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Moderator hits out at youth camp ‘al Qaida’ comparison

The Courier & Advertiser 12 Jan 2016

A Dundee minister has said Christian youth camps are being equated with al Qaida training camps under proposed new legislation.
Consultation on UK Government plans to monitor “out-of-school education settings” have been branded a threat to religious freedom by the Rev David Robertson, moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.
The plans drawn up by the Department for Education aim to combat extremism by giving Ofsted inspectors the right to carry out spot-checks on any group for under-19-year-olds that gives six hours of instruction to children per week.Inspectors would have the power to shut down any event which they deem to be out of step with “fundamental British values”. Despite the Westminster proposals only covering England, some of the Free Kirk’s week-long summer holiday youth camps in Shropshire would be forced to register under the…

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