The Escalating Battle
for the Hearts and Minds of the Kids
Coming to a school near you, so please pay attention!
It is both a truism and a cliché that children are the future. Where that future will be shaped is in the classroom.
The public non-denominational school system in Canada is both the strength and the Achilles’ heel of our democratic collective. The strength can be found in schools where children are still taught that the human journey is a journey in the pursuit of knowledge through scientific enquiry and critical thinking. Each generation being responsible for taking that additional step in the direction of the elusive, ultimate truth, which, if ever discovered would mean the end of the human journey as we know it.
The empirical pursuit of knowledge about our universe and our place in it, a gift from the Greeks of antiquity rediscovered during the Renaissance and the period known as the Enlightenment, is facing a serious challenge from those who believe that this journey ended long ago and that we should now simply worship and wait for the promised reward for our uncritical acceptance of revealed truths, immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god.
Most, if not all religions would like nothing better than to transform classrooms into centers of religious indoctrination instead of education.
Provincial governments across Canada appear more and more willing to support faith-based initiatives that seek to eliminate a child’s last refuge from the incessant bombardment of the word of God: the public school system ...
Can democracy, the advancement of science, civilization itself survive too many generations raised to blindly follow instructions from humanity's alleged all-powerful capricious invisible friend.
If children are not exposed to and learn to appreciate the values inherent in a secular, democratic society free from religion’s more nefarious influence, what hope is there that our democratic, pluralistic form of government will survive the generations raised on a steady diet of God’s Words.
From: Teach Your Children Well
Playing to a Captive Audience
Organized religion is not unlike a modern corporation that wants to successfully market a product. Just like modern business leaders, from the hamburger to the sugared water peddlers, religious leaders know that the best time to get the consumer to buy into their message, their product, is to get them hooked on their brand while that consumer is still a child or an adolescent and is in an environment that will make them more receptive, indeed captive, to their advertising.
From: Teach Your Children Well
Prayers in schools is simply the most brazen and worrisome manifestation of Tarek Ramadan's exhortation to believing women to invade the public space dressed in traditional Islamic garbs as a part of a campaign to swamp the West with advertising for the religion that hates them.
A school providing taxpayer funded facilities free of charge to peddle their ware to a captive audience is a marketer's dream come true. This is much more serious than females walking around as billboards for the religion which claims exclusivity of the truth.
61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion, even though the idolaters may be averse.
Children's and teenagers' natural curiosity will draw them to what is happening in the room next door. Preachers and sermonizers, like the accomplished salesman, can be extremely persuasive in whatever venue you find them.
Parents worry about what their children will pick up on the street; they should not have to worry what they may pick up at school.
It was Tariq Ramadan's mother, Wafa al-Banna, the daughter of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, who instructed her son in the salafist theology which guides the actions of Islamic State, and which her son would see propagated worldwide, assisted by the non-threatening example of females on parade to conceal the encroachment on the secular of an intolerant brutal ideology.
From Blacks to Females to the Back
Viola Desmond made history and will now be the first woman, apart from the queen, to be prominently featured on a banknote for standing up against a bigoted policy of blacks to the back in public cinemas in Nova Scotia.
People in Toronto trampled on pages of the Koran partly in protest against females being herded to the back of whatever room they find themselves in to be lectured to by male students during school hours on school property on the revered opinions of a misogynous man and the equally demeaning observations as to their flawed character he conveyed from a deity with the same mindset.
Repeating some of what you will find in Stupid And Evil, females, whether they are menstruating or not, cannot worship in front of males for that would annul the male's prayers. For this bit of information we are indebted to the Prophet’s outspoken child bride Aisha.
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me.
They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)."
I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs.
Aisha said [to Muhammad]: "You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses."
A female also may not lead the believers in prayer or deliver the Friday khutba i.e. sermon if even one man is present, no matter his qualifications or mental acuity. An inferior cannot lecture a superior as to the ways of God. It is only logical.
In the Islamic world women's unequal status is publically affirmed every day during prayers in a mosque or in the open space around Allah's House of Prayer, the Musalla.
With activists petitioning school boards and being granted the right for children who submit to the Will of Allah to congregate for prayers on school property during school hours, children of parents who believe in the equality of the sexes can only hope that their sons and daughters, after witnessing this abasing spectacle and hearing that it is all part of God's plan as revealed in the Koran, will resist the urge to be part of the Almighty's design.
