A few weeks ago I warned of the dangers of Islamists infiltrating the Labour Party (see here) and now others are waking up to the dangers of similar tactics in education and charity work. Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Perry Barr warned in The Sunday Times that:
"It's like the Trotskyists coming into the Labour Party in the 1980's and trying to take over from within".
Even leaving aside the fact a rather large group of them, the Militant Tendency (now re branded the Socialist Party) had been present for over a decade before then, their rise did attract most (but not all) of the various Trotskyist groupscules into the Labour Party for an extended period. Some of them (The secretive Socialist Action group) ended up as "lieutenants for Ken Livingstone during his reign as Mayor of London.
Now we see schools (and Universities) undermined by an intolerant Islamist inspired agenda.
Girls being forced to sit at the back of classrooms, female teachers "sidelined" allegations of hate preachers being heard in school Assemblies and Christian pupils being excluded from "religious" classes because the whole curriculum was Islamic.
Such practises are unacceptable in a modern democratic society.
Another Labour MP, Tristram Hunt has also joined the call for for religious extremists to be driven from our schools. Addressing the NASUWT conference he said:
We cannot have narrow, religious motives which seek to divide and isolate dictating state schooling. We cannot have head teachers forced out, teachers undermined, curricular re-written and cultural or gender based segregation.
Those on the so-called "left" who attack secularists and others who attempt to expose this dangerous phenomena are themselves part of the problem.
Socialist Resistance doesn't want Luftur Rahman investigated despite there being ample evidence to justify Tower Hamlets be opened up to public scrutiny. Bob Pitt, who thinks Islam is above any criticism whatsoever and those that do seek to engage backward ideas are all "Islamophobes" and publishes distorted rants against secularism is currently providing cover for the Islamists and their left allies in his latest diatribe.
There are numerous others, Socialist Unity, the SWP and the rest of the anti- imperialist armchair brigade who seek (literally) unholy alliances with the Islamists to undermine our society.
The time has come to stand up against all this nonsense.
It is not Islamophobic to stand up for women's rights including the right of girls to a full and proper scientific eduction away from the religious nonsense that the Islamists promote.
It is not Islamophobic to stand up for gay rights or democracy, free speech and human rights.
It's actually called secularism and secularists believe in the rights of all to practise their religion, but not at the expense of human rights which always come first.
Time to stand up for reason!
Time to stand up to extremists undermining our society whether Islamist or Trotskyist!