Dawkins attacks 'alien rubbish' taught in Muslim faith schools
By Hugo Gye
Last updated at 1:24 AM on 8th October 2011
The noted atheist claimed that pupils were being taught to ignore scientific evidence in favour of following the Koran.
He said that he had even met a science teacher who believed that the earth was only 6,000 years old.
Mr Dawkins, a former Oxford professor who found fame as an evolutionary biologist before becoming a vocal opponent of religion, is a longstanding critic of all faith schools.
But he has said that Islamic schools are worse than others, as their teaching is more likely to be influenced by a religious agenda.
Talking to the Times Educational Supplement, he described a trip he made to an 'utterly deplorable' Muslim school in Leicester.
According to the Daily Telegraph, he said: 'Every person I met believes if there is any disagreement between the Koran and science, then the Koran wins.
'It's just utterly deplorable. These are now British children who are having their minds stuffed with alien rubbish.'
Mr Dawkins added that the influence of faith schools often continues when their ex-pupils continue to university.
'Occasionally, my colleagues lecturing in universities lament having undergraduate students walk out of their classes when they talk about evolution,' he said. 'This is almost entirely Muslims.'
However, he also believes that it is important for children to learn about religious stories and traditions in order to understand cultural backgrounds and literary traditions.
His new book, The Magic of Reality, is intended to make children enthusiastic about the wonders of science.