Australia: Catholic teacher forced Qur’anic readings on students

Australia: Catholic teacher forced Qur’anic readings on students

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 BY CHRISTINE WILLIAMS

“Parents have been left fuming after discovering a history and geography teacher has been reading excerpts of the Koran to their children at a Catholic boy’s high school.”

Now why would Jesse Pittard not read to the children the Torah, the Vedas (Hindu scriptures), the Sutras (Buddhist texts) etc., all in the spirit of diversity? What could be his motive to choose only one religion? Apparently he was a well-intentioned Leftist multiculturalist who has swallowed the full gamut of “Islamophobia” propaganda and was trying to “help out.” Another dhimmi candidate for Useful Idiot prize of the year. Kudos to the parents for pushing back.

EXCLUSIVE: Parents furious after Catholic school teacher reads out sections of the KORAN before class prayers – but principal insists it was just an ‘academic exercise’”, By Martha Azzi, Daily Mail Australia, September 2, 2016:

Parents have been left fuming after discovering a history and geography teacher has been reading excerpts of the Koran to their children at a Catholic boy’s high school.

Jesse Pittard, who teaches both subjects at Christian Brothers’ High School, in Lewisham in Sydney’s inner-west, has come under fire from parents for reading out sections of the Koran to his year seven students at the start of the day during home room and before classes.

Parents and students told Daily Mail Australia Mr Pittard began reading excerpts to students at the beginning of the semester in July and claimed he has since read ‘more than half’ the Koran to them.

Parents are particularly angry they were not told about the Koran readings and questioned why the Muslim holy book needed to be read outside of religion classes.

One mother said her son revealed during a conversation that Mr Pittard was reading the Koran to him before his geography class.

‘We don’t send our kids to an Islamic school to listen to the Koran and it’s not a religion lesson, it’s a geography lesson, so how does that relate to geography?’ she said.

Mr Pittard has chosen not to comment on the matter.

The school’s principal, Brother Paul Conn, confirmed Mr Pittard had read passages from the Koran before several year seven classes, and said he had received three emails and one phone call from concerned parents asking for him to investigate the matter.

But he denied the readings had been going since the beginning of the school semester and had only happened ‘for a couple of days’ and were ‘supposed to be an academic exercise’.

‘Unfortunately, due to the timing of the exercise being with the normal beginning of [Catholic] lesson prayer, some confusion did exist,’ he said.

Mr Conn has since spoken to concerned parents. He said further discussion of the Koran in class has stopped.

‘I … clarified to all concerned that as a Catholic school, we are one hundred percent committed to our Catholic faith, and that our strategic plan and Religious Education Program has the Catholic faith as its core,’ he said.

‘Being a culturally diverse school, we are open to informed and balanced discussion on all faiths, but our commitment in terms of faith education is to the Catholic Faith.

‘I spoke to the teacher concerned, who is a Christian, and he now understands that all beginning of lesson prayer at CBHS Lewisham is Catholic.

‘He never intended to do anything differently, but his timing did cause some confusion. No further discussion on the Koran will be happening as no further need exists.’

The all-boys school caters for students from year five to 12 and prides itself ‘in keeping with its rich faith-filled past’ and only does Catholic prayers in their religion classes.

One of Mr Pittard’s students said the teacher had read the English version of the Koran before geography class…

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One comment on “Australia: Catholic teacher forced Qur’anic readings on students

  1. I taught for some years in a Christian Brothers school. This school was in the same city as school mentioned in the article above.
    One of my students asked the Principal, a Christian Brother, why he didn’t go to daily mass, which was held in the Church next to the school. The Principal said to the boy, “Mass is not important.”
    Of the brothers who were on the staff, I picked up from comments they made, that they were total liberals with no belief in the traditional Catholic Faith. While I was at the school a young teacher was admitted as a brother. We all attended his profession. Some years later he left the brothers. I was told that the reason was because he behaved inappropriately with a student.
    As staff we attended annual “spiritual” days to celebrate Edmund Rice (the founder). These days were excruciatingly bad – a smorgasboard of left-wing, greenie, new age, pop psychology.
    The Principal who was there when I left is now in jail for multiple sexual abuse of students.
    His deputy, who I had believed to be the only Brother who showed the slightest element of Catholic faith, has just been before the court charged with sexual abuse of a student. The judge dismissed the charge after making the extraordinary comment that he believed the victim was telling the truth – but apparently there was not enough objective proof.

    Putting it bluntly – the Christian Brothers is now a complete shambles, a dying order, choking under the weight of un-Catholic, socialistic, new age philosophies that have nothing to do with the Catholic Faith. Like so many religious orders now it is a total disgrace and I can only guess what the founders of these orders would be thinking.
    As the saying goes, “If it was a horse in this condition, you would put it out of its misery.”

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