Saturday 18 July 2009

Mail supports man in discrimination case - because he's Christian

Everything about the way the Mail presents the story Christian teacher tells of race slurs by pupils aged 8 tells you it believes him over anyone else.

The story is of a teacher - Nicholas Kafouris - at a Tower Hamlets primary school who says he was forced out of his job after highlighting racism among kids at the school. He claims eight and nine year old Muslim children said things such as: "We want to be Islamic bombers when we grow up", "the Twin Towers bombers are heroes and martyrs", "we hate the Jews" and "we hate the Christians".

The picture of Kafouris which illustrates the story shows him sat in a very demure, sympathetic pose. The article consists mostly of his claims. Criticisms of him are mentioned, but dismissed on his say so:
Mr Kafouris, who is unmarried and has no children, was also reprimanded for handling a discussion about religion with a child 'inappropriately', which he denies.

He says assistant head Margaret Coleman accused him of shouting at pupils and telling them Muslims had produced suicide bombers - claims he rejects.
And the official line is relegated to one short quote from Tower Hamlets Council which is the last sentence of the article.

The comments are mostly in support of the teacher and along the lines of: 'Another nail in the coffin of this once & green pleasant land'. The entirely reasonable statement: 'Now lets hear the other side of the story', is marked -607.

It's funny too, how different the reactions are to this man taking his employer to court over claims of discrimination with Javid Iqbal and Tariq Dost because they were treated as whingeing money grabbers who should just get on with their lives.

Wonder why this Christian is not dismissed in the same way?

1 comment:

  1. Have a look at this as it makes for interesting reading.


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