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On last night’s edition of BBC Question Time (a long-running British political discussion show), the panel was asked to discuss counter-radicalisation efforts in British schools. This then prompted a young woman in the audience to describe the policies already in effect at her college.
At her place of study, the girl reported, library computers automatically turn off when a student clicks on a website including the words ‘ISIS’, ‘Jihad’, ‘Islamism’ and similar terms. She added that this is also the case when the website in question is unaffiliated with Islam, such as the Daily Telegraph, Guardian and, presumably, this blog.
The host of the programme David Dimbleby reacted by calling the measure ‘extraordinary’… To that I would add the terms ‘counterproductive’ and ‘illogical’.
The very last thing we need is for a generation of British students to spend their (psychologically) formative years in the shade of political ignorance. Since it is fair to guess that the fallout from Islamisation will be the chief concern to these youngsters in the future, it is surely preferable that they be forewarned from as early an age as possible.
Indeed, ignorance of Islam, as well as being a failure of duty on the part of British educators, will also risk creating more Islam.
As Muslims increase as a percentage of Britain’s youth population, non-Muslim students will increasingly find themselves (especially in inner-city areas) in shared learning environments with believers. If the non-believers in this situation are never taught the downsides of Islam, the institutions will quickly lose their diversity entirely and become simply Muslim. After all, how can young White and non-Muslim BME kids be expected to resist aggressive conversion if even our roughest criminals in prison cannot?
That isn’t a risk worth taking in my opinion. Children should be given as much information about Jihadism as they are given about HIV and Gonorrhoea.
As to counter-radicalisation in general, I don’t believe any effort by government will be successful. Since the ministers charged with overseeing a multi-cultural society will never speak frankly about the deficiencies of one particular part of it, no measure getting to the root of the issue will ever be attempted.
Islamist terrorism is not the result of a misunderstanding of Islam, but of an unusually profound understanding of it. How can this be legislated against without legislating against Islam itself?