UK: Arts college removes student’s artwork to not offend Muslims

Preemptive enforcement of the sharia. But why does the school need a mini-mosque to begin with? via Tapton Secondary School removes student’s artwork in case it offends Muslims | Daily Mail Online. h/t TROP

A school has been slammed by a sixth form pupil for removing her paintings of a mother breastfeeding her child – because it could offend Muslims during Ramadan.

Tapton Secondary School in Sheffield told Martha Armitage, 18, that her A-level paintings would not be displayed with other pupils’ artwork because the space is currently being used as a prayer room for the duration of the religious period.

Now Miss Armitage has hit out at the decision because she believes she is being ‘censored’ and says she is proud of her four paintings, which took 15 hours to create, and wants them to be displayed.

But the school has defended the decision, saying it was a matter of ‘tolerance and respect’ to not put them on show in the prayer room and claimed that the pictures are on display – but in a different section of the school.

Miss Armitage, who works part-time in a cafe, chose the subject of Mother and Baby after being given four choices for her A-level finals.

The four paintings show a mother cradling her baby, another breastfeeding from front-on, another breastfeeding from the side, and another shows a mother holding her child to her naked breast – something that is crucial in the first months of baby bonding.

But Miss Armitage claims she was not informed by the school of the decision not display her paintings with other students’ work and only found out when she noticed they were not on display when she went to the school to collect her prom tickets.

She said: ‘I went to speak to the art technician because I wanted to see my artwork, I hadn’t seen it since I’d submitted it for my A-level.

‘The technician told me the artwork wasn’t going on display at all because it includes breasts and it’s Ramadan.

‘I was just really really shocked. I didn’t know what to say. I left the school and when I went home I told my mum about it, she sent an email to the school.

‘In their reply, they spoke about not having the artwork on display in the conference room which was going to be used as a prayer room.

‘But I was told by the technician that my artwork wasn’t going to be displayed anywhere.

‘In any case, I don’t understand why it’s offensive. Muslim pupils at my school have told me they’re not offended by it. I don’t understand why the school were jumping to conclusions – they’re just being overly sensitive.’

But Miss Armitage wants the school to reverse its decision.

She said: ‘I have Muslim friends who are also outraged. They say it has nothing to do with Ramadan.

‘If it was about distraction there should not be any artwork displayed in there.

‘The pieces that don’t have nipples are allowed to be displayed.

‘I would like my work to be displayed. My friends at the school are really supportive and want to see my work. I feel disheartened because I put a lot of time and effort into it.

‘They’re making decisions on behalf of a culture they don’t understand. The Muslims I have spoken to are not offended by what I have created.

‘It’s a shame this has happened. I have had a great time at the school and I like the art department and the teachers and to leave on this note is quite sad.’

 

 

Montana: College officials let 30 Saudi students caught cheating fly home to avoid deportation, charges

via Saudis tried to shield students from scandal at Montana Tech. h/t Diversity’s Dark Side

A group of Saudi students caught in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were offered flights home by their kingdom’s diplomats to avoid the possibility of deportation or arrest, according to a cache of Saudi Embassy memos recently published by WikiLeaks and a senior official at the school involved.

The students were in a ring of roughly 30 alleged cheaters at Montana Tech accused of having systematically forged grades by giving presents to a college employee.

The cheating was discovered – and the staffer was fired – following an investigation made public in early 2012, but the memos reveal for the first time that the students were almost all Saudis and that their government booked them flights home following a meeting between college administrators and Saudi diplomats in Washington just before the scandal broke.

A Saudi memo describing the meeting, dated Feb. 3, 2012, and labeled “Secret / Urgent,” says it was Montana Tech Chancellor Donald Blackketter who floated the idea of flying the students out of the United States. The memo goes on to say that an unidentified diplomat at the embassy subsequently “issued travel tickets to those students … to return to the kingdom so they don’t face jail or deportation by the American authorities.”

Reached by phone at his home in Butte, the college’s Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs Douglas Abbott told the Associated Press the Saudi Embassy’s account of the meeting sounded accurate.

“I think that we might’ve recommended that,” he said of the flights. Montana law doesn’t bar the alteration of school records – even in return for gifts – but Abbott said that, at the time, campus authorities believed the students could be arrested or even expelled from the country.

“We didn’t know whether this would happen, whether ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would show up on the Montana Tech campus,” he said.

Blackketter did not return messages seeking comment.

The Saudi memos reveal that, on Jan. 4, several days before the scandal became public knowledge, Abbott and Blackketter went to the Saudi Embassy in Washington to brief officials there about the cheating allegations.

