The Future as a Truism and a Cliché

Raising a Holy Warrior Starts in Kindergarden

3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

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.

The Sikh don’t really care if you join their religion or not and the Jews don’t want you! Therefore, a child asking why the turban or yarmulke will probably not get an earful about the superior religion and why he or she is a loser for following a lesser god or prophet.

Muslims are expected to promote their religion at every opportunity less they go to Hell. A child’s natural curiosity is a god-send opportunity for a teacher or a day-care worker who submits to the Will of Allah to begin the recruitment process of a future Jihadist, whether that is her intent or not, by simply answering questions about her religious attire.

This is one of the dangers discussed in Teach Your Children Well and which Marois alludes to in an interview where she is quoted as saying that: “a veiled educator, for example, has authority over children and could incite them to practice her religion.”

Marois blasts multiculturalism in defence of 'values' charter.

... She said that a veiled educator, for example, has authority over children and could incite them to practice her religion.

Globe and Mail, Sept 6, 2013

Teach Your Children Well was written partly to acquaint readers with the report by the Advisory Committee on Integration and Reasonable Accommodation in the Schools (2007) and in response to the Bouchard-Taylor report on reasonable accommodations, especially accommodations in the public school system where the authors found the superior religion, which is also a way of life, getting the vast majority of exemptions to the curriculum.

From a child’s perspective this has to be a powerful and attractive religion to get that type of respect.

Teach Your Children Well makes a powerful argument for a secular school system where religion is inconspicuous, if not invisible. Ms. Marois’ Charter of Values should be supported to the extent that it seeks to shield children from from both implicit and explicit religious propaganda until they are capable of making up their own minds.

This seems to be the primary objective of the Premier of Québec and the Parti Québécois. 

That being said, what religious attire an adult serving another adult in a government office wears — as long as he or she can be recognized and is not in a position of authority e.g. police, judge — should not influence the adult being served in a religious way, and is a distraction from the real problem that needs to be addressed.

Bernard Payeur