At the age of 12, having 'read' up to the middle of the 15th chapter of the Koran, I suddenly dug my heels in and decided it was totally stupid to be reading the sounds of the Arabic words with no understanding of their meaning. Despite strong family opposition, I then started to read the Koran in English. What I read, repulsed me and I realised without a shadow of doubt that there is nothing divine about the Koran; it is totally a man-made book and I accordingly, despised its pronouncements as such.
Some thirty years on, and there are mosques and madrassas sprinkled on every few streets in most towns in the North of England, for example. I see little children from the age of seven or so, the girls wearing scarfs, going there to learn the Koran, every evening after school. These children literally, have no time to think, in between school, homework and the madrassa!
As these children are growing up in such a kind of schizophrenia-inducing condition, is it not the fault of the adults occupying both halves of their world?I
In Britain, we have, for some 20 years, had the state, financially supporting Muslim schools. Even in mainstream schools, in RE lessons, no white/non-Muslim teacher have had, or has the courage to say anything approaching truthfulness about Islam and its history. This is a disastrous policy based on what? Cowardice? Conviction? The idea that those kids belong to 'their' community? Why are we so surprised when they grow up feeling that they don't belong?
So, while liberals continue to pussyfoot around, those children are being systematically indoctrinated into a binary world view of Believers and Unbelievers, Us and Them. This has led directly to the development of western nurtured Jihadists, living off the State while promulgating their message of hate.
It is a huge failure of Western educational systems and policies that a 16 year old girl leaves school and starts college wearing a veil (her mother, aunties, and even grandmother in Pakistan, do not) and when I asked her why, she answered with, with pitiful seriousness, 'Because I am so scared of burning in hell.' She had never been exposed to atheism or agnosticism or any other point of view to counterbalance the Islamic one.
Lucky me, the resources of the State did not hand me over to peddlars of fascistic teachings, for two hours of every week day. Lucky me, I was not to be influenced by the sight of teachers and policewomen/the mayor/the Queen bowing down to the mullah's authority by donning scarves when visiting mosques. Compared to the youngsters of today, I had a lot more time and a lot more freedom to think for myself. Lucky me indeed!
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