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Faith minister suggests school mosque trips as answer to Islamophobia amongst parents

Mon 17 Sep 2018
By Marcus Jones

The faith minister says he wants more schools to take pupils on trips to mosques.

Lord Bourne said in The Times on Monday that he hopes it will hopefully stamp out Islamophobia among mums and dads.

 

"Occasionally you find that parents are saying, 'We're not sure we want our kids to go to the local mosque'," he said.

"They are then persuaded by the school that it's a good idea and the kids come back and tell them about it and the parents then say, 'Oh, that's interesting, perhaps we'll visit ourselves'."

 

Islamic affairs expert, Dr Antony McRoy told Premier's News Hour he's unconvinced.

"It's rather bemusing to think that taking pupils to any religious institution will affect the feelings of their parents.

"Instead, we need to ask what has caused Islamophobia amongst the parents."

Another suggestion from Lord Bourne is a twinning system which helps churches and mosques work together.

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