Just as in the time of Viola Desmond, governments at all levels are siding with the bigots, with discrimination based on one's sex for all to see replacing discrimination based on the colour of one's skin.
This is another giant step backwards for many, and unlike the racism during Viola's time which is largely a thing of the past, despite the accusations in 103, there is a concern that a line is being crossed by the irrational which will allow it to dominate, if not completely smother its opposite and dooming the fragile exception.
Cops in Schools! Who's To Blame?
2007 was the year men decided their interest would be better served if they sent women to man the barricades. That was the year of the Hérouxville Fourteen and the feminisation of radicalism. It was an inspired decision. The motion introduced by women in the Canadian Parliament and in the Ontario legislature condemning Islamophobia and racism in the same breath is the result. Misogyny never had more determined and effective champions, and now they are targeting the public school system.
Why police now attend my son’s Muslim prayer space at school by Shirren Ahmed, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2017
My eldest son is in Grade 11 and attends Jummah at his high school (Peel school district). On Fridays, he gets up early, showers and wears clean clothes, usually jeans and a shirt that does not require ironing. Some weeks he is the khateeb, the person who delivers the sermon (or khutbah). He loves it and I am happy he has an opportunity to practice his faith in a safe space …
I never thought these Friday rituals would become a trigger for self-proclaimed secularists and I certainly never expected that Jummah would become a reason to manipulate and terrorize children.
Alice: Rejoicing, getting pleasure from watching another of our kind who has never harmed us in any way, or wished us harm, in excruciating pain! If it wasn't for the sadism, that would be so childish!
Imam: Allah is not a sadist... Enjoying seeing wicked people getting what they deserve is not sadism, it is celebrating the triumph of good over evil and there is nothing wrong with that. And as to children, they too will not be spared the terror of Judgement Day. Allah said: 73:17 So, how will you guard, if you disbelieve, against a Day which will make children white with fear?"
Who is responsible for cops in schools?
A work-in-progress explanation tentatively titled Women as Bullies in Allah's Cause, which you should eventually find in Remembering Uzza, Uzza explains why females have gladly become the public face of extremism.
Uzza: Bernard Lewis wrote in What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East that believing women were inferior to everyone else. He is wrong. You are!
Gerry: Does that mean you would rather kill me than kiss me?
Johnny: Sorry to interrupt, but what about mothers?
Gerry: What about them?
Johnny: I'm talking to Uzza.
Uzza: For mothers, standing up for Islam and encouraging their children to do the same has more to do with demonstrating to their sons and daughters that they are not the simpletons they are made out to be in the Koran, than any pleasure they might get from bullying their inferior.
Johnny: If we no longer have a secular school system it is thanks to these determined mothers who after indoctrinating their children sent them off to school with a mission they considered so dangerous that they demanded the presence of the police to keep whom they considered despicable secularists in check.
Gerry: That, and Motion 103 which gave rise to legislation which finally got the cops out of the schools by making it a serious crime to, among other things, objecting to student preachers spreading the Word and leading students in prayer on school property during schools hours .
Bob: [who finally clues in] Are you telling me that it is mothers who teach their children that girls are stupid?
Uzza: [objecting} Yes, it is a mother's responsibility to expose her children to the entire Koran before they reach the age of seven or less. But the Koran does not say that women are stupid, only that they have difficulty remembering things and are inferior to the men.
Bob: Sounds like stupid to me.
Gerry: Bob, shut up, we are trying to have a serious discussion here. Sorry about that, Uzza, Bob can be a real jerk sometime.
Johnny: Bob has a point. The Muslim mothers I know are decent people, that they would perpetuate such a negative stereotype of their sex … I don't understand.
Uzza: That is because you have never read Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn about Judgement Day by Bernard Payeur where such incongruities are explained by the imam she meets there.
Johnny: But that book is banned for spreading lies about Islam.
Uzza: In the Islamic municipalities that ban is not enforced.
Johnny: Why not?
Uzza: It is important to know what others are saying about your religion, especially the pertinent observations you find in books like Alice Visits a Mosque. We know everything about you and you know next to nothing about us except what we would like you to believe. This willful ignorance on you part is why you are so easily taken in. You would like to believe that we are just like you, but we are not. Jesus was no Muhammad!
