A primary school in Chingford, East London has arrogantly imposed a halal only menu on its pupils despite only approximately 10% of the school population being Muslim.
Parents who object to this policy have demonstrated against the imposition of Islamically controlled food being given to non Muslim children.
The outraged non-Muslim parents feel, probably quite correctly, that Islamic beliefs are being forcibly imposed on their children.
This case has the lot, from the arrogant, Islam appeasing, politically correct, head teacher, Lynne Harrowell, the parents frightened to complain about the halal-only policy for fear of being called ‘racist’ to the ‘consultation’ about which the head teacher apparantly knows no details of. It also has the usual misrepresentation of the new dining policy by the school because some parents took information supplied by the school to mean that there would be a halal option for those who require it. Oh and you also have the headteachers use of the weasel word ‘inclusion’, which too often means submission to Islamic bullying and an obsession with identity politics.
The local newspaper, The Chingford Guardian, said:
“Parents have reacted with outrage over plans to start serving only Halal meat to school pupils.
Management at Larkswood Primary in New Road, Chingford, will stop providing meat slaughtered using ‘standard’ methods and replace it with food which is prepared according to the rituals of Islam from mid-April.
Parents told the Guardian they had no objection to Muslim children practising their faith and eating Halal meat at the school.
But said they did not want such religious beliefs imposed on their own offspring.
They also claim not to have been given an explanation for the sudden change and say less than 10 per cent of children at Larkswood are Muslim.
Headteacher Lynne Harrowell said most schools in London served Halal meat and that parents were consulted but the majority did not express a preference.
She was unable to provide details how many voted for or against the plans. “
Notice the arrogance of the head teacher in stating that most schools in London serve Halal meat, and note also her priorities. Her priorities seem to be pandering to the followers of the ideology of Islam and not with those who have genuine well founded objections to such pandering. It would be interesting to find out just what proportion were for or against the impositon of Halal during the ‘consultation’, and it seems strange that a member of a school senior management team would not be aware of such figures.
One of the parents felt that the ideology of Islam was being imposed on the schools non-Muslim children and said:
“Tina Hill, 48, who has an eight-year-old son at the school, said: “Why should their views be forced on us? I think it’s disgusting.
“As parents we should be given a choice what our children eat.
“I do not want my child eating food which has been slaughtered in this way and blessed.
“I am so angry about it I would consider taking my son out of Larkswood.”
She said the consultation letter was unclear and many parents had assumed Halal was being added as an option and not as the only type of meat that would be served. “
None of the parents quoted in the article had any objection to a halal or vegetarian option for Muslim children only to the fact that the practices of a minority were being imposed on the majority which is an injustice.
Also some parents were fearful of being smeared as ‘racists’ by Muslims and Leftists. Several parents were said by the Chingford Guardian, to have spoken to the paper anonymously because they: “were too afraid to speak out for fear of being branded racist.’
The paper added:
“A 32-year-old mum-of-three said: “I don’t understand why they can’t have Halal meat as an option, I think everyone would be happy with that.
“We haven’t been told why they want to do this, but some parents suspect it is because Halal meat is cheaper and will save the school money.
“I am very angry about it and I will stop my child having hot school dinners if they do go ahead with this. I’ll give him a packed lunch instead.”
It shouldn’t be the case that the majority Christian or secular children should be taking a packed lunch to school in order to avoid halal meat. Things are the wrong way round, it should be the Muslim children going to school with a halal packed lunch, if the Muslim parents are so keen on the halal dietary rules. Other minority religions with restricted dietary rules whether that be vegetarian or kosher or even an abundance of pasta, take responsibility for their own stomachs and what goes in them. It is not the job of the state or schools to cater for the requirements of the Muslim stomach.
The senior management team of Larkswood school have become a serious contender for this blogs ‘Neville Chamberlain of the Month’ award for March.
Original story from the Chingford Guardian
Note: There was unusually for a local paper quite a lively debate on the Chingford Guardian’s message board which did allow opponents of Islam to have a voice. As so many of these local paper debates on Islam seem to disappear, possibly under pressure from Islamic groups in the papers local area, this blog is reproducing whole comment thread from the Chingford Guardian in the comments attached to this post.
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