Muslim faith schools fill children’s heads with “alien rubbish” as they continue to teach them creationism is true, atheist Richard Dawkins has said.
In the Times Educational Supplement (TES), the Oxford author said they had a “pernicious influence”.
The Muslim Council of Britain said it was unreasonable to expect schools not to teach fundamental theories of faith.
The Department for Education said creationism “should not be taught as scientific fact”.
Professor Dawkins told the TES he had concerns with all faith schools, but Muslim ones worried him the most.
The author of The God Delusion, emeritus fellow of New College and evolutionary biologist, said young people were being taught that the world was only 6,000 years old.
The effect of this was “utterly deplorable” and could affect the way young people thought right up until their university years, he said.