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Friday, 19 June 2009

Of pots and kettles and totalitarianism and fascism

“Liberal totalitarianism” and “cultural fascism” are set to become buzz phrases among the Deluded Herd. You just watch.

These are accusations levelled against people who want to ensure that school pupils are properly educated when it comes to matters of sexuality.

The ones bandying these phrases about want their kids to be shielded for as long as possible from the idea that there is a sexuality that isn’t heterosexuality – in spite of the fact that some of them won’t be heterosexual.

This is happening in east London at the moment, where Muslim leaders are now calling on the council in Leytonstone not to prosecute parents for withdrawing their children from the lessons.

It’s not always Muslims who are pig-headed and bigoted about sexuality, of course, but pig-headed and bigoted they certainly are, and this story happens to concern Muslims.

They say that the parents facing prosecution for keeping their kids away from school are, according to Religious Intelligence, doing so “simply to secure a decent moral upbringing for their children”.

And a “decent moral upbringing” is only about “decent moral” heterosexuality – and, if your kids happen to be gay, let them suffer in silence as teachers trash their rights to express themselves freely, while their (heterosexual) fellows are encouraged to do just that. All in the name of Allah, of course.

“Rather than filling the heads of impressionable boys and girls with fatuous drivel about gay penguins, schools should be ashamed of the fact that they are sending children out into the world barely able to read, write and add up properly,” says Iftikhar Ahmad of the London School of Islamics.

The point being made about gay penguins is that homosexuality isn’t some construct invented by gay people to justify some chosen lifestyle. There are other creatures in “God’s creation” that prefer members of their own sex. It’s a case of doing what comes naturally.

Which means, Mr bloody Ahmad, that your Allah created poofter penguins, poofter pandas, poofter porcupines and poofter people. Get used to it, or bugger off to a country where your primitive prejudices will be more welcome.

And pupils might be better able to read, write and add up if so much time in Muslim schools were not spent cramming the Koran into their heads. If the national curriculum actuall forbade that useless nonsense, there might be a lot more numerate and literate students leaving school.

The Religious Intelligence story continues:

He accused teachers of promoting tolerance, but [they] did not tolerate the parents’ views that their children were too young to be taught about gay relationships.

“This isn’t education, its cultural fascism,” said Mr Ahmad.

He added: “If the local council does decide to go through with a prosecution, it would be in line with the government’s approach to the Muslim community. Muslims who believe homosexuality is a sin would be labelled as extremists.

“Liberal totalitarianism is a growing phenomenon in Britain and the west in general but many people will be shocked that the school can override a parent’s view of what’s appropriate or inappropriate to teach their children.”

Promoting intolerance of parents’ views? Cultural fascism? The words pot, kettle and black come to mind.

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