05/06/2013 12:13 BST

Edinburgh Pupils Denied Mosque Visit Over Parent's Fears Of 'Hate'


Children due to visit a mosque in Edinburgh as part of an educational visit have been pulled out of the trip by parents worried about "hate" being preached inside.

The trip to the Central Mosque in Potterrow on Tuesday was arranged to educate pupils from Newtongrange Primary about other religions and cultures.

Almost a third of pupils due to attend were pulled out, the Scotsman reported.

One parent told the paper: "I don’t agree with sending my child to a mosque to learn about a religion that isn’t my own.

"It’s the hate that is being preached in these mosques that I don’t want my child mixed up in."

Another parent took a more moderate view saying in light of recent events "the timing was wrong" and she would have let her child attend if things were "calmer".

Calls to the primary school involved were redirected to the local education authority, Midlothian Council.

A spokeswoman told The Huffington Post UK: "The children who did not visit the mosque sat in an alternative lesson on Islam and still attended school."

The council said they did not know the specific reasons parents did not want their children to attend but added: "It is the parent's final decision on whether children attend trips."

Tensions remain high across the country in the aftermath of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby manifesting in a number of highly charged protest marches by various groups.

On Wednesday a mosque in Muswell Hilll was burned to the ground, in a suspected hate attack.

On the same day the Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park was covered in graffiti for the second time in less than a week.

Photo gallery Fire destroyed an Islamic centre in Muswell Hill See Gallery