king fahad academyThis week’s religious controversy comes to us from Acton London where former teacher Colin Cook is accusing the King Fahad Academy, an Islamic school, of preaching hatred and intolerance towards non-Muslims.

Cook alleges that children as young as five are taught from racist textbooks that refer to Jews as apes and Christians as pigs. In addition, pupils have allegedly been heard praising Osama bin Laden and 9/11. Cook claims he was fired last December after blowing the whistle on the school for covering up cheating on the GCSE exams.

There’s much more to the story as can been seen on BBC Newsnight. Have a look at the podcast here and share your thoughts. The video includes an interesting interview with the school’s principal Dr Sumaya Alyusuf, who does indeed admit that they posses “racist” textbooks.

I want to add one more thing. Before 9/11, I don’t remember any stories about Muslims in Europe or the US. Why is that? We’re the stories just not reported or is there a new trend sweeping the globe in which the media is instilling this religious intolerance? It just seems that every time to turn on the TV or read the news, there’s a negative story about Islam and how we’re all doomed. Is this just another case of Islamophobia or is there a noticeable increase in Islamic fundamentalism?

NOTE: No ignorant Muslim bashing will be tolerated in the comments section. Argue on the merits of this story and recent events.

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