London - UK Chief Rabbi Recommends Teaching Islam As Second Faith Option
London - UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has issued a recommendation that Islam be taught as a way of satisfying the new GCSE religious studies curriculum which requires that a second faith be taught to students beginning next September.
THEJC.com (http://bit.ly/1IaK1Zs) reports that Mrivis’ suggestion comes on the heels of a controversial new government initiative that requires GCSE religious studies curriculum students to spend 25% of their time studying a second faith.
The initiative is aimed at countering religious extremism while promoting tolerance.
A spokesman for Mirvis said teaching Islam would provide a “valuable opportunity” for students to obtain a better understanding of the “poorly understand” religion of Islam.
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