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Class Forced To Pray To Allah At A Cheshire School In The UK

By KJ Mullins     Jul 4, 2008 in World
A class at the Alsager school in Cheshire, UK gave two boys detention when they refused to pray to Allah. The incident took place during Alison Phillips' RE class this Tuesday.
The class was learning about the Islam religion when Phillips required all of the students to partake in a prayer. The year seven students of 11 and 12 year-olds were ordered to kneel down and pray to Allah during the religious education class.
Parents have since accused the school of breaching their human rights by forcing students to take part in the exercise.
Phillips wanted her class to have a practical demonstration of how Allah is worshiped.
Parent Sharon Luinen told The Telegraph her feelings on the subject.
"This isn't right, it's taking things too far. I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn't join in Muslim prayer.
"Making them pray to Allah, who isn't who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful."
Two of the boys in the class refused to follow orders and received a detention. All of the students in the class missed their refreshment break because of the incident.
One of the pupils handed the teacher a bottle of water when the class was asked if anyone had any. The teacher then began to wash her feet with the liquid.
Phillips is staying away from the school while emotions are high over the incident. She has not been suspended over the matter.
The Cheshire County Council is investigating the incident. A spokesman for the Council gave the following comments:
"The headteacher contacted the authority immediately complaints were received. Enquiries are being made into the circumstances as a matter of urgency and all parents will be informed accordingly.
"Educating children in the beliefs of different faiths is part of Cheshire's diversity curriculum on the basis that knowledge is, of course, is essential to understanding.
"We accept that such teaching has to be conducted with commonsense and sensitivity."
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