A furious father has refused to let his 12-year-old stepdaughter finish her homework after she was asked to write a letter to her family about becoming a Muslim. Mark McLachlan, 43, from Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, has slammed the decision by the Kepier School to ask pupils to pen the note.
UPDATE The stepfather who slammed his 12-year-old’s school for making her write a letter about ‘converting to Islam’ has been called a ‘racist bigot’ and is terrified of violent repercussions. Mark McLachlan (photo right) refused to let her finish the ‘letter to my family about converting to Islam’, claiming it was ‘brainwashing’ her about the religion and did not see what it would achieve.
But since posting about it on social media he says he has received a lot of abuse. He told MailOnline: ‘My wife and I are terrified of the repercussions. ‘Any time anybody says anything negative about Islam they are torn to shreds.
‘In 50 years time I can see Britain becoming an Islamic state and my children and grandchildren are still going to be alive – I don’t want them wearing a niqab.’
‘My stepdaughter is coming home talking about the Prophet Muhammad and halal meat saying Islam is the religion of peace. ‘But if she watched the news and knew about all the atrocities Islam has caused all over the world, she would know it isn’t the religion of peace at all.’
UK Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) He has refused to let his stepdaughter, who he has asked not to be named, complete the task after failing to see what the letter would accomplish. Mr McLachlan said: ‘I know as part of the national curriculum they have to learn about all religions.
‘I just don’t see why they should ask a child to write a letter addressed to their family about converting to another religion. I really just don’t see what the letter will gain. ‘If they want children to learn about Islam, then go teach them all about it and its sordid and violent history.
‘What I don’t want is a school asking my stepdaughter to look into reasons for converting to another religion. ‘Like every parent, it is our decision on how we raise them and once they are old enough to make decision, then it is there choice.’
The homework came to light when Mr McLachlan was looking through the youngster’s school planner and saw the teacher has written the task to be handed in on November 8.
He added: ‘When I saw this assignment in the planner, written by the teacher, you could have knocked me over with a feather. ‘I told her she will not be completing it and she is more worried about getting detention.
Mr McLachlan took a photo of the assignment and posted it online, where it has been shared hundreds of times. One user commented: ‘Would they go to a Muslim school and ask them to write a letter to their parents about converting to catholic? I doubt it!