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wobafetty asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 9 months ago

A student was disqualified from her GCSEs for allegedly being racist. Simply by stating halal meat was not to her taste. ..?

For one there was no proof of deliberate racism nor would racism ever warrant disqualification from exams a student is entitled to. Even if it was out right blatant hate attacks why would it warrant being disqualified? What does her right to an education have to do with racism?

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  • 9 months ago

    The racism is this. The girl had the option to say that as a vegetarian, she found the killing of all animals for human consumption 'disgusting'. Instead she chose to single out the way in which halal meat is slaughtered. But slaughter is slaughter. It's all 'disgusting', or should be, to a vegetarian. By the same token the official reaction was over-zealous and it's quite right that the decision was overturned on appeal.

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  • 9 months ago

    Abigail Ward, 16, a strict vegetarian, wrote during a Religious Studies exam in June that she found the idea of halal meat "absolutely disgusting".

    The exam board OCR later disqualified Miss Ward from the exam, accusing her of making "obscene racial comments".

    The decision was overturned when her school, Gildredge House in Eastbourne, appealed the decision, insisting Miss Ward had expressed her distaste for halal butchering. She wasn't making any comment about Muslims.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/vegetarian-stud...

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    • Michael
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      9 months agoReport

      Bill, if you read the article you will find,that she's oppose to ritual slaughtering.Being a vegetarian doesn't necessary mean that one is uninformed.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Utterly ridiculous this is not racist. She should sue the exam board. This really is PC gone mad.

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  • 9 months ago

    What do you expect? Britain is a country that covers up Pakis raping and torturing it's own children for fear of causing offence.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    The crass stupidity of all authorities, is very difficult to understand. We are no longer allowed to speak our minds or express preferences or dislikes. In their attempts to not offend small and very small minorities, they end up offending EVERY right minded person in the country. We have strict laws on how abattoirs are run, so that there is minimal distress to the animals but, then say to a small minority, 'ok, we won't apply those laws and rules to you'. They already have their family courts, that are acknowledged by the authorities. When the backlash comes, I hope that I'm not around.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    There was nothing racist about that statement. It's like a Muslim saying "pork is not to my taste."

    This hypothetical Muslim would not be disqualified from taking exams so why should this girl be accused of racism?

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    • Michael
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      9 months agoReport

      I do agree with you Di. There should be one law and regardless of their faith,all should be accountable to that law, .

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It would have been nice for a link. Apparently the board has apologised, because she was vegetarian.

    The board declared her statement that HALAL meat was disgusting was “ obscene and racist” how they thought a dislike of a way an animal was slaughtered was racist Is anyone’s guess. But more importantly, it shows the illiberal views of modern liberalism, it shows us freedom of speech, expression and even personal views have been so eroded that liberalism is no longer even recognisable from its original concepts

    In my view an apology from the board isn’t good enough, they should receive the same type of punishment they seemed so keen on implementing and lose, not only their jobs but any future chance for employment where they have any authority

  • patty
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    yes this so called being racist has gone too far.

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  • Jack H
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    A link would be good, if she's a vegan, then NO MEAT is to her taste. If this did happen, then she should sue the education authority and every individual involved in the decision...

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  • Bill
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    halal meat has no taste different to any other meat

    for her information , many abbators now kill according to islamic and jewis traditions and most of the meat from supermarkets is hala or kosher

    • Biff
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Supermarkets don't sell kosher meat as ordinary meat because it is produced without pre-stunning which Jewish law forbids. They do sell halal meat produced with pre-stunning as ordinary meat because it is too much trouble for suppliers to run separate lines.

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