Monday, May 21, 2007
...doesn't roll of the tongue quite as the Clash would have snarled "London Calling," but Christopher Hitchens, in an article for Vanity Fair, has a problem with multiculturalism in Merrie Olde England:
...59 percent of British Muslims would prefer to live under British law rather than Shari'a; 28 percent would choose Shari'a. But among those 55 and older, only 17 percent prefer Shari'a, whereas in the 16-to-24 age group the figure rises to 37 percent. Almost exactly the same proportions apply when the question is whether or not a Muslim who converts to another faith should be put to death …
Hmmm? Just a guess: The proportion of Shari'a proponents will likely increase as the old folks shuck this mortal coil.
...you can't be multicultural and preach murderous loathing of Jews, Britain's oldest and most successful (and most consistently anti-racist) minority. And you can't be multicultural and preach equally homicidal hatred of India, Britain's most important ally and friend after the United States. My colleague Henry Porter sat me down in his West London home and made me watch a documentary that he thought had received far too little attention when shown on Britain's Channel 4. It is entitled Undercover Mosque, and it shows film shot in quite mainstream Islamic centers in Birmingham and London (you can now find it easily on the Internet). And there it all is: foaming, bearded preachers calling for crucifixion of unbelievers, for homosexuals to be thrown off mountaintops, for disobedient and "deficient" women to be beaten into submission, and for Jewish and Indian property and life to be destroyed. "You have to bomb the Indian businesses, and as for the Jews, you kill them physically," as one sermonizer, calling himself Sheikh al-Faisal, so prettily puts it. This stuff is being inculcated in small children—who are also informed that the age of consent should be nine years old, in honor of the prophet Muhammad's youngest spouse. Again, these were not tin-roof storefront mosques but well-appointed and well-attended places of worship, often the beneficiaries of Saudi Arabian largesse. It's not just the mosques, either. In West London there is a school named for Prince Charles's friend King Fahd, with 650 pupils, funded and run by the government of Saudi Arabia. According to Colin Cook, a British convert to Islam (initially inspired by the former crooner Cat Stevens) who taught there for 19 years, teaching materials said that Jews "engage in witchcraft and sorcery and obey Satan," and incited pupils to list the defects of worthless heresies such as Judaism and Christianity.
I suppose an age of consent at nine years old and beating women into submission holds some appeal to a certain kind of man, but methinks NOW would object - unless a Democrat supported it in his campaign against a Republican. Welcome to Teddy's World!
And how's this for stupidity?
A non-Muslim child who lives in a Muslim-majority area may now find herself attending a school that requires headscarves.
Hitchens is hardly a wingnut, and while he gets credit for pointing out the obvious, he's a little short on solutions.
Welcome to the brave new world! I'm thinking a shaggy beard and few stanzas of "Peace Train" now and then is a small price to pay for domestic tranquility.
Besides, after 5 or 6 kids, most women would look better in a burqha. Or -ka, or however one spells it.
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