Monday, May 26, 2008

Hiding in plain sight II

Via Instapundit and Mark Steyn we find another version of the kind of war of ideas that I mentioned yesterday. The war of ideas isn't just being fought with the kinds of acts of propaganda, armed or otherwise, that we recognize and to some degree expect from an adversary. Perhaps more worrisome and certainly more significant are the efforts in which your adversary actually changes your culture, your laws, your sense of what is socially acceptable not by invading and imposing its will by force, but by becoming part of the mainstream as teachers and policy makers and journalists and lobbyists and activists, etc. When we have been told for decades that our culture, in fact our entire civilization, is essentially evil and believing otherwise is racist, imperialist, sexist, then how will people muster the will and wield the intellectual tools to defend it? Radical leftists like Bill Ayers have been successfully waging a campaign of delegitimization against the West in general and America in particular and against liberal democratic capitalism as a political-economic system. Radical Islamists are taking advantage of the situation created by this campaign to shape our culture and social norms to be in accordance with their ideology:

If recent reports of trends in religious observance prove to be correct, then in some 30 years the mosque will be able to claim that, religiously speaking, the UK is an Islamic nation, and therefore needs a share in any religious establishment to reflect this. The progress of conservative Islam in the UK has been amazing, and it has come at a time of prolonged decline in church attendance that seems likely to continue.

This progress has been enthusiastically assisted by this government in particular with its hard-line multi-cultural dogma and willingness to concede to virtually every demand made by Muslims. Perhaps most importantly the government has chosen to allow hard-liners to act as representing all Muslims, and more liberal Muslims have almost completely failed to produce any leadership voices to compete, leading many Britons to wonder if there are indeed many liberal Muslims at all, surely a mistake.

At all levels of national life Islam has gained state funding, protection from any criticism, and the insertion of advisors and experts in government departs national and local. A Muslim Home Office adviser, for example, was responsible for Baroness Scotland’s aborting of the legislation against honour killings, arguing that informal methods would be better. In the police we hear of girls under police protection having the addresses of their safe houses disclosed to their parents by Muslim officers who think they are doing their religious duty.
While men-only gentlemen’s clubs are now being dubbed unlawful, we hear of municipal swimming baths encouraging ‘Muslim women only’ sessions and in Dewsbury Hospitals staff waste time by turning beds to face Mecca five times a day — a Monty Pythonesque scenario of lunacy, but astonishingly true. Prisons are replete with imams who are keen to inculcate conservative Islam in any inmates who are deemed to be culturally ‘Muslim’: the Prison service in effect treats such prisoners as a cultural block to be preached to by imams at will. Would the Prison service send all those with ‘C of E’ on their papers to confirmation classes with the chaplain?! We could go on.

The point is that Islam is being institutionalised, incarnated, into national structures amazingly fast, at the same time as demography is showing very high birthrates.

Once again Wretchard from the Belmont Club is ahead of the pack and on track:

A division of labor has been established in which the Left provides the paralyzing injection on Western society leaving the jihadis a clear field within which to operate.

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