For months, debate has raged in Birmingham over the role of Islam in the city’s schools. An anonymous warning about Muslim fundamentalists has authorities alarmed.
The allegations are serious: there are indications of an organized campaign to covertly co-opt schools in England. An inquiry discovered that at several schools in Birmingham, girls and boys were segrated. At some schools, Arabic is a required subject, and Christian holidays are no longer observed. School trips are organized to Mecca and Medina. The conservative education minister, Michael Gove, has announced that with the coming school year, all state schools are required to teach “British values.” The schools under investigation have rejected the accusations.