December 7, 2006
Moderate Moslems Found!
It seems that several naughty boys at a Melbourne Islamic school got a little out of control with the Holy Bible:
The Bible desecration took place last week at a school camp held near Bacchus Marsh, about 50km west of Melbourne, attended by 33 teenage Muslim boys ranging in age from Year7 to Year 10.
A school report of the incident, obtained by The Australian, says it happened late at night and involved three students and another two watching.
"The main perpetrator (a Year 7 student) urinated on the Holy Bible, tore some pages from the Holy Book and burnt them then finally spat on the Holy Book," the report says.
The second boy, from Year 9, "tore pages from the Holy Book and burnt them", while a third student, from Year 7, "tore pages from the Holy Bible and then he rolled it up like a cigarette and pretended to smoke it".
So far, it seems like something straight out of Mark Steyn's newest book, America Alone. But here's the kicker:
Mr Doutie, whose school receives about $3.9 million in state and federal government funding each year, told The Australian yesterday that both he and the school community were appalled by the Bible desecration and that he had expelled the first two boys and suspended the third.
In a letter to all staff on Monday, Mr Doutie wrote: "The school unconditionally apologises for this horrible act as conducted by some illiterate and ignorant students while under the care of EPIC [East Preston Islamic College] teachers.
"We regard the desecration of the Bible in a very serious light and therefore we have taken serious action against the offenders.
"The Bible is an important book both for non-Muslims and Muslims and should be treated as a holy book by all religions."
In fact, Doutie went even farther than simply punishing these particular boys:
Mr Doutie said he did not believe that the boys realised the significance of their act.
But to ensure it did not happen again he had called in the assistant imam of the Newport Mosque, Oman Haouli, to tell the students that the Bible was a sacred book. "My lesson to them was to respect their neighbours and respect all religions," Mr Haouli said yesterday.
I say we give three big cheers for Moslems policing their own. Little kids will act out; they could even be doing the sorts of things they hear their friends (or parents) talking about. But one school, at least, let them and the other 648 students know that such behavior is not acceptable in a civilized society.
There are many others out there like the teachers and administrators of EPIC. Among the many possible reasons why we don't hear about them could be that our wonderfully unbiased drive-by media, which is just interested in the facts, ma'am, doesn't see how such incidents fit "the Story" that they want to tell.
The news would rather tell stories like this one, from the same article:
Many Muslims remain angry about the public humiliation suffered by their spiritual leader, the mufti Taj Din al-Hilali, after the Sheik likened female rape victims to pieces of meat who brought the attacks on themselves.
I do not believe that the elite media is trying to make Moslems look bad; rather, I think they're trying to inflame Moslem communities -- because the elites see Moslems as "the oppressed," and the West as the oppressors... and they want the ummah to rise up against Western Christian oppression for the same reason the same news editors and publisher, when they were young college men, championed the cause of the Viet Cong, the Communists in Chile, and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.
Always keep in mind the possibility -- when you read others say or imply that all Moslems are either radicalized or at least support those who are -- that we do not know whether, by reading newspapers and watching TV, we're really getting a representative sample set of all Moslems.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, December 7, 2006, at the time of 5:25 AM
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The following hissed in response by: TheBeardedDragon
The sad part is when the decision is challenged by the parents; Therefore, resulting in the school board (whatever its structure in Australia) and the court system overruling the school's decision and returning the boys to class, thus undermining the effort to stop the behavior.
The following hissed in response by: Big D
How is it that the liberal left is terrified of fundamentalist Christians? Fundi. Christians seem fairly innocuous to me, and have certainly bought into Americanism, and are by and large to the left of most mainstream Muslims.
Multiculturalism trumps free speech, equal rights, and basic logic. For heaven's sake, lefties like Castro, Mao, and supported Stalin.
I guess it makes a sort of sense. Liberalism is, in essence, a purely emotional with dark, dictatorial impulses.
The following hissed in response by: Terrye
Hey, in this country nothing would happen to those kids. In fact they could call it an art project.
I think the MSM likes to get certaing folks riled up so that they will go out and have a riot. Riots are good press.
The above hissed in response by: Terrye at December 7, 2006 2:17 PM
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