In Britain, teacher suspended “Charlie Hebdo” cartoon after showing it in class

The 29-year-old professor of religions has been suspended in recent days by the administration of his college in a city with a strong Indo-Pakistani component in the county of Yorkshire (northern England), with parents of pupils expressing their anger Did, assuring that the teacher showed a caricature published by Muhammad in the classroom Charlie hebdo. On Friday 26 March, recovered a lot, they continued to perform in front of this college, in public and for free.

In a country where religious symbols are not controversial in a public place that has experienced its attack Islamist attacks, but where the political class, to the right and to the left, is too concerned to avoid any Islamophobic discourse, this story. Annoys and confounds.

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The case goes back to the beginning of the week. On Monday 22 March, the professor (his name was not revealed by the national media), would have been shown as a carving of Muhammad, as part of his course. At least that version has been put forward by a Yorkshire Muslim charity Purpose of Life, which if we consider daily Telegraph, Turn the subject. his Sajjad Hussain, executive director, accuses the teacher “Seditious Practices” And threatens to stop the association’s association with the school if it “Definitely not dismissed”.

The principal, Gary Keeble, tries to calm things down by proving the students’ parents right. In a letter, the extract of which has been published in the media, he presents “His complete and sincere apology” Parents say the pictures shown to students are “Completely inappropriate”. The teacher is suspended while pending an internal investigation. To believe daily Telegraph, He was also kept under police surveillance.

A “State Religion Country”

The assassination of Samuel Patty in October 2020 shook the United Kingdom, but the French government’s very strong response and its staunch defense of secularism drew criticism, even bitter criticism, across the channel. In a country where Anglicanism is the state religion, blasphemy has only been considered derogatory since 2008 (in England and Wales), but respect for religions remains the rule.

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Yet Education Minister Gavin Williamson condemned Thursday night “Threats and Threats” Of which the professor is suffering, guessing “Absolutely unacceptable” Protest of parents of students in front of school, and urge of teachers “Students are allowed to suggest controversial topics.”

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