Dhimmitude: Happening at a School Near You

Back in 2006 the anti-jihad blogs circulated an article on a school in St. Paul, Minnesota, which had decided to modify its art classes to satisfy prohibitions against making portraits of humans and animals in Islam. The reason for this was that about 70% of the students were “Muslim immigrants from eastern Africa.” The Executive Director of the school, one Bill Wilson, applied the liberal-bureaucratic approach to solving the problem: hire “experts” to provide rational solutions to conflicts between social entities with competing value systems. Mr. Wilson was pleased to find an apparently satisfactory solution to the problem. It turned out that the requirements of the art curriculum could be technically satisfied without transgressing Islamic law.

The escape hatch was found in the Minnesota Academic Standards for Arts K-12, published in 2003. To be precise, according to the curriculum of the St. Paul school, the goal for elementary school education was for pupils to learn to “understand the elements of visual art, including color, line, shape, form, texture, and space.” So, you see, there was never any actual requirement that students draw human faces and figures, even if this has always been considered a fundamental aspect of art in the Western tradition.The incident was an excellent demonstration of the smooth interaction (meaning: attack on one side, and absolute, immediate capitulation on the other) between the absolute, supreme dictates of Islamic law and the hairsplitting, rationalistic tools of liberal administration. Assuming these standards were not designed as a response to Muslim parents’ demands, we find that the goals of art education had already been drained of specific cultural and spiritual content, abstracted as if to create the illusion of an education which is not culture-specific. To continue with our example, art turns out to be not about the beauty of nature or the human form, or about conveying truths about man or God. It can consist, rather, of  “cutting out shapes to make into cardboard pouches,” or “taking photographs and mapping the neighborhood around the school” (Yikes!). The local Imam was even generous enough to point out that it was all right for students to draw outlines of their hands. If I were an administrator, though, I would advise teachers against assigning this activity. Teachers might get carried away and encourage the students to make the hand outlines into Thanksgiving Turkeys. And I can see our Muslim brethren having all kinds of objections to that.

Today’s educators and “experts” apply the tools of rational deconstruction to their field of choice, breaking it down into the smallest possible components, recording and speculating on every nuance and exception, and draining it of its soul. Confident in their knowledge, they become less and less tolerant of popular, traditional views the general public holds on the same subjects. When push comes to shove, their well-honed principles become tools for the enemies of our society. Never in history has a civilization been so educated, and so foolish.

But never has the time been better for capable thinkers and leaders to stand up in defense of that slighted and exploited public.

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10 Responses to Dhimmitude: Happening at a School Near You

  1. Dr.D says:

    Although I think it is usually considered a college level art course, or perhaps high school, Life Drawing, wherein the students specifically draw human models is one topic in advanced drawing that any aspiring artist looks forward to taking. You will never get to that, with this sort of cultural suppression.

    Although Life Drawing is pretty advanced, something that most elementary kids can easily handle and should be encouraged to do is cartooning. This is natural and healthy, and a part of our culture. If the muzlims don’t like it, they are most welcome to leave any time; there is no one, absolutely no one, blocking their exit. But this is OUR LAND, not theirs. They need to be told that, in no uncertain terms, NOW.

  2. Liam says:

    Stephen,

    Are you aware of the activities of the English Defence League in physically confronting Jihadist activity?

    There are mixed views about this organisation, but what is beyond doubt is that they have succeeded in mobilising large numbers of young men to oppose Islamism directly on British streets. Some 1500 young men took part in the latest event in the traditionally-minded English working-class town of Stoke-on-Trent last Saturday.

  3. stephenhopewell says:

    Dr.D, true, I don’t think high school students do life drawing (certainly no nudes!), but they do do self-portraits and the like.

    Cartooning is great, but I’d like to see better sketching skills first; I’m not to fond of the faux-Japanese cartoon images kids draw these days.

    Of course I agree with your last statement.

    Liam, this is something that is unimaginable in America right now and one way that I see more hope in Europe. I too have the natural reservations and questions about who these people are and whether they’re capable of anything worthwhile, but it almost brings tears to my eyes to see a PHYSICAL response like this.

  4. thewhitechrist says:

    Call the idolatrous bastards who they are. They are (and were) SOMALIS.

    Get these furriners outa Minnesota, as soon as you can, you betcha!

  5. Hannon says:

    Stephen,

    You have delineated one of the better examples of liberalism blindly paving the way for dhimmification. Many of these people– parents, teachers and administrators– will never wake up, even after it is too late. It is not our job to “save” them but rather to help make aware those with eyes to see. I believe the latter are the majority of citizens.

    The more this sort of thing develops in the U.S. the more it will shape the opposing response, as the English Defence League demonstrates. Could such reactions be any uglier than Islam’s advance? I don’t think so. It is the Black Death of religious cults and must be escorted back to its homeland.

  6. stephenhopewell says:

    Hannon,

    Well, when the school is 70% Muslim it’s too late to save the school for American ways. I imagine some parents DO see it.

    Do you really see any kind of EDL-like resistance developing? I’m afraid Americans are too separated from each other, physically, spiritually. It’s surprising that the crude camaraderie of drinking and football seems to be the catalyst for the EDL, but it seems to be so.

  7. Hannon says:

    Stephen

    “Opposing response” on this side of the pond could take any shape. Assuming that the current trajectory remains essentially unchanged, the main questions are “when” and how organized or disorganized it will be. If it is, by some miracle, coterminous with a transformed and reformed Fed then so much the better.

    I agree that at present we are too automatized on many levels. Where most everyone is encouraged to live hedonistically, with self-worship being the highest common denominator, the inspiration to form social bonds at higher levels will always suffer.

  8. stephenhopewell says:

    Hannon, true, and I think our movement is more likely to take forms like the Tea Party movement than an EDL-type march. But I was thinking more literally, the “white mob” doesn’t exist in the U.S; which is no doubt a blessing in many ways, but also means we are unable to physically express our resistance. (By which I don’t mean violence per se, but the natural expression of the anger and resistance of a people.) The last time we saw that may have been the construction workers beating up Vietnam War protesters in the ’60s. In a British city you could literally walk or take a short bus ride from your home to one of these marches; and as I said, the pub and football matches provide a format for the feeling to grow. That seems impossible in our automobile society, and of course sporting events are completely different too.

  9. Hannon says:

    The unique conditions you cite for the U.S. potentially can be the pathway for progress along the lines of principles, the way it should be. The importance of race or racialism may not diminish but I think these should be something implicit in a traditionalist movement rather than explicit overtures. This may be a luxury our European friends do not have, as you indicate.

    BTW have you seen these videos (5 or 6 total, 20-30 min. ea) of a Russell Kirk get-together in 2009? Dr George Nash is especially eloquent in communicating the principles we all agree on. These would be excellent to present in high school classes, complimented by the liberal equivalent. Absent such parity how can young people make liberalism a conscious choice? To the degree that its core principles have remained in hiding, conservatism has suffered. For me this is a reminder that conservatism is *reflective* while liberalism is *impulsive*.

    http://vodpod.com/watch/2514862-the-burke-revival-the-limits-of-the-market-and-the-role-of-the-state-part-5

  10. stephenhopewell says:

    Interesting thoughts, Hannon. Thanks. I will take a look at the Kirk get-togehter, too.

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