A government document produced by Education Scotland details how authorities now consider anything that goes against the official narrative on Covid-19 as an extremist view that endangers children and risks radicalising them.
The document entitled ‘How extremists are using Covid-19 to promote disinformation, misinformation, and conspiracy theories’ claims that it is aimed at senior leaders, teachers and safeguarding leads, and aims to provide a summary of the ways in which extremists have responded to Covid-19, highlighting the additional radicalisation risks for children.
Education Scotland describe how young people may have been exposed to disinformation, misinformation and conspiracy theories, which they label as “fake news”. The document states that the people spreading what authorities have deemed to be conspiracy theories, as extremists who are seeking to exploit Covid-19 in order to spread hateful narratives and increase mistrust and division.
But what sort of theories have Education Scotland classed as extremist?
- Anti-Semitic conspiracies blaming the Jewish community for spreading the virus or suggesting that COVID-19 is a ‘Jewish plot’;
- Claims that British Muslims have flouted social distancing rules and spread COVID-19;
- Narratives promoting Anti-Chinese hatred;
- Daesh-inspired narratives claiming that the pandemic is divine punishment for the West’s ‘sinful’ behaviours and using this to promote the need for a Caliphate in the West;
- Extreme right-wing conspiracies claiming that society is collapsing and the right-wing terrorism can accelerate its end through inciting social conflict violence and ultimately a race war;
Sounds pretty reasonable so far doesn’t it?