Britain's Communities Secretary (what the hell is that, anyway?) has an idea that will cure all of Britain's ills...at least so far as British Muslims see them. Every student at state schools will receive mandatory Islamic indoctrination.
State school pupils are set to be taught Islamic traditions and values in compulsory citizenship lessons.In a bizarre way, she's right. If you turn every British kid into a Muslim, there'll be nobody left to bomb. That'll curb extremism.
The move - part of a package of initiatives announced by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears yesterday - is designed to curb extremism.
Other plans announced by Miss Blears also drew criticism - including a state-funded panel of Islamic scholars and theologians to provide community leadership.That "prominent Muslims" think the government's imprimatur would hurt their credibility among Muslims speaks volumes.
Prominent Muslims said this scheme was naive because Government endorsement would erode the credibility of those taking part, especially among the young and disaffected.