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Teacher Reverend Robert West Banned For Telling Pupils 'Muslims Worship The Devil'

13/05/2015 10:20 BST | Updated 15/05/2015 15:59 BST
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DAGENHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Reverend Robert West, the British National Party candidate for the parliamentary seat of Lincoln, wears a BNP rosette as he assists Nick Griffin, his party leader, in canvassing for support in Dagenham on April 10, 2010 in London, England. Mr Griffin is attempting to unseat the Labour MP Margaret Hodge in the constituency of Barking and Dagenham. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after telling his students he was allergic to Muslims, and they worshipped the devil.

Reverend Robert West, who stood for the British National Party in the General Election, taught at a girls' school in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

When a Year 12 pupil said she was allergic to horses, West replied "I'm allergic to Mohammedans".

During another lesson he said: "any non-Christian god is demonic" and "Muslims worship the devil".

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West was a British National Party candidate for Boston and Skegness during the election

According to the Express, West wrote an email to the school head, which read: "It is about time that you put the teacher back in charge ... I am not going to programme my students with utter trash about Mohammedanism - a religion whose textbook, the Koran, has been burnt for atrocities against humanity."

West told the BBC he had made the comments, but did so in order to show pupils differing opinions and the statements did not represent his views.

Following the incidents, West was banned from classrooms for life after the National College for Teaching and Leadership found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

A spokesperson for the BNP said the ruling was "disappointing".

"If you step out of line and criticise liberal multi-culturalism then you lose your job, so we don't have freedom of speech."