We have ways of making you think, by Jane Kelly.
The two most extreme ideologies of the present day are radical Islam and feminism, now at its loudest in the #MeToo movement. Both are based on moralism rather than morality and see women as defenceless victims needing to be covered up and constantly chaperoned. …
When I later attended a schools debating contest, the teenagers, debating in British Parliamentary style sans the booing, were wrestling with the motion: ‘This House believes that countries have a sovereign right to close their borders.’
The most persuasive speakers were two Muslim girls. They wanted open borders as a moral imperative and supported the benefits of migration by citing, ‘advances made by Muslim medicine,’ and the glories of ‘Islamic civilisation.’ No one on the other side asked when those advances had come to such an unequivocal end. A long time before the discovery of Radium or Penicillin.
I wondered what kind of history these teenagers were imbibing at their very respectable English schools. I looked on line at recent GCSE courses and found, ‘Medieval superstition and Muslim knowledge.’
Medieval in this context means the West, apparently hopelessly stuck with daft ideas, whilst in the east they had discovered Science. …
In the ancient debating chamber, I was seeing and hearing a whole new culture where the ablest speakers wore Niqabs and our major historical advances were Islamic. …
The impulse is now to separate men and women as if they are automatically dangerous to each other. Several times during the debate these puritanical moves were compared to Victorian times. It wasn’t said but quite obviously they resemble Islam.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 recently, Amberin Zaman, Turkey correspondent at the Economist, spoke about how her life changed with the increased Islamisation of her once secular country. Women who’d always worn western dress and moved about freely are now covering their heads and going about with chaperones.
‘It happened in the blink of an eye,’ she said.
hat-tip Stephen Neil