Monday, 02 April 2007

NEVER AGAIN? (yeah, right)

Ken Berwitz

"Never Again" is an inspiring slogan that is supposed to assure Jews there will be no repeat of the holocaust.

Me, I'm much more impressed with George Santayana's warning that "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".  Which brings me to this vastly disheartening article in today's London Times:-

April 2, 2007

Schools drop Holocaust lessons to avoid offence

Teachers are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to cause offence to children from certain races or religions, a report claims.

A lack of factual knowledge among some teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to shallow lessons on emotive and difficult subjects, according to the study by the Historical Association.

The report, produced with funding from the Department for Education, said that where teachers and staff avoided emotive and controversial history, their motives were generally well intentioned.

Staff may wish to avoid causing offence or appearing insensitive to individuals or groups in their classes. In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship, it concluded.

However, it was concerned that this could lead to divisions within school, and that it might also put pupils off history.-

Let's get something straight:  If we don't want to be offensive or insensitive there is no way to teach almost ANY history.  The world is not a Disney movie.  But the reality of history is no reason to intentionally turn children into ignoramuses (nor is anything else a good reason to do so).

And if teachers are too ignorant to teach history as it is (i.e. "a lack of factual knowledge..."), they have no business BEING teachers, nor do the people who hired them have any business being in charge of the hiring process.

Political correctness to a certain degree is at least somewhat laughable and often harmless.  To a further degree it is neither.  To the degree described in this article, it is insane.

School-wise, Arleen and I are in a "notch" period.  Our children are grown and our grandchild is years and years from the time he would learn history in school.  So I admit I do not have any firsthand knowledge of how the holocaust, the crusades or other major components of history are taught anymore.  In honesty, I don't think I ever did.  I've always sort of assumed that teaching children about these events couldn't be an issue, not in this day and age.  After reading the above article, however, I think I will make a point of finding out for sure.

It is entirely possible that insanity of this kind is not being inflicted upon the children in our township.  But I have to admit I don't know that as a fact, and now I want assurances.  I promise to blog about what I find out.


ANOTHER TASTE OF THE FUTURE

Ken Berwitz

Here is another installment in what the future will be like if we do not fight successfully against radical Islam. 

You're on the internet, right?  Well, here is an idea of your internet usage if that were to happen, courtesy of www.islamqa.com -- an invaluable site for learning what culture will replace the one you now enjoy/are complaining about (depends on who is reading this).  See if you think it's better:

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Opening an internet caf in which there is no supervision of users
  Question No 34672
  Question:
What is the ruling on working or investing in internet cafes, knowing that some of the visitors to these places go to websites that are forbidden according to shareeah and all that I can do is to hang up a sign in front of each internet user reminding them that these sites are haraam, and where each user is in a separate booth to guard his privacy, and I cannot watch all of them all the time? Will I be guilty of sin or is the user himself the only one who will be responsible for his bad actions?.

Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.  

It is not permissible to work or invest in internet cafes unless they are free of evils, which includes not allowing the visitors to go to haraam websites, by denying them access to such sites, or by throwing them out if they insist on using them. That is because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment

[al-Maa'idah 5:2] 

Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dawood (David) and Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allaah and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds.

They used not to forbid one another from Al-Munkar (wrong, evildoing, sins, polytheism, disbelief) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do

[al-Maa'idah 5:78, 79] 

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Whoever calls others to right guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest, and whoever calls others to misguidance will have a burden of sin like that of those who follow him without that detracting from their sins in the slightest. Narrated by Muslim, 2674. 

And he said: Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand (by taking action); if he cannot then with his tongue (by speaking out); and if he cannot then with his heart (by hating it and feeling that it is wrong), but this is the weakest of faith. Narrated by Muslim, 49. 

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Denouncing in one's heart is obligatory upon everyone, which means hating and despising the evil and separating from those who do it if one is unable to change it with ones hand or tongue, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

And when you (Muhammad) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Quraan) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaytaan (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers)

[al-Anaam 6:68]. 

From al-Durar al-Saniyyah fil-Ajwibah al-Najdiyyah, 16/142. 

If it is not possible to control this caf and prevent evil from taking place therein, then it is not permissible to open such a place, so as to avoid falling into sin. 

If you give up this work seeking to draw closer to Allaah and to keep away from dubious matters, then receive the glad tidings of the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Whoever gives up something for the sake of Allaah, He will compensate him with something better than that. 

We ask Allaah to give you strength and to bless you, and to compensate you with something better. 

And Allaah knows best.

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This what will replace western civilization if we allow it to.  And it will be the law YOU will live under.

I can't help but wonder how many Muslims in western countries fear this even more than non Muslims.  It seems to me that non-radical Muslims probably appreciate the freedoms of western civilization in a way that non-Muslims could not, because this is what they have escaped -- much as a holocaust survivor must have appreciated the ability to simply exist as a Jew after escaping naziism.

Keep in mind, please, that while I can't say I understand shari'a law and I certainly can't say I would ever want to live under it, I don't begrudge people their religious beliefs.  If there are Muslims who want to practice shari'a law (subject to the laws of countries they live in, of course) they should be free to do so.  That's their business not mine.

But when the idea is for it to BECOME the law of the country and the world, it IS my business.  Because that means I have to live this way too.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  If we fight against radical Islam our civilization may or may not survive.  If we don't fight against radical Islam it most assuredly will not.  Because, either way, they will continue fighting.  And if they win, our culture and our civilization is over, to be replaced by the mindset you just read about.

We play political games with the war against terrorism at our own peril.


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