A Muslim ‘academic’ not only calls on Catholic schools in Ireland to allow Muslim students to wear Islamic headbags in school, he also wants the religious crests on school uniforms to be removed.
Independent (h/t Susan K) Trinity College Muslim lecturer Dr Ali Selim said: “The headbag (hijab) for Muslims is an essential aspect of character. Depriving Muslims of the right to wear hijabs is very threatening to their identity.” (Gee, that’s funny, allowing Muslim students to attend Catholic schools is very threatening to Catholic students’ well-being)
Although there is no legal ban on the hijab in Irish schools, Dr Selim said wearing the headscarf is a “divine obligation” for Muslim girls and urged schools to be more flexible about incorporating it as part of their uniform. (“Flexible?” When I can wear a bikini on a Saudi beach, we’ll talk, maybe)
“In today’s society we need to apply a more pluralistic approach when it comes to the school uniform,” said Dr Selim, who has lived in Ireland since 1999 and formerly served as Secretary General of the Irish Council of Imams. (Show me a muslim country that doesn’t discriminate against Christians and other religious minorities, otherwise STFU)
Dr Selim, whose five children attend Catholic schools, also wants religious crests on school uniforms to be removed. “Sometimes our school uniform might have a religious identity. If I don’t believe in this religious identity does this put me in a difficult situation with regard to my faith values. In order to provide children with an inclusive educational environment these obstacles need to be removed.” (NO, it’s Muslims who need to be removed)
Dr Selim, who is also the author of a new book called Islam and Education in Ireland, also accused some Catholic schools of having discriminatory admission policies. “Admission policy . . . is a practice of discrimination in my understanding,” he said in reference to the 1998 Education Act. (It’s NOT discrimination, it’s Catholics being Catholic in Catholic schools)
However, Iona Institute director David Quinn, who attended the launch, said he had “issues” with Dr Selim’s views. He said that while Muslim parents have the right to send their children to Catholic schools, the ethos and identity of the school should not be compromised.
Mr Quinn told the Sunday Independent: “A faith school is by definition set up to mainly cater for children of the faith of the school.” There are now more than 60,000 Muslims living in Ireland, making it the fastest growing community in the country. (Huge mistake)
However, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson agreed with Dr Selim that all schools in the Republic need to be more tolerant of students from other religions. (Figures) Archbishop Jackson also said there should be “scope for negotiation” around the wearing of uniforms that display religious crests
Atheist Ireland said Dr Selim’s version of inclusivity is “not practical”. “If he wants schools to promote specific beliefs of other groups then he should recognize that the Islamic schools should also openly respect atheism and other religious views,” said chairperson Michael Nugent.
Jesus was a Muslim?