Without taking religion seriously we won’t understand Islamic violence

A FORMER teacher at an Islamic school in southwestern Sydney is sounding the alarm at what she fears is the radicalisation of young Muslim students.

Mrs A, who also taught at Punchbowl Public School, points to the 2012 staff handbook at Bellfield College, from which students are taught 20 lessons “about the truth of life from the Quranic perspective”.

Most are positive, character building edicts, such as the importance of volunteering, fitting in with others, good manners, kindness to parents, and “resolving conflicts with fair words not clenched fists”.

But there are two ­lessons, buried among the rest, which seem sinister. Lesson 16: “The worst ­enemies of mankind ­(include) secularism which divides the ­religious and political roles.”

Lesson 20: “Peace, stability and justice can be only achieved through the establishment of Islam and the rule of divinely appointed Imams… and nothing else, and it is his prime duty to strive for the establishment of Islam on the earth.”