Religion - Lessons in Hate and Violence
Dispatches goes undercover to investigate allegations that teachers regularly assault young children in some of the 2,000 Muslim schools in Britain run by Islamic organizations. The programme also follows up allegations that, behind closed doors, some Muslim secondary schools teach a message of hatred and intolerance. The programme is presented by reporter Tazeen Ahmad. Lessons in Hate and Violence is not available on 4oD at this time, due to an ongoing police investigation concerning subjects featured in the programme. Muslim groups gave their reaction after the programme aired. The British Muslim Forum condemned abuse and bigotry but said that such incidents and attitudes were not widespread in the 2,000 Islamic institutions across Britain. It urged Channel 4 not to fall in the trap of Islam bashing or creating fear, hatred and racism against Muslims and their holy faith as has become fashionable these days by over-generalising and exaggerating such isolated incidents. The group also said it was of extreme concern that the programme producers were aware of the incidents since July 2010 but failed to pass the information on to the relevant authorities, thereby compromising the health and safety of the children involved.