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British PM Cameron wants 'British values' taught in schools

Published on Jun 16, 2014 12:50 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Extremism is flourishing in Britain because the country has been too bashful in promoting its values, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday.

Schools should not just respect British values but actively promote them, Mr Cameron said in an article in The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

His intervention comes after concerns that conservative Muslims in Birmingham had conducted an organised campaign to impose faith-based ideology in the city's schools. Those allegations renewed fears about the risk to young people in Britain of Islamic extremism, and exposed a rift at the heart of the government about how to tackle religious radicalism.

Writing about a "muscular" new defence of "British values", Mr Cameron said he was talking about "a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law.

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