July 10, 2005

BITTER FRUIT OF THE TREE OF REASON:

A defiant Islam rises among young Britons: Thursday's attacks turn attention to a group alienated from British society. (James Brandon, 7/11/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

[T]he attacks are turning attention to the increasing numbers of young British Muslims who are rejecting their parents' traditional culture in favor of a radical and expansionist Islam. This strikingly Western version of Islam combines an independence of thought with a contempt for established traditional scholarship and a theme of teenage rebellion.

"Getting involved in radical Islam is an emotional thing rather than a rational decision," says Abdul-Rahman al-Helbawi, a Muslim prayer leader. "And it's not a matter of intelligence or education - a lot of these radicals in Britain are very well-educated."


Europe couldn't have created a better breeding ground for anti-traditional extremists if they'd tried...oh wait, they did.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 10, 2005 11:30 PM
Comments

Take an immigrant culture and throw it into an educational system that teaches that the native culture is to blame for all the world's ills, and we're surprised at what's happened?

Posted by: b at July 11, 2005 2:03 AM

Especially when that 'immigrant culture' has a 1400 year history of rampant butchery and psychopathic behavior masquerading as religious devotion.

Posted by: bart at July 11, 2005 8:54 AM

4,000

Posted by: oj at July 11, 2005 10:18 AM

Huh.

They aren't acting any differently in Europe than anywhere else. It's just that the Europeans don't like it.

Back home, their behavior wouldn't -- and doesn't -- raise an eyebrow.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 14, 2005 8:50 PM

They were Englishmen--they were home.

Posted by: oj at July 14, 2005 9:07 PM
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