Europe’s Islamist Future Is Now

Alex Alexiev, vice president for research at the Center for Security Policy in Washington D.C.;

The resounding rejection of the EU constitutional project in France and the Netherlands has triggered much frenzied hand-wringing and anxious bickering about the future of Europe, though it appears to tell us more about the pervasive angst of the continent’s elites than about its future. Completely unnoticed in this noisy brouhaha there appeared in France a short survey that tells us more about what Europe’s future will look like than the collective wisdom of its chattering classes. Innocuously entitled “Signs and Manifestations of Religious Affiliation in the Educational Establishments” and headed by the inspector general of French education Jean- Pierre Obin, the study was actually finished last year but remained unpublished until leaked on the Internet a few weeks ago.

It is easy to understand why the French government was unwilling to publish it, for the survey is a devastating indictment and an anxious wake-up call at the same time. The result of extensive research and five months of field interviews in numerous schools in 20 French provinces by a distinguished group of educators, the Obin report documents the extensive Islamization of French schools in the vicinity of Muslim ghettoes and the imposition of strict conformity with Islamist dictates through violence and intimidation. Having by and large completed their takeover of the Muslim ghettoes, often by “targeted violence” against non- Muslims and moderate Muslims alike, and turned them into “anti-societies,” the Islamist fanatics are making great progress towards achieving control of the educational system as well.

As usual, girls are the first victims of religious extremism. The “big brothers,” as the Islamists are known in school, enforce a strict Islamic dress code which prohibits make-up, dresses and skirts, forbids any co-educational activities and makes going to the cinema, the swimming pool or the gym all but impossible for Muslim girls. The punishment for refusal to conform is often physical violence and beatings. And this, says the report, is a relatively protected environment compared to “what girls experience outside of school.” Such as forced marriages at 14 or 15, for instance.

No less disturbing is the picture Obin paints of the spread of the kind of religious obscurantism that one associates with Wahhabi zealots, but would find difficult to envisage in a public school in the heart of Western Europe. Thus, Muslim students often refuse to study Voltaire or read Madame Bovary, acknowledge even the existence of other religions, or sing, dance, draw faces or right angles because they resemble the cross. English, on the other hand, is hated as the “language of imperialism”.

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  1. mike k says:

    What a screwed up culture; I hope that it is not pervasive and it is just a few bad apples. Hopefully these European nations can crack down on this. It is bad enough that this stuff exists in the Middle East, there is no reason to let the scum that do these types of things invade the west.

  2. Ol' BC says:

    I read earlier where in a generation or two there could be a Muslim majority in Fwance. I’m a little ambivalent on this topic as it would serve the Fwenchies right, but would undoubtedly create a whole new set of problems. We’re beginning to see it. They’re reproducing like rabbits to achieve large numbers in Fwance.

  3. davod says:

    Read Eurabia (The euro-Arab Axis) by Bat Ye’or. The European elites, especially the French, allowed this to happen on purpose.

  4. M. Murcek says:

    It’s becoming fashionable in all the predictable quarters:

    Nuff said…

  5. dutchmarbel says:

    The reasons the French said Non were quite different from the variety of motives the Dutch population had to vote Nee.

    To use an obscure French study to first extrapolate the French leadmotive and next extrapolate the big European leadmotive seems… err…. less motivated by a search for truth than by a search for acknowledgent of preconceptions.

  6. reliapundit says:

    There’s a simple way to correct this problem:

    “No immigration without ASSIMILATION.”

    What ethnic groups want to do on their own time, their own buck (or franc or kroner – oh EXcuuuuse me: Euro!) it THEIR business, but the public square and the public/taxpayer dollar/euro should NOT support islamicization.

    And ethnic folks who are NOT yet citizens, and who refuse to assimilate should be DEPORTED.

    YUP: deported. By the THOSUAND if necessary, and at public expense; (it’ds bre cheaper than keeping them on the dole for France and Scandinavia!).

    I’d start with the ones in prison (70% of the prison population in France is Islamic!).

    To some this might sound draconian, but deportation is merely sending someone back HOME.

    Back to their “Home Sweet Home.”

    And then we must make them stay out!

  7. davod,

    sorry, but Bat Ye’or is speaking nonsense. It is very difficult to resist immigration pressure effectively without killing the would-be immigrants in large numbers. Thousand die each year trying to cros the Mediterranian Sea.

    Allowing no immigration from Islamic coutries at all would lead to much worse. Also, don’t forget that Bush recently called the Minutemen ‘vigilantes’, so he doesn’t behave all that differently towards the immigration issue than his
    European colleagues do.

    Bat Ye’or simply took those things that would fit her thesis, and put them into a certain context, that doesn’t mean that it is factually true.