Abbott told AP that the college had been advised by legal counsel that the Saudi Embassy – which together with Saudi Aramco was sponsoring 33 of the suspected cheaters at Montana Tech – should be told of the issue.

He declined to comment on why his colleague had apparently suggested flying the students out of the country, saying he didn’t remember that aspect of the conversation in any detail.

Abbott said the college’s legal counsel had warned against naming the students or identifying them by nationality. He added that the college notified the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education in Montana and even called in the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate what he believed were possible crimes.

Officials from both agencies arrived on campus on Jan. 9 for interviews, Abbott said, but no one was ever charged.


Read it all.

Obama is letting them in by the thousands and they are above the law.

 

Kerry sends US diplomat to British school overtaken by hardline Muslims

brancoThe State Dept’s entire agenda is Islam. So it makes sense they send a Muslim to a UK school overtaken by hardline Sunni Muslims. via Trojan Horse school in visit by top US diplomat to improve Muslim relations – Birmingham Mail. h/t Islamist Watch

The man tasked with boosting America’s relationship with Muslim communities across the globe has paid a visit to a Birmingham school at the centre of the Trojan Horse scandal.

Shaarik Zafar, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s special representative to Muslim Communities, met with pupils and staff at Park View – one of the five schools plunged in special measures by education watchdog Ofsted in April last year.

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Do they look British?

Back in 2009 we posted on Shaarik Zafar when he was “shaping” policy at DHS.

Park View is battling back after the allegations of a plot by hardline Muslims to take over governing bodies, and is set to change its name to Rockwood Academy in September.

He also joined in a debate with pupils about the role young Muslims can play in British society and the challenges that they face.

One pupil, who did not wish to be named, said: “Some people judge us because of our headscarves but in our eyes we’re British.

Do they look British? The media only refers to them as Asian.

Mr Zafar said he was “thrilled” to meet the pupils at the predominantly Muslim school.

“Muslims are a part of Britain – this is a very British school and I’m honoured to be here,” he added. “Dialogue between communities of all faith is essential – the more we break down barriers and stereotypes the better.

So which is it? A predominantly Muslim school or a very British school?

“Park View is a unique place and the children here have a terrific opportunity to get a first class education, and I look forward to hearing more about the work that this school is doing in the future”.

Adrian Packer, executive headteacher at the school, added: “We are working hard to forge new relationships with other communities.

If it’s a very British school, then why do they need to work hard to forge new relationships with other communities?

“Playing our small part in developing the special relationship between the UK and the US is an exciting prospect for our students.

“Mr Zafar has committed to fostering more links between Park View and other similar schools, businesses and community groups in the US.


Partnering with corrupt, jihad-preaching schools like this one is the last thing American kids need to be involved with. Even Muslim parents say the school was taken over by Islamic radicals and was brainwashing children. So the taxpayer-funded State Dept. sends a Muslim rep to this school? Where school books promote stoning; 6-year-olds taught Western women are ‘white prostitutes’.

In a previous post on the it was revealed that:

…there was a “sustained and coordinated agenda to impose upon children in a number of Birmingham schools the segregationist attitudes and practices of a hardline and politicised strain of Sunni Islam“.

The draft, marked as sensitive, added that: “Left unchecked, it would confine schoolchildren within an intolerant, inward-looking monoculture that would severely inhibit their participation in the life of modern Britain”.

Fire them all.

A few weeks ago, “Mooch” Obama went to a Muslim girls school in one of the U.K.’s notorious Muslim enclaves.

Scotland: Public school forces students to recite Islamic prayers, perform ritual washing on mosque trip (video)

Creeping in every nation, via Shoebat.com

Are Muslim immigrants forced to visit churches and learn about non-Muslim religious practices?

 

 

 

UK: Police knew Muslim rape gangs were targeting schools 5 years ago but did not alert public

…to protect the Muslim/Asian community.

via Police knew grooming gangs were targeting Birmingham schools five years ago but did not alert public – Birmingham Mail.

West Midlands Police knew five years ago that Asian grooming gangs were targeting children outside schools across the city – but failed to make the threat public.

Documents obtained by the Birmingham Mail show the force were aware pupils were at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) back in 2010.

The confidential report, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act, also shows police were worried about community tensions if the abuse from predominantly Pakistani grooming gangs was made public.

The West Midlands Police document entitled Problem Profile, Operation Protection is from March 2010 and highlights how grooming had been directed specifically at schools and children’s homes.

