During the 1960s, . . . the most influential thinker was Italian communist Antonio Gramsci. He grasped that the most effective means of overturning Western Society was to subvert its culture and morality. Instead of mobilizing the working class to take over the world, the revolution would be achieved through a culture war, in which the moral beliefs of the majority would be replaced by the values of those on the margins of society. And this would be brought about by capturing all of society’s institutions—schools, universities, churches, the media, the legal profession, the police, voluntary groups—and making sure that this intellectual elite all sang from the same subversive hymn-sheet.
In Britain , Gramsci’s revolutionary aims have been accomplished to the letter — Melanie Phillips, Londonistan
How about in the U.S.?
Madrassas are schools for young Muslim boys whose learning consists of memorizing the Koran. Radical Muslims look to graduates of madrassas for recruits.
An Arab elementary school (one of several) has opened in Brooklyn . Attempts to view its curriculum have failed. Mayor Bloomberg sees no problem. “We have Russian language schools. We have many language schools. We need Arabic translators.”
Examples abound of Muslim indoctrination in schools around the country: for example, Nyssa , Oregon , schools include how to say Muslim prayers, dress up as Muslims. In Fairfax Virginia , non-Muslim students must remove their shoes in the schoolroom and be separated by sex when entering the prayer area. In the Irmo High School in Columbia , South Carolina , students are taught that the U.S. is a “Judeo-Christian-Muslim” nation according to the “beliefs of the founding fathers”; Muslim students are allowed to use the school library for prayer each day.
Seventeen universities have installed Muslim foot baths, Boston University and George Washington University among them. Nine including Stanford, Emory, and University of Virginia have prayer rooms for “Muslim students only.”
Jihadist sympathizers attend mosques. British police won’t enter a mosque if they know there is a terrorist inside. Sahim Alwan, president of the mosque in Lackawanna , New York , was the first American to attend an al Qaeda training camp. A Los Angeles police official lamented, “We’ll come back from a Kumbayah meeting with a local mosque and realize that these guys who just agreed to help us are in our terror files!”
In Waterbury a five-year project to build a large mosque is under way. Its sponsors are pleased that it will be tall enough to be seen from Route 84. A madrassa will be in it.
Some Columbia University faculty plan to travel to Iran to apologize to Ahmadinejad in the name of Columbia .
At Michigan State University , Engineering Professor Indrek Wichman e-mailed the Muslim Students Association in response to their protest as “hate speech” the Danish cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist. (He did not know his e-mail would be publicized.)
Wrote the Professor, “I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things, like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey), burnings of Christian churches [the latest in Kenya], the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called “whores” in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris, France.
“. . . . I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile ‘protests.’
If you do not like the values of the West—see the first amendment—you are free to leave. . . .” [That is also Australia ’s position.]
The Muslim students demanded he be reprimanded, the faculty be given diversity training, and the freshmen be given a seminar on hate and discrimination.
The Michigan chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, assisted. CAIR keeps a stable of lawyers to charge hatred and discrimination and bring lawsuits. The University refused the demands.
A Muslim group is suing Canada ’s leading national newsweekly because it published figures on high Muslim birthrates from journalist Mark Steyn’s book, America Alone. The Canadian Islamic Congress complained to the national human rights commission and the provincial rights commissions of Ontario and British Columbia that Stein is promoting hatred against Canada ’s 750,000 Muslims.
Radio host Michael Savage has discussed the Islamist threat on his talk show on WOR, AM 710. CAIR, to drive him off the air, has urged the CEOs of AT&T, JC Penney, AutoZone, Wal-Mart, Sears, and Universal Orlando Resort to stop sponsoring his program. CAIR has brought suit. He has countersued. Talk-show hosts on WABC have never, to our knowledge, alluded to this free-speech controversy.
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission always, and the Federal Aeronautics Administration when relevant, strongly support CAIR even in cases bordering on national security.
In the Department of Defense, according to national security reporter Bill Gertz, pro-Muslim officials oppose Stephen Coughlin, the Department’s specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremists. He met with Hasham Islam (a Muslims and a close aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England ). Islam urged Coughlin to take a softer line on Muslims, while disparaging Coughlin is a “Christian extremist with a pen.”
Coughlin found a document revealing that the Islamic Society of North America is part of the “pro-extremist” Muslim Brotherhood. Secretary England has hosted the Islamic Society, suggesting he is not aware of the nature of the Islamist threat.
Jan. 7: Stephen Coughlin has been fired. This leaves Defense in the hands of “a budding support network for Islamist extremists including front groups for the radical Muslim Brotherhood,” according to Reporter Gertz.
In Phoenix , a Muslim publisher of two radical newspapers who unapologetically supports terrorists and attacks moderate Muslims who disagree with him, had been put on the Phoenix Human Rights Commission, whose function is to promote respect among all groups. But he is venomously anti-U.S., anti-Israel, pro-Hamas. He has since been removed from the Commission. CAIR, claiming his free-speech has been denied him, demands he be put back on and be given an apology.
The gurus of Political Correctness sacrifice free speech to placate Muslim immigrants. Myopic Britain has lost the culture war. We have the benefit of Britain ’s disastrous experience. Can we learn by it?
By Natalie Sirkin