British officials are shocked (not “shocked! shocked!,” but really shocked) to find out that young Muslims are learning “radical teaching” in their university courses on Islam.
Here are the fruits of the official willful ignorance of Islam and jihad. Blair (and Bush, and so many others) insist that jihad violence does not stem from Islam, and has nothing to do with Islam. British (and American) officials cannot conceive — are not allowed to conceive — of the possibility that an ordinary course on Islam might not have to be subverted or infiltrated in order to teach the necessity to wage jihad in order to impose the Islamic social order over the world. If that course is not a whitewash designed to please and/or bamboozle Westerners, it is actually likely that it will teach that in one form or another.
If British officials had been aware of all that, if they had allowed themselves to be aware of it, they might not be so surprised by this. They might even have nipped it in the bud.
“Universities face review of Islam course: Ministers fear terrorism is condoned,” from the Yorkshire Post, with thanks to Bryce:
YOUNG Muslim students at some British universities are being exposed to radical teaching that explicitly condones terrorism, a senior Minister warned yesterday.
Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell ordered an urgent review of university Islamic courses after claiming there was evidence that “narrow and unhelpful” interpretations of Islam were available to “many” young people.
He admitted there was worry at the highest levels of Government about the effect such teaching could have in the wake of last year’s suicide bombings in London.
Mr Rammell’s intervention comes after a report by an academic at Brunel University published last year claimed extremist groups, including the British National Party, had been found active at 24 universities.
“…including the British National Party…” This is completely irrelevant to this story, unless the BNP is teaching jihad to university students. It seems to be in the story just to prove that the Yorkshire Post is not “Islamophobic,” and is not siding with white racists.
The study has since come under sustained criticism but yesterday Mr Rammell demanded an improvement in the way Islam is taught at higher education level.
He said: “There are weaknesses in the way young Muslims are educated about what their faith really requires.
“There is a concern that the teachings which the great majority of Muslims would want to stress about living in peace, protecting the vulnerable, avoiding harm to others, are sometimes sidelined.
Where is the Great Majority of Peaceful, Law-Abiding Muslimsâ„¢ we keep hearing so much about? Why is it evidently not only a Silent, but a Powerless Majority?
“There is reason to think that in some cases students are being exposed, more than any of us would like, to wrong-headed influences, under the name of religion.
“In particular, exposed to teachings that either explicitly condone terrorism, or foster a climate of opinion which is at least sympathetic to terrorists’ motivation.”
“I am worried about this, so are colleagues in Government, so above all are Muslims that I have spoken to.”
Of course, Rammell. What do you expect them to say to you? But why could they not or did they not prevent the Tiny Minority of Extremistsâ„¢ from taking control of these university courses?
Mr Rammell announced a review of Islamic education at universities by a leading scholar, Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, who will be asked to make sure courses are not restricted to narrow interpretations of Islam.
I hope well-informed people will be watching his work closely.