The incomparable Melanie Phillips writes in her blog, which is always essential reading, about “Dhimmi Britain” and what ought to be called Stockport Syndrome:
Political correctness is turning lethal. Stockport Council is now using resource packs provided by the Muslim Council of Britain to teach schoolchildren about Islam, an initiative which is to be extended across the nation. According to the Stockport Express, councillors think this will promote ‘multi-racial [sic] harmony’. Councillor John Pantall, executive member for ‘diversity strategy’, said:
‘If we can get to pupils at an early age we hope they can grow up understanding other cultures and religions and without prejudice. There is a great deal of ignorance about major faiths, resulting in dangerous and destructive myths. The use of the new materials will help develop understanding and encourage community cohesion throughout Stockport. This is part of having a forward thinking education department and prevention of a problem rather than cure.’
Defeating prejudice and encouraging community cohesion, eh? Let us remind ourselves about some of the Muslim Council of Britain’s contributions to education and cultural harmony.
*It offered condolences to the family of the leading Hamas mass murderer Abdul Aziz al Rantissi after he was killed by the Israelis, and described the founder and chief strategist of that genocidal outfit Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as ‘the renowned Islamic scholar’.
*Its Secretary-General whips up anti-Israel hatred by branding it as a Nazi state and accusing it of ‘murderous leadership’, ‘Zionist brutality’ and the ‘ethnic cleansing of Palestine’.
*It brands as an ‘Islamophobe’ anyone who even uses the term ‘Islamic violence’.
*It issued a veiled threat to former Telegraph editor Charles Moore, who wrote a robust criticism of Islam, that he might suffer the same fate as Salman Rushdie who was subjected to a death-dealing fatwa over The Satanic Verses.
*It boycotted the ceremony commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz because it claimed it was not ‘racially inclusive ‘and did not commemorate the ‘victims of the Palestinian conflict’.
*It was one of the organisers of a recent demonstration in London at which demonstators chanted: ‘Kill, kill USA’, ‘Kill, kill George Bush’, ‘Bomb, bomb New York’and ‘Your so-called democracy will fall under the sword of Allah. The day of judgment is coming.’
Yet these are the people who are, in the words of the ‘diversity’ councillor for Stockport, to be enlisted to help defeat prejudice and ignorance in our schools. What kind of country is this where elected councillors have become panders for the peddlers of hatred and murderous prejudice, and are enabling them to turn the minds of our children? Where are the public protests? Where are the letters to MPs, the stories and outraged editorials in our newspapers? Where is there the slightest indication that anyone grasps what is going on here?