​Primary school bans kids from watching solar eclipse for ‘cultural and religious’ reasons

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​Primary school bans kids from watching solar eclipse for cultural and religious reasons

A primary school in West London has admitted to banning children from watching the first solar eclipse of the century because of concerns over “cultural and religious” sensitivities.

Students at North Primary School in Southall were not allowed to view the rare cosmic event outside, but were instead made to watch on TV screens in the classroom.

Ealing Council, the local authority, said each school was responsible for its own policies concerning the eclipse.

Parent Phil Belman, whose 7-year-old daughter goes to the school, accused them of giving in to “superstition.”

Belman said: “This morning I heard for religious and cultural reasons the kids were going to be banned from any part in the eclipse.”

He said he rang the school to demand an explanation from head teacher Ivor Johnstone.

“I was put through to him straight away and he confirmed it, religious and cultural reasons. I said that was totally outrageous. I asked him to elaborate and he refused,” Belman said.

“I am extremely upset about it. My child went in having spent an hour preparing and making up her pinhole camera. This is an issue about scientific matters versus religious superstition.

“I am outraged – is it going to be Darwin next? We will be like mid-America,” he added.

Johnstone said in a statement: “The school made this decision when we became aware of religious and cultural concerns associated with observing an eclipse directly.”

“Although we are sorry for any disappointment, pupils were still able to watch the eclipse on screens in classrooms. However, the overcast conditions in West London today meant they would not have been able to see it live in any case.”

North Primary School, which has no religious affiliation, has yet to elaborate on which religions or cultures deem looking at a solar eclipse to be offensive.

When RT contacted the school, a spokesperson said it had “no comment.”

Social media users in the UK expressed their bafflement at the news.

One Twitter user poked fun the announcement, while another voiced disappointment.

https://twitter.com/LemonInZurich/status/578901936797327360

The first eclipse of the 21st century was visible across the UK and northern Europe on Friday.

In the UK, the moon obscured at least 83 percent of the sun, reaching its peak at 9.35am.

The auspicious date of the rare celestial event, falling on the vernal equinox and a fortnight before a blood moon,’ has caused some religious commentators to suggest it’s a sign from God.

Pastor Mark Biltz, author of ‘Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,’ said the eclipse was a message of heavenly displeasure with Europeans for criticizing Israel.

Speaking to US news website WorldNetDaily (WND), he said: “In Jewish tradition, a total solar eclipse is a warning to the Gentiles and a sign of judgment on the nations.

“When we look at where the darkness will be, it will be in northern European countries like England and Sweden where we see the rise of Islam and anti-Israel sentiment.

“Europeans especially should take heed,” he added.

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