One of the things that distinguish a civilised society from an uncivilised one is the the civilised society in the main respects learning and more importantly respects a breadth and diversity of learning. In a civilised non authoritarian society a person can choose to be taught or teach themselves whatever subject they choose.
Sadly, that is not true where the uncivilising influence of the ideology of Islam starts to flex its muscules.
The people of Nigeria, especially the Christian people of that country, have suffered terribly during the last decade from murderous attacks by the Boko Haram group.
Boko Haram, who have a hatred of Christians and also of any education that doesn’t come from the Qu’ran and the Hadiths, have slaughtered hundreds members of Nigeria’s Christian community during their reign of terror. They have also, as in this shocking story shows, targetted teachers for teaching non-Muslim science, mathmatics etc.
A Reuters report via Yahoo said:
The attackers made teachers at Dan Maliki Primary School lie on the ground before shots rang out, a witness told Reuters.
No one claimed responsibility for the assault, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram – whose nickname means “Western education is sinful” in the northern Hausa language – has targeted schools before.
The movement has killed many hundreds in gun and bomb attacks since it launched an uprising against the government in 2009, opposing Western cultural influences and seeking to carve an Islamic state out of Africa’s largest oil producer.
None of the pupils was harmed.
“They made the teachers lie down on the ground, then there were gunshot sounds and everyone scampered to safety,” said Hauwa Jinjiri, a trader working on the school premises who witnessed the attack.
The shooting came a day after a rival Islamist movement Ansaru posted a video it said showed the bodies of seven foreign construction workers it killed after abducting them from a remote northern town last month.”
The attitude of Boko Haram truly deserves the epithet ‘uncivilised’. Sadly, Boko Haram are not the only followers of the ideology of Islam that can be classified as ‘uncivilised’ and it is very easy to find examples of uncivilised behaviour such as this.
I have no shame in calling the ideology of Islam ‘uncivilised’ how could it ever be otherwise. We in the non-Muslim world are lucky to have cultures that do respect women’s rights, do respect freedom of speech and freedom of learning and where the intellect is free.
No Islamic country has a culture like that.
We should be proud of our Judeo-Christian-secular civilisations, and proud of our history, warts and all, and all our scientific and cultural achievements. Those of us who have taken the time to study Islam and Islamic history have found that we need to have no feelings of shame in calling the ideology of Islam and the backward cultures which it creates, uncivilised. By any reasonable definition of the word civilised, the free world has what it takes to be called civilised but the Islamic world does not.