“TIZA claims to be non-sectarian, as Minnesota law requires charters to be. But “after-school Islamic learning” takes place on weekdays in the same building under MAS-MN’s auspices, according to the program for MAS-MN’s 2007 convention. At that convention, a TIZA representative at the school’s booth told me that students go directly to “Islamic studies” classes at 3:30, when TIZA’s day ends. There, they learn “Qur’anic recitation, the Sunnah of the Prophet” and other religious subjects, he said.” — from this news article
Ordinarily a taxpayer — a “mere” taxpayer — lacks standing to bring suit. But in the case of the Establishment Clause, given its great significance, such standing is likely to be found. A suit should be brought at once. By the sound of it, there is an obvious intermingling — an intermingling that appears to have been intended from the start — of the supposedly secular during the regular school day and the purely Islamic education that starts at 3:30.
But we know that in Islam that what we call “religion” in fact covers, or suffuses, every area of life. If, for example, there is in the science class mention that “all of science is in the Qur’an,” or if false claims are made for “Islamic science” (as part of continued indoctrination of Muslim children) or if there are other reasons to think that the so-called “regular school day” is suffused with Islam, then there should be no public money spent.
The Saudis and other Arabs take in billions every day. Not all of it goes to pay for foreign wage slaves, gaudy skyscrapers and private palaces and specially-outfitted 747s to take those rich Arabs to Western brothels and gambling dens and their wives on shopping tours. No, nearly a hundred billion has been spent by Saudi Arabia alone on spreading Islam. Let them pick up the tab — or not.
And stop, for god’s sake stop, importing trouble — and Muslim immigrants, as a whole, necessarily mean trouble, in all lands where the political and legal institutions, and social arrangements, are flatly contradicted by the Shari’a. Muslims are obligated to change or tear down those institutions, in order to remove all “obstacles to Islam.” It is not special or individual malice that prompts that attitude. That is their duty, a central duty. Why not come to fully and soberly understand that duty, and out of a minimal sense of self-preservation, cease to import those into our lands (America, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and every other place that has so generously admitted, under a twisted definition of “refugees”), people who do not, and cannot, wish our ways or institutions or constitutions well.
But start with that law suit, as well-funded with American money, one hopes, as will be the other side, for the other side will have all kinds of Arab money behind it.
The article also says: “But the line between religion and culture is often blurry.”
There is no line in Islam between religion and politics, or religion and culture, or religion and anything else. It is a Total Belief System. It offers Total Regulation of Life, and at no extra cost, a Complete Explanation of the Universe. And what’s more, you have to take both, and yours not to reason why. The habit of mental submission is encouraged, and every attempt at independent or individual thought discouraged and punished severely.
Psychically marginal people are looking for the solace of a Total Explanation of the Universe because, for them, life is simply too confused and unsettling. Islam offers the same — and in this respect, “reverts” to Islam who come to it out of some Spiritual Quest for Meaning are, on the whole, far more troublesome than those who are, through no fault of their own, born into Islam.
There are those who converted to Islam (what one might have done five or ten years ago is no longer possible with quite the same innocence today), but who, having made that choice, possibly based on all sorts of dreamy notions of Rumi and whirling dervishes and mysticism and the supposed “universalism” of Islam (actually a vehicle for Arab imperialism), took their time in slowly understanding what it was all about, and then, deciding that possibly it could be “reformed,” came to realize that that too was an illusory prospect, in some cases offered up by Muslim apologists, or by Muslims-on-the-make eager for foundation handouts to engage in some “reform” project. There are so many “brave new reformist Muslims” running around that one can hardly get through their guff to get to the Ali Sinas and Ibn Warraqs, who have cogently explained why this “reform” business is a forlorn hope. But it takes awhile. When one is dealing with the difficult task of admitting to oneself that a kind of spiritual choice was, in fact, wrong, or based on a misunderstanding, it is painful, and requires courage, to walk away (and of course for many, it is also dangerous, given the treatment of apostates in Islam) from one stage of a presumably reassumed Spiritual Search.
The psychically marginal have always wanted to submerge their beings in a Collective — any Collective will do, as long as they can be spared the anguish of thinking for themselves. Anything that provides a Total Explanation of the Universe, and what’s more, a Total Regulation of Life, is likely to be welcome. The psychically marginal — John Walker Lindh, David Hicks, Richard Reid all come to mind — are of course joined by the economically marginal, who seek a vehicle for the expression of their alienation from The System, whatever that system may be.
What one needs is for the development of an intelligent alarm being sounded about Islam — which can only come, it seems, once these aspects of it as a mental construct are understood. One could do worse than re-publish, and spread about, Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer.” It is a human type, and in an earlier age, in the Western world, it would not have been Islam but Fascism that would have attracted the kind of people who, today, constitute the reservoir of potential “reverters.”
That this is deliberately not understood reflects the desire of so many not to see Islam for what it is, and to perform mental gymnastics of every sort to keep on avoiding the difficult, and unpleasant truth.