An internationally-prominent critic of Islam is calling on Australia to shut down Muslim schools and has likened them to child abuse.
Somali-born atheist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is touring Australia next month, said the curriculum of these schools was incompatible with liberal, secular values.
Ms Ali, a former Dutch politician and refugee who is also a former Muslim, cited how Islamic schools restricted science lessons and banned art and music classes.
‘It is child abuse pure and simple,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Muslim schools should not be allowed in liberal society.
‘These Muslim schools they take opportunity away from the children, they should be banned.’
Her call comes only days after Daily Mail Australia caught on camera former Islamic school student Uthman Badar, the leader of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, calling for ex-Muslims to be executed.
He went to Malek Fahd Islamic School in south-west Sydney, along with fellow Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Hamzah Qureshi who also regularly appears in social media videos.
Another Islamic school in Sydney’s west, Al-Faisal College in Auburn, removed references to reproduction in a textbook and instead gave credit to Allah, the News Corp report said.
Ms Ali, who spent part of her childhood in Saudi Arabia under sharia law, said Islam was a political ideology and not just a religion – a sentiment echoed by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
‘Everyone says we allow Christian and Jewish schools but they are different, the Muslim schools are political ideology masquerading as a religion infiltrating the institutions of learning, preying on really small children and filling their heads up with these extreme ideas,’ Ms Ali said.
Ms Ali, a former centre-right lawmaker in The Netherlands who had earlier worked for a Labour-aligned think tank, said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s weak language on Islamist terror would encourage voters to support One Nation.
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