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Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith writes in the Independent, ‘Catholic schools will be teaching Judaism as the second religion studied alongside Christianity at GCSE level, despite Islam being the second biggest religion practiced in the UK. The move follows recent changes to the Religious Education GCSE which requires schools to teach pupils two religions as part of the exam instead of one…

Muslim leaders have reportedly called the decision “very disappointing,” while Sir Iqbal Sacranie, former secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, told the Mail on Sunday it was “not a good decision”.

“It does not reflect well on the messages that are coming out from the church for greater tolerance of other faiths,” he said, referencing Pope Francis’ call for greater respect for other people’s religions, their faith’s teachings and their values held. Catholic schools account for one in 10 schools in England and Wales, and according to Premier, Muslim children can form up to 90 per cent of the student body in some Catholic institutions.’ click here.

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