Johnny: [taken aback by the boldness of her response] Uzza, why are you here?
Extremism on Display at a School Board Meeting
Ontario school board’s Muslim support fuels hate, threats
The Globe and Mail, April 18, 2017
48:28 It is He Who sent forth His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may exalt it above every other religion. Allah suffices as Witness.
One of the many women who showed up in support of the Peel schools board's decision to allow male students to both preach, and demonstrate through worship females' inferiority on school property during schools hours, wore a t-shirt with a warning about what to expect if we refuse to accommodate the misogynous teachings of the religion of truth within the public school system, or everywhere for that matter.
You should be able to make out the all caps promise "RESPECT EXISTANCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE" The Arabic is assumed to make the same threat, and not contain any deliberate typos.
Glenn Lowson/The Globe and Mail
There are three overriding conditions which mandate active resistance on the part of believers, the most worrisome and intimidating for the Western World is the third prerequisite, "to remove any government that will not allow the free practice of Islam within its borders" (the other two conditions you will find in Killing Unbelievers Halal).
The Religion of Truth will not be denied. Ms. Khalid, in refusing to change a single syllable in her motion, displayed the same uncompromising self-righteous defiance demanded by Allah if His religion is to triumph over all other creeds as the young woman in the t-shirt and her fully and partially cloaked co-religionists in the background. Why police now attend my son’s Muslim prayer space at school by Shirren Ahmed, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2017
The Party Line is a Lie
When I wondered aloud if he’d consider not going to Jummah, he paused for a nanosecond before snorting at my suggestion.
“Stop going to Jummah? Seriously? Nah.”
“Mama,” he said, looking me square in the eyes, “if a guy came to our Jummah and started spewing hate and being violent, he would literally have 300 brown and black kids jump at him.”
Why police now attend my son’s Muslim prayer space at school by >Shirren Ahmed, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2017
South Asian children, brown kids, are the majority at the school in question and the most visible and vocal protestors against the attack on the secular public school system are their parents.
Ms. Ahmed's insinuation that it is white people who are most likely to be beaten up, in quoting her son, is in keeping with the "party line" which seek to obfuscate what the struggle is all about by pretending it's about race not religion.
The Cluelessness of a School Board Exposed
A Toronto-area school board is cautioning its staff and students to be vigilant after an inflammatory video was found circulating online offering a $1,000 reward for a recording of Muslim students using hate speech in Friday prayers …
In the video, Mr. Johnston claimed that hate speech in the Friday prayers would be in Arabic and would go unchecked by staff supervisors. But the Peel board countered by saying that the sermons are in English.
Reward video latest wrinkle in Peel board’s religious tensions, The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Mar. 31, 2017.
Nowhere is the cluelessness of the people making the decisions pertaining to devotions to Allah during schools hours on school property more evident than in the Peel School Board's response to Mr. Johnston's incendiary challenge, that "the sermons are in English."
Daily devotions to Allah all begin with the short relatively benign surah i.e. chapter The People:
In the Name of Allah,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
114:1 Say: “I seek refuge with the Lord of the People,
114:2 “The King of the people,
114:3 “The God of the people,
114:4 “From the evil of the slinking whisperer [Satan],
114:5 “Who whispers in the breasts of people,
114:6 “Both jinn and men.”
This recitation is followed by a selection of revelations (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god) which usually change from day to day so that in a year of so, the entire Koran will have been recited as a prayer.
The Koran is a short book riddled with incitement to violence and cruelty. An often quoted excerpt, and for good reason:
The Koran is a shorter book than the Bible (by a factor of ten); pound for pound, it no doubt features more exhortations to violence. So if you ask which book is “worse” in terms of belligerence, you might say that qualitatively the Hebrew Bible (and hence the Christian Bible) takes the trophy—thanks to that unrivalled embrace of genocide in Deuteronomy—but that quantitatively the winner is the Koran, at least in terms of the frequency of belligerent passages, if not in absolute numbers.
And if, on top of the verses espousing violence in the terrestrial world, you add verses gleefully envisioning the suffering of infidels in the afterlife, the Koran wins the quantitative competition more decisively.
