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Education Minister in Muslim trouble. Muslim school approval upsets the coalition and the Progress Party. The Directorate for Education’s (Utdanningsdirektoratet) all-clear for Norway’s only Muslim primary school hasn’t gone down well. Anti-integration “The government’s decision undermines integration in Oslo. It will cause more segregation, just like we have in the city’s schools today,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde, Progress Party (FrP) MP for Oslo tells Dagsavisen.

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Education Minister in Muslim trouble

Published on Wednesday, 12th May, 2010 at 15:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Muslim school approval upsets the coalition and the Progress Party.

Oslo mosque
Oslo mosque
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The Directorate for Education’s (Utdanningsdirektoratet) all-clear for Norway’s only Muslim primary school hasn’t gone down well.

Anti-integration

“The government’s decision undermines integration in Oslo. It will cause more segregation, just like we have in the city’s schools today,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde, Progress Party (FrP) MP for Oslo tells Dagsavisen.

FrP’s immigration policy spokesman, Per-Willy Amundsen, agrees.

“Schools are the most important arenas for integration. It’s imperative we have meeting places with different religious backgrounds,” he says.

Both Tybring-Gjedde and Amundsen have previously expressed fears about European Islamification, and Amundsen would like to see a ban on wearing burkas and niqabs in public.

“Non-negotiable”

Tybring-Gjedde challenges the school’s principles of education. Tuition is based purely on the Koran and the authentic teachings of Mohammed. Schoolchildren will also learn about Islamic human rights.

“Instruction in the authentic teachings of Mohammed doesn’t contribute to reflection and debate, which characterises our society. And what do they mean by human rights in Islam? The only human rights we relate to are the universal, emphasising freedom of expression, religion, as well as equality. They’re non-negotiable,” says Tybring-Gjedde.

Fears extremism

A political majority on Oslo City Council opposed the Directorate’s decision, including FrP, as well as Education Minister Kristin Halvorsen’s own Party, the Socialist Left (SV). The municipality appealed to the Ministry of Education, but it was turned down.

Party colleague Knut Even Lindsjørn, head of the council’s Cultural and Education Committee (Kultur- og utdanningskomiteen), hopes the school never becomes a reality.

“It just helps reinforce what is an already-segregated city,” he says.

Unmoved

He also fears these types of schools here could at worst contribute to a radicalisation of Norwegian Muslim children, as has happened in other countries.

“We mustn’t be naive.”

Meanwhile, Kristin Halvorsen says the matter has been handled properly and is sticking to her guns, putting her on a collision-course with her own.

“It’s extremely likely a rejection based on integration issues will both violate human rights and be discriminatory. We must treat religions equally, and currently have 95 Christian schools, but no Muslim ones.”



Published on Wednesday, 12th May, 2010 at 15:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: oslo, muslim, mosque, school, kristin, halvorsen, sv, socialist, left, coalition, education, minister, per-willy, amundsen, frp, progress, party, christian, tybring-gjedde.





  
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