The battle goes to the passionate, is so often the case. Culture wars are no exception, and a handful of stories from the past week — involving the Islamization of the West — illustrate this point well.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history,” George Orwell once noted. This brings us to the United Kingdom, where a Monday Express headline reads, “Schools teach Islamic history… but ignore 1066 and all that.” The issue is the new national curriculum, through which “teachers are being told pupils need not study British kings and queens, but must learn about early Islamic civilisation, Mayan culture or of Benin in west Africa,” the paper explains. It reports that the curriculum makes the “teaching of landmark events and personalities in British history ‘non-statutory.’” The Magna Carta, the reign of Elizabeth I, the Battle of Waterloo, the Napoleonic wars, Trafalgar, heroes such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, and even the two world wars aren’t required to be taught by the government schools.
So while a 2009 poll shows that British teens’ knowledge of WWII is already woefully lacking, this problem will now only worsen. Moreover, given that Islam is taught in a politically correct manner, children will be unlikely to learn that the Middle East and North Africa were mostly Christian until conquered by Muslim hordes or that the Crusades were a response to just such Islamic expansionism.
In the same vein, some German politicians are complaining that pork — the nation’s most popular meat — is disappearing from some canteens, schools, and cafes in order to avoid offending Muslims. Of course, what’s offensive (as opposed to what’s wrong) is wholly subjective; most everything offends someone and most everyone is offended by something. So it can’t be a reliable guide for law and social codes, which should be based on the objective.
Moving north to Sweden, formerly one of the most crime-free nations on Earth, the police chief of Östersund has warned that women shouldn’t venture out at night alone due to the threat of (Muslim migrant) crime. Of course, that women shouldn’t travel without a male escort is Sharia teaching again.
The shocking CBN News report “Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World” tells us that in today’s Sweden, “assimilation” is a dirty word. Yet Britain reflects this mentality as well. The Daily Mail reported just over a week ago that the U.K. has approximately 85 “Sharia courts,” run by clerics who support amputation for theft, marital rape, wife-beating, and child marriage. As to the last, Ishaq Akintola, a professor of Islamic Eschatology and director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), said in a Sunday interview that “Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this.”
Yet the much trumpeted Western tolerance enabling the above is conspicuously absent when the matter is patriotic Westerners. Aside from all the hapless citizens persecuted for anti-Muslim “hate speech” — such as a U.K. political leader being arrested for publicly quoting Winston Churchill — is the recent story about British schoolboy Joe Taylor. After going online to research immigration following a classroom discussion on the subject, he was hauled from school and interrogated by police. His “crime”? He logged on to the page for the United Kingdom Independence Party, which favors leaving the EU and reducing immigration. He had raised red flags, as his teachers put it, by visiting "politically incorrect websites.”
Of course, critics view publication of the above as fear-mongering; they’ll say there’s nothing to see here, move along. Yet cultural change isn’t revolutionary, but evolutionary. And is a general pattern not evident? It reflects what Dr. Mudar Zahran — a Muslim refugee living in Europe who warns against accepting Muslim migrants — calls “the soft Islamic conquest of the West.”
And this pattern will likely continue because, again, battles go to the passionate. As the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens put it last year, “Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent,” because “it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure.” They’re also largely bereft of faith and awash in relativism — but face people most absolutist. To wit: Islamic Professor Akintola also stated, quite unabashedly, “Islam is a complete way of life. As a religion, non-Muslims will have to take Muslims as they are, not as they want them to be.” Does this sound like a recipe for integration?