Posted by: Singh Is King | Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What a shame? Out of Greed Sikh Father wants his girl to convert for a place at Catholic school

ImageBaljit singh a Sikh is not only converting his daughter to catholism just to get the admission at a Catholic School but also distorting the Sikh history by making the wrong statements about Sikh religion.

The parents of a Sikh girl want to convert her to Roman Catholicism to win a place at the school of their choice.

Baljit and Bal Singh say they will change their four-year-old daughter’s religion if it means she can attend their favored school next month.

Maya Kaur has been attending a nursery at St Paul ‘s Roman Catholic School in Wolviston, Cleveland, for the past two years.

But her parents have been told there is no place available for her when she starts full-time education in a few weeks.
Bal Singh and daughter Maya Kaur


After losing an appeal, the couple says they are seriously considering changing her religion in the hope she may be allowed into the school, which gives priority to Catholic children.

Mr. Singh said: “We think Sikhism is similar to Roman Catholicism so we put her in that school. She’s been there for two years, she goes to church with them, she says a prayer before she eats her dinner.

“I’ll baptize her as Roman Catholic so she can go to the school.”

St Paul ‘s admissions policy gives priority to children who have been baptized Roman Catholic, have been formally received into the Catholic Church and live in the catchment area, or who have a sibling at the school. Priority then goes to other Christian denominations before children of other faiths.

The Singh’s’ extraordinary proposal is likely to be frowned upon within the Sikh religion, which takes some of its identity from ancestors who were persecuted and martyred for refusing to convert to other faiths.

Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth of the founding gurus of Sikhism who was beheaded in 1675 by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for refusing to convert to Islam.

The Singh’s insisted that they were doing nothing wrong in trying to get the best for their daughter.

“Two years ago when they took her into the nursery why didn’t they say she wouldn’t get a place straight away in the primary school?” said Mr. Singh.

“I would have got her baptized then – or I’d have put her in another school.”

Maya has been offered a place at William Cassidi School , a nearby Church of England school. But her parents claim she is upset and wants to remain with her friends.

Catherine Connelly, head at St Paul ‘s, said the school had received 34 applications this year, compared to the norm of 24. The class size had also been expanded to the legal limit of 30.

“We are proud of our school’s inclusive nature and we have children of several different faiths and ethnic groups,” she said.

“We allocated the places according to our published admissions criteria which all parents had access to.”

One of the reporter of World Sikh News was talking to a Sikh CEO in Fremont, California who just sold his company for $400 million to a German Company said he went to a small school in a Village near Ropar, Punjab and just look at Indian Prime Minister DR. Manmohan Singh who also went to a small school in a Village, if the student is smart he or she will excel in any school, to covert the religion just to get admission in a School is absurd.



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