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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, June 27, 2002
8:41 AM

If only the Post ran even one story about Wahabbist intolerance for the West for every ten they run about increasing understanding and appreciation of Arab and Muslim culture, the U.S. would frankly be a safer and saner place. Christina Samuels writes today:

For the past eight years, Prince William has hosted a multicultural summer institute for teachers, bringing together representatives from a variety of cultures -- African American, Asian, Latino -- for a week-long continuing education program. Unique in the Washington area, the county-sponsored seminars and field trips have drawn teachers from outside Prince William, including Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park. No teachers from the District or Maryland attended this year, but they have in the past.

This sounds like a good idea, though it depends on what is taught. I suspect lots of American cultural masochism about how intolerant we are.

Wahabbism is the state sect in Saudi Arabia and by some accounts 80% of the mosques in the U.S. are headed by Wahabbist imams. I sure hope that number is too high. Stephen Schwartz wrote in NRO last year:

The Wahhabis, based in Saudi Arabia, are the extremist sect that provides religious support for the horrors inflicted by Osama bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists...If the world is to be made safe from terrorism, Wahhabism must suffer a definitive, irreversible historic defeat. Liberation, not containment: Only in a world where Wahhabism has been crushed can we hope for the survival of world peace, and of a legitimate, peaceful Islam.

Wahhabists do not accept the principle of secular, constitutional rule; and they provided the environment on U.S. soil that allowed the Sept. 11 terrorists to prepare their attacks. There has been one or two Post stories about this culture clash--a piece and a follow-up on the strange things taught in a large local Muslim school about Israel and Jews, though I don't have the links. to be fair, I don't recall whether that school (which I'm not slandering anyway since I can't recall its name) was Wahabbist, but the theme was similar. It was good work. We need much more, when you get done with Worldcom.

The Post's Samuels continues:

Across the country, educators are rethinking multicultural education after the terrorism attacks.

Great! You can push multiculturalism only so far before you dissolve the country into one gigantic feuding catastrophe.

In Prince William this year, the seminars devoted to civil liberties and Arab issues were packed. And Sept. 11 was one of the inspirations for this year's programs, said August Bullock, the county's supervisor of multicultural education.

Oh. You mean we're going to get more multicult.

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