In England, teaching the truth about Islam is considered hate speech. A primary school teacher in Somerset has been banned from the teaching profession for the rest of his life after a series of anti-Islam comments were found on his Facebook page.
Independent Philip Turner, 53, wrote “Islam is the cancer of the world. Cut it out!” An investigation by the school discovered he described Islam as a “vile vile vile region” on Facebook and shared a posted article which contained a picture of a several Pakistani Muslim men, with the comment: “More child rapists – wonder what they have in common?”
The Department for Education decided he had showed an “unacceptable lack of tolerance”, because of “sustained offensive posts promoting racial (What “race” is Islam?) and religious hatred”. Mr Turner was sacked by Mary Elton Primary School in Clevedon in January 2019 after parents first raised concerns about his views the previous September.
He also posted a comment claiming: “If I voted or endorsed a right wing political party I would lose my job. Ukip is as far as I can go and that would be pushing it for some liberal loonies.”
The school also alleged he had presented some “unacceptable” views and discussed “inappropriate” topics in class with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils – leading at least one pupil to suggest “if a person of an ethnic minority is unhappy with a country’s policies they should ‘leave the country.’”
The regulator decided the school’s allegations were “proved” and judged Mr Turner’s behaviour “amounted to misconduct of a serious nature”. The Department for Education has banned Mr Turner from teaching indefinitely. He cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
Similarly, a school dinner lady was suspended from her job for attending an anti-Islamic terrorism rally in Manchester in 2017.