The State Police (SUPO) was involved in a dispute during the autumn in a school in Tampere concerning a controversy which arose between the teacher and the parents of children over the Islamic religious education that they were receiving.
The situation came to a head when according to Muslim representatives the teacher was not teaching their religion properly nor cared about the values of the Koran.
- The teacher had said that the child can believe what he or she wants to believe, and parents can't intervene. We also heard that the teacher had said that Muslims can eat pure pork. In addition, he had no idea that the Koran teaches to pray five times a day, explained Mustafa Kara, president of the Islamic community in Tampere.