In one heavily redacted passage, entitled ‘Schools’, it states: “In (redacted) a teacher at a (redacted) that a group of Asian males were approaching pupils at the school gate and grooming them. Strong anecdotal evidence shows this MO (modus operandi) is being used across the force.”

The Birmingham Mail is unaware of any police public appeals or warnings from that time.

The 2010 report also reveals children’s homes were being targeted by gangs who used victims to target other girls. It states: “Operations in other forces have identified an MO where offenders use a young girl in a children’s home to target and groom other residents on their behalf.

“This has also been evidenced within the force in (redacted) and (redacted). The girl’s motivation to recruit new victims is often that the provision of new girls provides her a way to escape the cycle of abuse.”

The 2010 report said police had identified a potential 139 victims, 78 per cent of whom were white while more than half were aged 13 to 15. Half of all victims lived within parental homes, while 41 per cent lived in care.

The report said of the 75 grooming suspects identified, a large proportion were from a Pakistani background and a significant proportion were likely to be from a Muslim background.

Almost half lived in Birmingham, with thirty per cent from east Birmingham.

The report said: “The vast majority of identified suspects (79 per cent) are Asian (59 of 75), 12 per cent are white and 5 per cent are African Caribbean. 62 per cent of Asian suspects are of Pakistani origin. Pakistani males account for half of all identified suspects in the force (37 of 75).”

The report added: “Offenders are likely to have a history of previous sexual offences, as well as a wide range of other offences and convictions.’’

The report also highlighted potential ‘community tensions’ which the CSE problems could lead to.

It said: “The predominant offender profile of Pakistani Muslim males… combined with the predominant victim profile of white females has the potential to cause significant community tensions.”

It added: “There is a potential for a backlash against the vast majority of law abiding citizens from Asian/Pakistani communities from other members of the community believing their children have been exploited.

“These factors, combined with an EDL protest in Dudley in April and a general election in May could notably increase community tension.

“Police will be criticised if it appears we have not safeguarded vulnerable children, investigated offences and prosecuted offenders.”

The conclusions of the report said that the authorities needed to improve its care of missing care home children and added: “There is strong evidence in the vast majority of all cases that the victims are enticed, stupefied or controlled by alcohol and a mixture of controlled drugs.

“The victims are already suffering from Health Conditions relating to their chaotic lifestyle and exploitation (Pregnancy, termination, STDs, neglect, and physical and psychological problems).

 

Houston district opens ‘Arabic Immersion School’ to create ‘global citizens’

Or local dhimmis. Prepare for nausea. via Houston district opens ‘Arabic Immersion School’ to create ‘global citizens’ – EAGnews.org.

HOUSTON – About 130 Houston student will attend a new Arabic immersion school next year, where they will learn to speak Arabic as they learn “to be truly global citizens.”

“With kids who learn Arabic, as a parent you’re going to set them up for success, as a teacher you’re going to challenge them to do the best they can, but that skill of learning Arabic and being fluent in it really can be life-changing for a Houston kid,” Kate Adams, the principal of Houston Independent School District’s Arabic Immersion Magnet School, told Houston Public Media.

“In addition to the students being fully functionally bilingual in Arabic and English, the bigger goal for me is that I want our students to be truly global citizens,” she said. “And so that doesn’t just mean language fluency or cultural fluency. It’s kind of how you look at the world and how you interact with the world.”

Click 2 Houston reports Arabic is the second most common foreign language spoken by Houston students, presumably behind Spanish. The school is scheduled to launch next year with two pre-kindergarten classes focused on Modern Standard Arabic. Officials plan to add a new grade level each year until those students reach fifth grade.

“Houston is one of the world’s leading energy capitals and it has strong economic ties to the Middle East,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement. “Those factors combine to create a significant demand in our city for Arabic language fluency – and we want to meet that demand.”

Amy Crouser told HPM she applied for one of the high demand slot at the Arabic immersion school and is thrilled her son was accepted. There were three applications for students for every one of the 130 spots for year one.

Crouser said her family has no ties to the Middle East, but picked the school over the district’s Spanish or Chinese immersion programs because it’s something unique.

“And the fact that we speak English in our household, and that’s it, I just don’t have the opportunity to teach that to him,” she said. “I have no one to speak another language to him where he can be immersed and truly learn as a native speaker.”

Emran El-Badawi heads the Arab Studies Department at the University of Houston, and serves on the board of the new school. He told HPM the school will have to contend with Arab stereotypes, but believes it will ultimately benefit the region.

“In some cases you’re teaching and sometimes you’re also un-teaching,” he said. “This is the city to do this. This is the city to break those stereotypes and start building bridges.”

