Suppose you were to approach the Minister for Education with a view to opening a school — a school which would reflect the values of your particular society, or sect if you like.
And suppose those values included teaching children that it was perfectly acceptable to hate people of other religions – particularly Jews – or no religion. Moreover, the school would promote such progressive 21st century practices as beheading people for adultery, executing homosexuals and judicially-approved amputations.
The Saudi government is currently negotiating with the Irish government with a view to opening such a school in Dublin. At present there are about 15 Saudi families living in the country – which they are perfectly entitled to – and about 40,000 Muslims in total.
Almost ironically, given the views of the vast majority of Muslims toward us filthy infidels, most Irish Muslims are of the opinion that the Saudi education system, which is closely associated with Wahabism, a strict interpretation of the Koran practised widely in Saudi Arabia, is a breeding ground for extremists.
Al-Qaeda for instance is almost exclusively drawn from the Wahabi cult, which apart from hating Jews, Christians, Hindus, women and almost anything that walks or crawls on this earth, also hate fellow Muslims.
Other than that they’re easy enough to get on with.
This is an example of what 14-year-old boys are taught in a Wahabi schools.
“The day of judgment will not arrive until Muslims fight Jews, and Muslim will kill Jews until the Jew hides behind a tree or a stone. Then the tree and the stone will say, ‘Oh Muslim, oh, servant of God, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.’ Except one type of a tree, which is a Jew tree. That will not say that.”
The outskirts of Tel Aviv incidentally are noted for their Jarisha Cactus trees. Maybe these are the trees that are staying mum. Maybe this Hebrew topiary has issues with the “servants of God” and their irredentist claims.
Then again maybe there’s an IDF squadron hiding behind the tree trunk, trying to maintain the element of surprise by keeping their mouths shut.
Despite claims by the Saudi government that the curriculum of Wahabi schools in the USA had been revised it was found that they were teaching 12th graders that “apostates (those who convert from Islam), adulterers and people who murder Muslims can be permissibly killed”
“As cited in Ibn Abbas: The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus.” – Activity: The student writes a composition on the danger of imitating the infidels.
And there you were thinking that the Christian brothers were banging on a bit about the 1916 rising and hurling.
Mr Mohammed al-Saddique, a student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, told the Irish Times that he’s all for a Saudi school in Dublin.
“It’s a very good plan and I think there will be a lot of support for this because it addresses the needs of the Saudi community, and the Arab community here in general. We believe that a child should grow up with certain values, so putting them in a school with that kind of environment is essential. Parents will feel better knowing that their child is going to a school that won’t create such a culture shock,” he said.
Mr Al-Saddique was not asked to explain how he believes said “values” can be accommodated in a liberal society and no-one is asking the Department of Education that question either. Has the Department seen a copy of the proposed curriculum or inquired as to the school’s position on educating females?
Looking at the bigger picture, we’ve spent the last three decades fighting tooth and nail to get Catholic fundamentalists out of the classroom and now we are inviting in an educational system whose views would make the views of your average Bible thumper sound like those of the liberal wing of your local swivel-eyed, transsexual, cross-dressing club.
But therein lies the paradox for all liberal democracies. Having embraced Voltaire’s maxim of “disagreeing with what you say but fighting to the death for your right to say it” as a definition of liberalism, we find that we have no other intellectual choice but to entertain a school of thought which is incompatible with the very freedoms we aspire to, a school of thought which is invited to incubate within the embrace of liberalism but whose ultimate aim is to destroy the very freedom from which it initially drew sustenance.
To give an example of how the concept of liberalism has been turned on its head, a few years ago it was announced in Holland that the Church of Satan, remember him, the horned one that wants to burn Yo’ ass in hell for eternity, was to receive government funding.
All the other churches were receiving funding so the Satanists put in a claim and received their money. Legally they were on par with all Christian, Jewish and Muslim churches.
Likewise, Islamic jihad, as promoted in Wahhabi schools, will be legally on a par with the rest of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and non-religious schools in this country, even though they are a breeding ground for hatred and extremism.
Incidentally, how long do you think you’d last before being deported if you were to arrive in the Saudi education minister’s office with a high-falutin plan to open a multi-denominational school in Jeddah?
Fintan O’Toole, the darling of the Irish left, wrote in the Irish Times in relation to Catholicism and the Papal Nuncio that “agents of foreign state should not control our schools”. In view of this statement, and given the nature of the proposed Saudi school in Dublin, why are the Irish left remaining so quiet? Does their desire for the sacred cow of multiculturalism oblige them to turn a blind eye to teaching medieval barbarism?
However, it’s an ill wind that blows no good and Wahabi could spell good news for the GAA.
The FAI and IRFU have more or less announced that they won’t be using Croke Park for the next ten years now that the Aviva is complete. That means that Jones’s Road venue will be lying idle for most of the year.
So maybe the GAA could cut a deal with Saudi and have ritual executions at the venue, to be televised live on Al-Jazeera. Homosexuals could be symbolically executed before hurling matches and Tipp and Kilkenny fans could mingle with Jihadists (hard to tell the difference really) so each might appreciate the other’s contribution to civilisation.
They could have a cultural cross exchange, a sort of twinning of Clonmel with Riyadh, where jihadists could be drinking tea and eating sandwiches out of the boot of their cars and Tipp fans could be flying Fokkers into Liberty Hall.
A few years down the line we could then drop the hurling part and cut straight to the chase, as taught in Irish based Wahabi schools.
As it happens, the Saudis don’t need to consult the Department at all, since they hardly need any funding.
The Department of Education, when asked by a newspaper, said it was not aware of plans to establish any such private schools. However, according to the Department’s spokesman, there are clear prohibitions in Irish law against incitement to hatred, hostility or violence.
Right. That’ll be easy to check up on, won’t it?