Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Why Muslims fail in the West

David Horowitz (ex-Communist, fully recovered, just like your Savant) has explained why the Muslim communities remain mired in self segregation and poverty while every other immigrant community manages to pull itself up by it's bootstraps and succeed.

He discusses a host of difficulties teachers encounter in dealing with specific subjects in the classroom. Most Muslim kids refuse to participate in sports or swimming, the girls out of modesty, the boys because they do not want to swim in "girls' water" or "non-Muslim water."

When it comes to literature, French philosophers such as Voltaire and Rousseau are very often boycotted because of their supposed Islamophobia. Molière, the father of French satiric comedy, is among the writers most often boycotted. As for history, Muslim students object to its Judeo-Christian bias and blatant falsehood. They loudly protest the Crusades, and commonly deny the Holocaust.

Under the circumstances, many teachers censor their own material (where have we heard that before?) often skipping entire topics, like the history of Israel or of Christianity. He cites one teacher who keeps a Koran on his desk for reference whenever a thorny issue arises and Muslim students who refuse to use the plus sign in mathematics because it looks like a cross. Field trips, especially to churches, cathedrals, and monasteries, are boycotted.

Which corresponds very well to the British experience that Muslims do very badly in education.

It is not due to racism (Hindu's and Sikhs after all do very well, better than natives) of the teachers, so the problem must be the culture of the students. A culture that puts being a good Muslim above getting a good education, a good education being the best way out of poverty and into becoming a successful member of society.

Horowitz shows how Muslims perceive a large gap between the French and themselves. Even though most of the Muslim kids are actually French citizens, they see themselves as Muslims first, and more and more of them hail Osama bin Laden as their hero. In their eyes, he represents a victorious Islam triumphing over the West.

So then being a good Muslim requires that they not integrate and become a successful member of native society but must remain true to being loyal to the 'Nation of Islam' rather than the nation that they live in.

Now can anyone give me one good reason why exactly the same thing won't happen in Ireland? In fact it's more likely, because here we have institutionalised the monstrosity of 'faith schools', where superstitious mumbo-jumbo is passed off as fact, unleavened by the attendance of victims from another faith.

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