Crouser read out loud one of the negative comments about the school she found online: “Let’s see, ‘Gee, what could possibly go wrong with this scenario? Why not just pack the kids up and send them off to an ISIS training camps? This is a very sad idea.’”

“They’re not even based on facts. It’s totally fear-ridden comments. I mean, the thing is that Arabic does not equal Islam and Islam does not equal terrorism, so to say that is bigoted and it’s bullying in my book,” she said.

The Houston Chronicle reports HUISD is focusing a lot on dual-language instruction, going from 14 to 55 campuses that offer two languages in just the last three years.t

“From the district’s standpoint, it’s a plus for any student to speak two languages. Officials describe bilingual students as having increased vocabulary, being more competitive academically and better prepared for the job market,” the Chronicle reports.

“Those students … in the dual language program do exceed the academic achievement of other students,” said Altagracia Guerrero, assistant superintendent of the district’s multilingual department, told the Chronicle. “So we want to be able to provide that opportunity for more students.”


If Arabic does not equal Islam then why are the Arabic classes only taught by Muslims and why is Islamic dawah/culture always part of the curriculum?

As noted in the previous post, 22-year old Muslim girl guilty for posting 45,000 terror tweets…all in Arabic.

 

 

Michelle Obama visits UK terror enclave, says ‘see’s herself’ in hijab-covered Muslim girls

Michelle Obama visits Muslim girls at Terror Hamlets school

Why are U.S. taxpayers funding this nonsense? via Mrs. Obama in Britain: Visits Bangladeshi [Muslim]-Dominated School Which Hosts Hard-Left Conferences in Islamist-Friendly Borough – Breitbart.

by Raheem Kassam

Michelle Obama travelled to the United Kingdom today, choosing to give a speech on female empowerment while surrounded by hijab-clad girls in the ethnically “diverse” London borough of Tower Hamlets.

But the Commercial Road in Tower Hamlets, from where Mrs. Obama chose to lecture, isn’t ethnically diverse, and nor is the Mulberry School for Girls that she visited.

Tower Hamlets, which only days ago managed to shake off its Islamist-linked Mayor, boasts a Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani, and otherwise Asian population. At the last census, in 2011, 39 percent of the population self-identified as Christian, while 36 percent identified as Muslim. The Muslim population of the borough is believed to have overtaken the Christian population by some way in the years since, with the next census not due until 2021.

And in Tower Hamlets, nearly 1 in 5 residents did not speak English as their first language, according to the 2011 statistics, opting instead for Bengali.

The Mulberry School for Girls, where Mrs Obama delivered her patronising ‘Let Girls Learn’ speech, is described in multiple Ofsted school inspection reports as having “nearly all students… of Bangladeshi heritage, with a very small minority from other backgrounds, including White British, Pakistani and African.”

And while the school has been rated as “very good” for a number of years, it has also played host to hard-left conferences sponsored by groups such as ‘War on Want’, which is closely tied to anti-Israel activities in the United Kingdom, the ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ which has its roots in communist sympathising, and indeed the European Parliament.

The Mulberry Youth Conference boasts amongst its speakers Shami Chakrabarti from left-wing campaign group Liberty, now-deceased Labour MP Tony Benn, ex Labour MP Clare Short, editor of the Guardian newspaper Alan Rusbridger, anti-white racist columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, hard-left activist Owen Jones, and feminist campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes. 

So why did Michelle Obama choose Tower Hamlets, and the Mulberry School for Girls?

She said she specifically chose the area, and asked the question aloud herself, during her speech: “Why would she choose Tower Hamlets? I’m here because of you,” she told the crowd.

“When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my story,” she told the room full of hijab-wearing girls. “I know I don’t look [older than you all]”, she crowed. And then went on to praise the local area, which is known for being a hot bed of Islamist activity and sympathy.

She described Tower Hamlets as a place where “families are tight knit… with strong values”. Perhaps this is true. There has certainly been evidence of a very “tightly knit” cabal attempting to rule Tower Hamlets. And there are certainly strong values too. Almost half of Britain’s 1300 cases of Female Genital Mutilation last year were from London. No prizes for guess which areas these emanate from.

So perhaps Mrs. Obama’s message about “climate change, poverty, extremism” were not best placed in the London borough best known for being a hive of corruption itself. Then again, as she chose to remind us, she is from the mean streets of Chicago. So that rotten stench probably rings quite familiar.


For more background on Terror Hamlet, see these previous Creeping Sharia posts.

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