…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Some time ago I wrote about the happy times, the times when we did not know what ramadan was, not to mention when it was. (It is a religious humbug and comes once a year.) Now it is in a school next to you. True, the story is from formerly Great Britain, but most of our, Australian, ‘educators’ are equally multicultural, feeble-minded cowards. Only difference is that should something like that happen here, our media wouldn’t dare to publish it:
“Teachers denied schoolboy, 10, water on the hottest day of the year to avoid upsetting Muslim pupils during Ramadan –
Many pupils at Charles Dickens Primary School, Portsmouth, Hampshire, are fasting during Ramadan, which means they refrain from taking food or water between sunrise and sunset for around 30 days, depending on the moon.
Kora Blagden has complained to the school as she says her son Luke was told he could not drink water in case it upset pupils who were fasting. Kora said: ‘Just before bedtime me and my sons Luke, ten, and Alfie, eight, were talking about Ramadan as we had seen it on the news. Luke said to me he was told he wasn’t allowed to drink in class by his teacher. Luke was dehydrated when he got home and drunk three glasses of water straight away.’
The teacher made the ruling on Thursday when temperatures soared to 28C.
‘They normally have their bottles on their table but they were kept in a tray by the teacher. He went along with it but he was thirsty and didn’t want to offend the other children. Alfie said he was allowed to drink in the morning but not in the afternoon.’
The school said there was no ban on children from other religions having food and drink during Ramadan but refused to comment on this individual case.
Portsmouth City Council, which runs the 300-pupil school, also declined to comment.” [Full story here]
The Deputy Principal Lisa Florence apologised. One can guess the gender of the sensitive teacher. Oh, and apparently a directive is being issued to schools in England not to schedule examinations during the month of ramandan.
Some time ago (October 2011), I wrote about our efforts in Afghanistan – Making the world safe for Islam.
Mark Steyn in August 2013 -
“In Afghanistan, the Taliban support a bigoted, misogynist sharia state run by theocrats with ties to global terrorism, whereas America and its allies support a bigoted, misogynist sharia state run by duplicitous kleptocrats with ties to druglords and pederasts. That’s not a distinction worth twelve years of blood and treasure, and it has discredited the broader cause and its impositions on the home front. The Taliban will soon enough be back in Kabul, but Americans will be shuffling shoeless through the airports of Cleveland and Des Moines unto the end of time.”
Not much luck on the Christian culinary front either.
“A sharia committee in the rebel-held region of the Syrian city of Aleppo has banned croissants as symbols of “colonial” oppression. Syria is a former French colony, so some there apparently associate this culinary symbol of Frenchness with France and with imperialism more generally. They specifically targeted croissants, al-Arabiya reports, because the pastry’s ‘crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims.’”
I admit that on many occasions I was tempted to issue the fatwa against bakers of miserable croissants, particularly here in Australia.
As could be expected, that Caitlin child, a social media reporter, besides attempting to find at least some excuse for the Sharia bullies, exhibits her ignorance:
“The much-repeated legend that seems to be behind the anti-croissant fatwa — that a baker in Budapest invented the treat after the city repelled an Ottoman invasion — has been debunked by food historians several times over. Most agree the bread migrated to France by way of Austria in the early 1800s. And while France did rule Syria for a period before World War II, Austria obviously never did. Then again, Syrian extremists aren’t exactly known for their nuance.”
It was not Budapest, but Vienna; obviously close enough for a victim of the American educational system. And no, the Washington Post journalists aren’t exactly known for their erudition. I doubt that the food historians poor Caitlin relies on are much better.
/wikipedia/ “One legend is that the croissant was invented in Vienna, either in 1683 or during the earlier siege in 1529, to celebrate the defeat of the Ottoman attack of the city, with the shape referring to the crescents on the Ottoman flags. This version of the origin of the croissant is supported by the fact that croissants in French are referred to as Viennoiserie, and the French popular belief that Vienna-born Marie Antoinette introduced the pastry to France in 1770.”
” Legend has it that a Viennese baker who thwarted the Turkish hordes first created the Croissant. The baker was working late at night at his underground stove and suddenly found the walls shaking and a strange Ottoman language murkily sounding from the walls. Calling the city guards, it was discovered that the Turks were attempting to bring down the walls of Vienna by digging underneath them and detonating explosive charges.
The Christian forces collapsed the tunnel in on the Turks, killing all inside and eliminating the threat and saving the city of Vienna.”
It was not so simple. The largest ever cavalry charge in history, twenty thousand horsemen led by Polish king Jan III Sobieski ought not to be forgotten. But it could be said that Poles and bakers saved Europe from the religion of peace for over 300 years. On my, possibly badly remembered reading, the Vienna bakers were granted by the Emperor the right to give a curve to the bread-rolls in the memory of the victory. The Vienna Bakers’ Guild, unsurprisingly, concurred. But who am I to argue with the Washington Post?
As far as I know, croissants have been baked for centuries throughout the Europe, from Ukraine in the east, Spain, Italy and the Balkans in the south and by now they may have reached the western civilisation culinary outpost, Britain.
So the Islamist invaders got beaten in 1589 and again 154 years later, in 1683. No wonder they are still upset.
How many Muslims in Austria now, 330 years later? In 2010 their number was estimated between 400,000 and 500,000 – approximately 6% of total population. The Ottoman army in 1683 had 60,000 fighters on the low estimate and 300,000 on the high one. (Christians about 110,000)