May 16, 2005

As to a plank

An amazing article by Theodore Dalrymple (via Gene Expression), which among other things, sheds some light on the growth of extreme Islam in Europe:

The vicar’s understanding of the tragic world of Muslim girls living in British slums, caught between two cultures and belonging fully to neither, possessing little power to determine their own fates, seems to me to be equally accurate. Indeed, he explores this world with considerable subtlety as well as sympathy.

The girls are vastly superior, morally and intellectually, to their white counterparts. Their problem is precisely the opposite of that of the white youths: far from nihilism, it is the belief in a code of ethics and conduct so rigid that it makes no allowances for the fact that the girls have grown up and must live in a country with a very different culture from that of the country in which their parents grew up. In the eyes of their parents, the girls are easily infected with, or corrupted by, the dream of personal freedom, and since the only result of such personal freedom that the parents see around them is the utter disintegration of the white working class into fecklessness and slovenly criminality, where every child is a bastard and families are kaleidoscopic in their swiftly changing composition, they become even more rigidly conservative than they might otherwise have been. They cling to what they know, as to a plank in a storm at sea.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at May 16, 2005 10:30 AM | TrackBacks
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This is heartbreaking.
Personally, i think emancipation of women is the best point to initiate the process of modernizing Islam. But i can hardly fault the poor parents for trying to protect girl-children from ghetto-culture.

Posted by: jinnderella at May 18, 2005 07:46 PM Permalink

Thanks for the link to that fine magazine. Very well written article. It also highlights what happens when we erase divisions between people, ie. groups then lose their victim status, which doesn't bother me but clearly does others. The desire to even the playing field so that no one is starting from a disadvantage becomes difficult to justify. And one must, for example, grant that men are actually capable of feeling terrific compassion for a woman - what feminists have rightly been begging men for for centuries. It's just so funny that once we finally get it, some numbskulls get bent out of shape over it.

Posted by: Alice at May 22, 2005 02:27 AM Permalink

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