In the Koran you will find more than a sprinkling of chilling invectives from the alleged Creator of the Universe himself; what would be considered hate speech under normal circumstances. That hate speech, replete with sadistic utterances, is read and repeated by children almost every day in Western households, schools and mosques.

It is hate speech directed at the despised unbelievers who are not deserving of a god’s compassion or mercy nor of the mercy of those who believe in Him and His Book.

Belgium: signs of radicalization in kindergarten

An internal report of a school obtained by the daily Het Laatste Nieuws highlights signs of Islamic "radicalization" in some children. What occurred in a school in Renaix, in East Flanders, prompted the school to express its concerns in an internal report.

The report documents observations made by teachers in 2016 about the behavior of a number of Muslim children. These include "death threats" to "nonbelieving" children, mimicking slicing their throat and calling them "pigs."

The children also recited verses from the Koran during recess, refused to shake hands, and some, to attend school on Fridays for religious reasons...

Le Point, August 22, 2017 (my translation)

All this divine venom directed at one group can only lead to a deepening dearth of empathy in those who are instructed by trusted adults to read and regurgitate that same loathing for the target of Allah’s pathological hatred as part of their journey to the Khatmi-Qur’an[1] and during their lifelong daily devotions.

This deficiency of empathy was evident in Sheema Khan’s account of Muslim-Canadian teens defending the murder of 186 children by armed Islamist groups who stormed their school in the Russian town of Beslan in 2004.

On Sept. 3, 2004, I had just finished speaking about the life of Mary[2] – regarded as one of the best women in history – to a group of Muslim teens. Hours before, though, news of a violent end to the Beslan hostage crisis in southern Russia had broken, in which 186 children were killed. Armed Islamist groups had stormed a local school a few days before, held teachers and students captive without food or water and wired the gym with explosives.

Rather than continue further discussions about Mary, I wanted to ask the youth about the murder of innocent civilians – especially children – in Beslan.

The males were unequivocal: The Russians got what they deserved, for their brutal war against the Chechens. It was revenge, pure and simple.

Stunned, I asked: Did Prophet Mohammed ever kill children and unarmed adults?

No, they answered.

Did he condone such acts?


Did he condemn such acts?

Yes, they answered.

I concluded: So, who will you follow? Mohammed, or the opposite?

They acknowledged the former.

I thought of this exchange following the terrorist attack in Manchester last week. Much has been written about the life of the assailant, Salman Abedi, a second-generation Libyan born and raised in Britain. His sister surmised that he had acted in revenge for the killing of Muslim children by coalition forces in the Middle East …

How the Muslim community can tackle the scourge of extremism, Sheema Khan, Special to The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Khan’s explanation as to why Islamic terrorists do what they do may be suspect but her reporting does illustrate an appalling and dangerous lack of empathy on the part of Muslim-Canadian youths for victims of terrorists including children. Equally distressing is the faith-based tribalism evident in her audience’s defense of the indefensible.

… tribalism is one of the consequence of religion. There are other sources of tribalism—nationalism and racism, for instance—but shared religious identity has global reach… it creates in-group loyalty and out-group hostility, even when members of one’s own group are acting in abhorrent ways. Muslims often rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter how badly behaved they are, simply because they happen to be Muslims.

Sam Harris in conversation with Maajid Nawaz, Islam and the Future of Tolerance, Harvard University Press, 2015

A lack of empathy, whether it be an instilled pathology or a manifestation of loyalty to one’s tribe which successive governments and our courts have encouraged by favoring religious distinctiveness over shared secular values, means we can no longer count that love of country or respect for Western values will see us through.

The threat that an absence of empathy and tribalism poses can be significantly reduced if we diminish the hate-that-binds; if we stop a god’s pathological loathing for those who believe he is a figment of a man’s imagination from corrupting innocence.

How do we do this?

We limit a child’s exposure to the Koran. We make the Book for adults only.

By having you read what children who should be enjoying Babar the Elephant and Cinderella are reading, I hope to convince you to try to do just that—for their sake, and ours.


1 The Khatmi-Qur’an is the ceremony to recognize and celebrate a child’s first reciting of the entire Koranic text, usually by the age of seven, under the not always gentle tutelage of its mother.

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

2 Mary is the only woman mentioned by name in the Koran. Allah cannot avoid saying her name in His self-serving account of the birth of her famous son who, on the day he is born, will vociferously deny his divinity.

3 The Prophet orchestrated the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed men (Appendix: Massacre of the Banu Qurayzah), and encouraged others to assassinate men and women whose only crime was questioning in song and rhyme his claim to being an intimate of the Almighty and who no longer posed any threat (Appendices: Dead Poets, Mecca Surrenders).