A teacher in the UK is in hiding as protests outside a school took place for a second day running in response to a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed being shown to pupils during a lesson about blasphemy.
Dozens of Muslims gathered outside Batley Grammar School once again in a show of force despite the fact that the school has already issued a groveling apology and suspended the teacher in question.
Being located in a “diverse” area of northern England, the school’s population comprises of around 70 per cent Muslim students.
MP Robert Jenrick said reports the teacher was in hiding were “very disturbing.”
Robert Jenrick tells @DanielHewittITV he is “deeply troubled by the suggestion that a teacher conducting a religious studies class should have material censored” and tells people protesting outside Batley Grammar School to “go home”. https://t.co/wy4uI43aJJ pic.twitter.com/Q7gBIdZSD3
— ITV News Politics (@ITVNewsPolitics) March 26, 2021
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation in Manchester, described the lesson as a “despicable attack on our faith”.
“That is not a road we want to go down in this country so I would strongly urge people concerned about this issue not to do that,” he told Sky News.
Labour MP for Batley and Spen Tracy Brabin said the “upset and offense caused” was “understandable and predictable”.
Unlike in response to anti-lockdown protests, police issued no dispersal order or fines under COVID legislation.
Islamist apologists in the media responded to the protests by suggesting that free speech didn’t incorporate the right to cause offense, despite this being the very bedrock of the entire notion of free speech.
Following a similar incident last year in France, teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by an Islamist who had sought revenge for Paty displaying an image that had appeared in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during a lesson about free speech.
Another attack followed in Nice, where a woman was beheaded and two others killed outside a church.
A girl who claimed Paty had asked Muslim students to leave the room before showing the image later admitted she had lied to frame him and that she hadn’t even been in class that day.
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