The battle goes to the passionate, is so often the case. Culture wars are no exception, and a handful of stories from the past week — involving the Islamization of the West — illustrate this point well.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history,” George Orwell once noted. This brings us to the United Kingdom, where a Monday Express headline reads, “Schools teach Islamic history… but ignore 1066 and all that.” The issue is the new national curriculum, through which “teachers are being told pupils need not study British kings and queens, but must learn about early Islamic civilisation, Mayan culture or of Benin in west Africa,” the paper explains. It reports that the curriculum makes the “teaching of landmark events and personalities in British history ‘non-statutory.’” The Magna Carta, the reign of Elizabeth I, the Battle of Waterloo, the Napoleonic wars, Trafalgar, heroes such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, and even the two world wars aren’t required to be taught by the government schools.
So while a 2009 poll shows that British teens’ knowledge of WWII is already woefully lacking, this problem will now only worsen. Moreover, given that Islam is taught in a politically correct manner, children will be unlikely to learn that the Middle East and North Africa were mostly Christian until conquered by Muslim hordes or that the Crusades were a response to just such Islamic expansionism.
This has its effect. After all, if you don’t consider your culture and history something special, why preserve it? In fact, upon being instilled with the usual politically correct notion that Western civilization is a misbegotten force and non-Western cultures are enlightened, a youth may gravitate toward the latter. This brings us to our next story.