Richard Wright, author of The Evolution of God, on the exhortation to violence and the celebration of cruelty in the Koran compared to the Bible.
Students, during prayers, over time, will repeat most of what many of them will have mouthed as children under the insistent tutelage of their mothers.
The Paved Road
Exposing Students to a Beating and Stoking Parents' Prejudices
Life in jail for son's murder over Koran studies
A mother who beat her seven-year-old son to death when he failed to memorise passages from the Koran has been jailed for life, for a minimum of 17 years.
The judge said she had beaten him for three months leading up to his death, adding: "The cause of the beating was your unreasonable view that he wasn't learning passages quickly enough."
BBC January 7, 2013
Sharia law does not normally condone beating children for religious reason until they have reach the age of ten. And then, it is incumbent on the father to deliver the beating for, after the age of seven a child becomes the father's responsibility to indoctrinate into the ways of the religion.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As:
The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Command your children to pray when they become seven years old, and beat them for it (prayer) when they become ten years old.
In a perverse way, by accommodating prayers in school, school boards may be promoting domestic violence and intolerance, for a student who skips the prayers may get a violent reception at home for doing so.
I can see them making excuses for skipping their mandated devotions, such as blaming the unbelievers, and avoiding a beating while re-enforcing their parents' prejudicial views of non-Muslims, confirming what they have read and warned their children about.
Teach Your Children Well Vindicated
The sponsor of the resolution accusing Canadians of racisms and Islamophobia came to Canada from Pakistan as a child and was elected to Parliament before the age of thirthy. Her success would not have been possible if Canadians are what she says they are.
The absurdity of this slanderous accusation was evident during an interview on Radio-Canada about the mosque murders in the words of University of Montreal Professor Nadia El-Mabrouk, one of many Muslims who would deny the slander.
"What really hurt me was that it was so easy to blame everyone for the massacre. When talking about other tragedies such as those committed in the name of Islam we are careful not to generalise. In this instance however, we gave the impression that all Quebécquers were responsible. That hurt me, because I have always been welcome here, so I felt I had to speak out … to say no, that Quebécquers are not racists, that they are not responsible [for the murders]."
Tunisian-born Nadia El-Mabrouk is a member the Quebec Associations of North-Africans for Secularism (my translation of Association québécoise des Nord-Africains pour la laïcité) and a contributing author to What you don't know about the course on Ethics and Religious Culture (my translation of La face cachée du cours Éthique et culture religieuse).
What you don't know... echoes a warning made eight years earlier in Teach Your Children Well about exposing non-Muslim children in public schools to the teachings of a militant uncompromising religion; that it makes radicalization more likely, not less.
At a time when the government is trying to prevent radicalization, stopping indoctrination in schools is becoming a pressing necessity (my translation).
A Lie Exposed in Real Time
Bias towards those who would rather answer to a higher law has been the norm in Canada since a 1980 Supreme Court decision made it an imperative that the preferences of those who wish to live their lives according to revealed truths i.e. immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god be accommodated everywhere.
The Supreme Court of Canada has been extremely diligent in putting into practice what the Charter later explicitly recognised as the Supremacy of the Church over the State. The acceptance of the face-covering-veil, the niqab, during the citizenship ceremony a testament to the enduring legacy of discrimination in favour of believers, not the other way around as Motion 103 would have it.
On the day that Parliament voted for a resolution which gave credence to the lie that the religious e.g. Muslims are discriminated against, events in Toronto provided real time proof of the opposite. That same afternoon, the Ontario Liberal government issued a statement in support of the Peel District School Board's decision to allow the religion that will not take no for an answer to hold religious services on school property during school hours.
It did this in spite of an animated protest the day before against an undertaking which gives Islam a beachhead where thoughtful parents expected their children to be safe from the bombardment of the word of god. This may explain why some protesters took issue with that intractable book in their insistence that the Board respect its primary mandate and to leave religion out of an ostensibly secular public school system.
Police intervened at a Toronto-area school board (Peel) meeting on Wednesday evening after members in the audience shouted anti-Muslim rhetoric, tore pages from a Koran and stepped on the religious text.
Globe and Mail, March 23, 2017
Intimidated by an unwavering persistent religion, politicians at all levels of government have and continue to surrender rights they should be defending leaving their constituents to take matters into their hands. This is not a good thing.