Friday Ephemera
Wonderland Revisited


Apologies for the tardy post. I had been planning to comment on reports that several schools have avoided teaching about the Holocaust and the Crusades on grounds that some Muslim pupils would be “offended” because “balanced treatment of the topic would have directly challenged what was taught in some local mosques.” Thankfully, the Department of Education and Skills report, titled Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, is dealt with over at the Daily Ablution.

I will, however, highlight news that material on the Holocaust has in one case been omitted “for fear of confronting anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils.” And I’ll leave readers to ponder how that less-than-heroic stance relates to broader efforts by the UN Human Rights Council to silence “defamation of religion” – or, more accurately, to silence statements of fact regarding one religion in particular. The HRC has passed a resolution expressing “deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations.”

Oddly, this “deep concern” is not directed at the numerous clerics, institutions and freelance jihadists who pointedly use Muhammad’s own example as their mandate for terrorism, violence and human rights violations, but at those who have the temerity to oppose such things and who highlight their obvious origins in Islamic history and theology. Robert Spencer has more here and here, and Norman Geras makes a rather important observation here. Note the HRC's opportunist conflation of ideology and race, and the assertion of a fictitious right not to be viewed dimly for one's beliefs, regardless of what they entail. Including, presumably, the aforementioned terrorism, violence and human rights violations. It’s heartening to know that the HRC’s solution to Islamist atrocity and thuggery is to turn on those who think there ought to be less of it. And all in the name of sensitivity, no less. Welcome to Wonderland.

Update: More here and here.