Aug 31

Muslim Tower Hamlets foster carers in storm over Christian child

East London Family Court, situated in a tower block at Canary Wharf, hears cases brought by Tower Hamlets Social Services

East London Family Court, situated in a tower block at Canary Wharf, hears cases brought by Tower Hamlets Social Services

A child in care from a Christian family was placed in care with a strict Muslim foster family who ridiculed her Christian beliefs, according to reports.

The child, who cannot be named because of family court rules, was placed in foster care by social workers in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Social Services sent her to live with two Muslim families in six months.  One family allegedly said she should remove her necklace bearing a cross and learn Arabic. The Bible says:

Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

The story first appeared in The Times, but was re-run in other media, including the Metro on Tuesday.

The carers, said the reports, covered their faces with a niqab.  They stopped the girl, who is five, from eating her favourite Italian food, carbonara, because it contained bacon.  Islam forbids the eating of pork which is seen as ‘haram’ or ‘forbidden.’

Lawyers tried to stop The Times attending court

Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara ordered the girl should be removed from the Muslim carers

Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara ordered the girl should be removed from the Muslim carers

The foster carers also referred to the Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter disparagingly.  According to the Metro newspaper, the little girl went home telling her mother the festivals were ‘stupid’.  Moreover, she said her carers had told her, ‘European women are stupid and alcoholic’.  Naturally, her mother was appalled, and said she had opposed the placement.

But Tower Hamlets social workers refused to place the girl with her grandmother.

The case was back in the East London family court yesterday.  This time, Circuit Judge Khatun Sapnara ruled the girl must leave the Muslim foster carers and go to live with her grandparents, as the child’s family wanted all along. (Coincidentally, Her Honour is Muslim of Bangladeshi descent.  Tower Hamlets has a large concentration of Bangladeshis.)

But even then, lawyers for Tower Hamlets Social Services tried to have journalists from The Times thrown out. Members of the press have a right to attend the family court.  Security staff, says Andrew Norfolk of The Times, were escorting a journalist from the building.  Judge Sapnara heard and ordered he be admitted to the court.  She praised the paper for exposing the case.  The judgment is here.

The lawyers went so far as to allege the paper had seen confidential court documents.  Yesterday, The Times said Tower Hamlets had tried to block the original story.  The newspaper deserves credit for pressing ahead and exposing it.  Nevertheless, at present, parents are barred from showing journalists papers, such as social workers’ reports, prepared for the court.  That is an interference with freedom of expression which this writer is campaigning to have removed.

Tower Hamlets complain of alleged inaccuracies

East London Mosque lies in the heart of Tower Hamlets

East London Mosque lies in the heart of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Social Services are incandescent that the story had come to the light.  They hoped it would stay private, hidden away in the secrecy of the family court.   According to the Guardian, they have complained about alleged ‘inaccuracies’ in The Times report.

The Guardian goes on:  ‘The Children Act 1989 requires a local authority to give consideration to “religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background” when making decisions about a child who is in care as a result of a court order.

‘MPs have expressed concern over the case, including Robert Halfon, the Conservative chairman of the Commons education committee, who said it would be equally concerning if a Muslim child who did not speak English were placed with a Christian foster carer in a home where the child’s language was not spoken.

‘The office of the children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, confirmed it would be contacting Tower Hamlets council to find out why the decision was made. The child has reportedly been in the care of a Muslim family for the past six months.’

Christians barred from fostering

The Guardian reports Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, taking The Times to task.  He criticised the Times in a number of tweets: One said, “Demonisation of the foreigner (especially the Muslim foreigner) is the clear undercurrent in this entire piece. It is appalling.”

But others will be concerned how people with such a negative view of the society they are living in came to be approved as foster carers in the first place.  Social Services have barred Christian foster parents on grounds of perceived negative views of homosexuality.  The BBC reported in 2011 that Owen and Eunice Johns lost their case against Derby City Council.  How do they suppose radical Muslims view that vice?

Foster carers can secure hundreds of pounds a week looking after children in care.

Social workers stopped another Christian couple from adopting a child. The couple said a child needed a mother and a father.  That was enough to prevent them being accepted.

Islam ‘a threat to the West’

Just today RT reported that more than half of Britons believe Islam ‘poses a threat to the West’.  It says this is despite the UK becoming more tolerant and open overall.  Pro-Muslim group ‘Hope not Hate’ published the figures from a new study it commissioned.  Hope not Hate said it would require ‘significant effort’ to ‘address’ what it views as ‘homophobia’ rather than legitimate concern.

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    1. Stephen

      Thank you, sir. I have added it to the story.

    2. Tom

      Thank you for this.

      I see from the Court paper that granny is from a muslim family, non-practicing, and wishes to return to her country of origin.

      Mummy describes herself as of “Christian heritage”, which probably puts her, or perhaps some member of her family, in peril of death for apostasy if the rules are applied in their country of origin. If that country is Bangladesh, the law may allow them their faith, but their fellow countrymen are not always lenient.

      The other interesting thing is that granny will stay in this country if the council will support her in doing so. It does not affect the case of course, but it does suggest there is more to the child’s future stability than first meets the eye.

      If the foster carers were Arabic speakers, that must have been impossible for the poor girl. I wonder if the council realise there is more than one type of immigrant, or even that there is more than one type of muslim. Who are these council members?

      I pray for Holy Wisdom on all involved, and for the powers of Heaven to guard the child at the centre.

      1. Chris Powell

        This is how I see it:
        The woman came to the UK with her mother, a nominal Muslim, when she was a child.
        She grew up, had a child and converted to Christianity.
        Practising Muslims hate anyone who leaves the Faith, so they spread a story, which is probably untrue, that she is an alcoholic and a drug user. This enabled social services to remove the child.
        In Tower Hamlets the Muslims have enough influence to get the child fostered by Muslim extremists. Anyone who complains that the foster parents are unsuitable will be called islamophobic and risk losing their own children.
        The foster parents probably can speak English but speak to the child in Arabic to make it difficult for her.

        1. Rox

          If we are dealing here with Bangladeshis, which seems to be assumed, they would only teach her a little Arabic so that she can understand a little in the mosque, just as Roman Catholic children used to be taught a little Latin. They never conversed in Latin, and Bangladeshis do not converse in Arabic. Bangladeshis speak Bengali, not Arabic or Urdu.

          If it’s true that the foster parents of a child in England do not speak English, I would have thought that this was ample grounds to find them inadequate (except possibly for children who speak the same language as they do). Eugene would be very happy with parents who speak Russian, but perhaps his son doesn’t want this. There are children in England whose children want them to speak the original family language as well as English, but who refuse (or who are incapable of the feat of being successfully bilingual, in some cases).

          1. Rox

            Correction :
            There are children in England whose PARENTS want

  1. Eugene

    My son was snatched from his usual religious, cultural atmosphere. Now he has no religion, no synagogue, no Russian language . nothing. HHJudge Cameroon rejected my request for my son to bellowed to attend Passover ceremno together (of course, with a presence of SW), She found 3000 tradition “unknown, untested, unpredictable( environment for my son. Despite that he was attending Holy Days regularly. before

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