart comments are another reason why the meteor that extinguished the dinosaurs wasn’t enough……

    I eagerly await another meteor to crash into earth….

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