Irish media has reported that Dr Ali Selim, associated with the Islamic Cultural Centre in Ireland, has called for what are described as radical changes in the Irish educational system to accommodate children with Islamic beliefs. According to the Irish Times report:
September 3, 2014 A spokesman for the Muslim community in Ireland has called for radical change in the educational system to accommodate children with Islamic beliefs.
Dr Ali Selim, of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin’s Clonskeagh and a lecturer in the Mater Dei Institute and Trinity College, has called for ‘a revolution of inclusivity’ in Irish schools and ‘an upheaval in Irish educational perspectives’.
This was necessary to accommodate the needs of a society which is now ‘home to a variety of Christian denominations, as well as people of other faiths and of none’, he says in his book Islam and Education in Ireland, to be published next week.
Why do schools insist we kit out our children like miniature adults from the 1950s? Some foreign language schools were ‘visa factories’ Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced Estimating that of approximately 65,000 Muslims in Ireland today as many as 20,000 would be in the under-18 school-going age, he relates difficulties these young people face when it comes to admission to schools, as well as their problems with PE classes, relationship and sexuality education, music and drama classes, and practice of their faith during school hours.
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In September 2012, the GMBDW reported that Dr. Selim, had made comments praising the concept of “martyrdom.”
In February 2010, we reported on Dr. Selim in connection with statements by Irish Muslim Brotherhood leaders saying that a ban on face veils violates personal freedoms.
Ali Selim is the private secretary to Hussein Halawa, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, closely tied to the European Muslim Brotherhood, and is described as am ICCI “resident theologian.” Mr. Selim attracted a great deal of local media attention in September 2006 when he told a newspaper interviewer that, ideally, he would like to see Shariah law adopted in Ireland in the “event of a Muslim majority.” Along the same lines, Mr. Selim said in 2006 that religious law should be imposed over secular law if that was wished by the majority. Other controversial statements by Mr. Selim include:
- Suggesting that there were conspiratorial forces behind the 911 attacks saying “history, definitely, will prove to us that those people were not the only ones involved in 9/11. That, in actual fact, there’s a wider circle that’s under the shade so we can’t see it at the moment. “
- Saying he had seen no proof that Muslims carried out the July 2006 London bombings, suggesting that videotapes of the bombers might have been faked and that he was not aware that they were identified by their own families.
- Claiming he was unaware of any Muslims calling for Jihad against the West
- Saying that he had “no opinion” about Osama Bin Laden