It is tempting to label much with which one disagrees “evil.” Tempting, but ultimately self-defeating. If pretty much everything is evil, nothing is evil. Yet evil unquestionably exists. It exists to deny the existence of God, to destroy good, to set us one against another, and to mock kindness, tolerance and equal opportunity and equal justice under the law. It exists to give power to the worst of us.
On the 20 anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as clear an example of evil as has ever existed, some, including the Virginia Department of Education, seek to convince us evil is not evil. It’s merely misunderstood—we’re not very smart, after all–and all will be well if we call it something else. The Daily Mail.co.uk, explains:
The Virginia Department of Education have been slammed for a teacher training video which instructs teachers to avoid calling the 9/11 killers ‘terrorists’, and to avoid promoting ‘American exceptionalism’ during lessons about the attacks.
The nearly two-hour long video posted on the VDOE’s YouTube channel is intended to promote a ‘culturally responsive and inclusive 9/11 commemoration’ to guide teachers how to broach the sensitive subject ‘in a way that does not cause harm.’
The VDOE, obviously proud of its efforts, has disappeared the video:
But the advice was blasted by some parents as ‘woke-washing the 9/11 attacks’, and ‘hijacking history’.
And they would be the sane, non-evil type of parents.
The instructional video shared as part of VDOE’s VA Equity webinar series was lead by American University School of Education professorial lecturer Amaarah DeCuir.
DeCuir shared her ‘Webinar In’s & Out’s’ listing ways she deems appropriate or inappropriate to teach about the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
She claimed that asking students to ‘stand and condemn 9/11’ in a performative way would be ‘highly inappropriate.’
She also suggested that teachers use the word ‘extremists’ instead of ‘terrorists’ to further ‘disrupt this false equivalency of Muslims and terrorism.’
‘I choose to use the word extremists and I use this based on the scholarship of other scholars and activists in the community that will also use this word to describe the perpetrators of the crimes associated with 9/11,’ she said.
It is a truism that not all Muslims are terrorists, but virtually all terrorists are Muslims. There is no question the 9-11 killers were Islamist terrorists waging Jihad—“holy war”–against infidels. Islam is not at all a “religion of peace,” as even George W. Bush falsely claimed. It is an aggressive, warlike political ideology dedicated to conquering the world, with a list of specific tactics and goals for believers, tactics which include lying, torture, murder and conquest and/or enslavement of non-believers. Muslims that do not wish to be jihadists, that wish to live in peace with their neighbors, are not following the intention and text of Islam. By denying this reality, DeCuir is, if not evil herself, at the least furthering the goals of evil.
She warned of the consequences of teaching American exceptionalism instead turning the focus to ‘our shared humanity.’
‘We’re also not going to reproduce what’s understood as American exceptionalism — this understanding that America is a land at the top of a beautiful mountain and that all other countries, nations, and people are less than America,’ she said.
‘We’re not going to reproduce notions that American history and American experiences are more significant than the experiences or histories of other people,’ she continued.
‘So we’re going to begin with a common understanding of our shared humanity, regardless of our national, racial, linguistic or religious origins.’
Any rational reading of history and contemporary reality reveals America is an exceptional nation, among the most exceptional in history, and the indispensable nation—if we can keep it—today. DeCuir is pushing the false idea we are not qualified to judge other nations, other ideologies, that all are equally important, good and valuable. Clearly, this is not true. It’s an attempt to make American children hate their nation, their people, and themselves, while excusing the horrific failings of other nations and peoples. It’s an attempt to whitewash Islamism, islamists and their atrocities.
DeCuir reminded teachers of the importance ‘to plan our 9/11 lessons in a way that does not seek to reproduce anti-Muslim racism.’
‘We’re not going to reproduce a false assumption of Muslim responsibility for 9/11. We’re just going to begin right there and name that there is no responsibility and therefore we’re not going to use this space to try and untangle this.’
‘Do not use this day to amplify the extremists themselves and don’t use the day to amplify their acts on 9/11. You name what happened and that’s it,’ she added.
Yes, in the immortal/immoral words of Minnesota’s Islamist Representative Ilhan Omar: “Some people did something.” Suggesting the fact 9-11 was an Islamist attack on America is false, trying to convince children of this lie, is itself evil.
DeCuir encouraged teachers to ‘extend expectations of ‘equity” to all students, humanize Muslim students, acknowledge anti-Muslim racism, and pushes them to continue to learn.
Recognizing Islam exists to establish, by the sword, a world-wide caliphate is surely not “anti-Muslim racism.” Reading the Koran and Hadiths are the best way to discover the true nature of Islam. Americans, peoples of all nations, are entirely justified in being suspicious of the beliefs and actions of any Muslim until they conclusively demonstrate they do not embrace Jihad and are, like anyone else, good, law-abiding people, people of laudable character.
The VDOE’s training video for sensitive 9/11 related lesson plans comes several weeks after the Department of homeland security released a issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin warning the public about increasingly complex and volatile threats.
DHS is looking ahead at the ‘current heightened threat’ as the country comes upon the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on America.
Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, DHS is aware of threats ‘posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences.’
And thanks to Temporary President Biden—actually, his handlers—terrorists now have some $85 billion dollars worth of the best military equipment in the world with which to wage Jihad. As Victor Davis Hanson recently noted, that’s about 85% of all the military aid we’ve given to Israel in the last 70 years, bestowed on our savage, 6th century barbarian enemies in an instant. Fox News notes a non-Islamist American Muslim holds a different view:
Asra Nomani, vice president of strategy and investigations at Parents Defending Education, and a Virginia resident, blasted the presentation as ‘hijacking history’ and ‘sanitizing the truth of the 9/11 attack’ in a statement to Fox News.
‘As an American Muslim parent and journalist who has investigated Islamic terrorism for the past 20 years, it’s offensive, immoral, unethical, manipulative and dangerous,’ Nomani said. ‘The Virginia Department of Education is woke-washing the 9/11 attacks. Speaker Amaarah DeCuir instructs teachers to erase the fact that the 9/11 hijackers were motivated by an extremist interpretation of Islam. Decuir advises teachers to talk about ‘extremists’ behind the 9/11 attacks, without identifying them as Muslim extremists or calling them out as ‘terrorists.’ It would be like teaching about the Holocaust without discussing Nazi Germany.’
Nomani’s points are interesting. The actions of the 9-11 killers, and of all Jihadists, are “extreme” only to the degree other Muslims reject the explicit teachings of their faith. That majorities of Muslims in most Muslim nations, for example, wish to live under Shariah, the Muslim legal/political code incompatible with the rule of law and individual liberty, suggests it is people like Nomani who are out of the Muslim mainstream. Her views are understandable. To reject Islam and embrace a faith that is truly peaceful would require rejecting everything she has ever believed, her entire culture and relationships with others. And there is one punishment for Muslims who leave Islam: death. Killing apostates is a religious duty of all Muslims, which makes adopting another faith a bit harder than a Catholic choosing to become a Baptist. It’s hard to admit one has been a part of an inherently evil ideology, and harder still to explain why one didn’t recognize it sooner–if one survives the experience.
‘What’s more,’ said Nomani, “the Virginia Department of Education is promoting a victim narrative for Muslims by instructing teachers to focus on ‘anti-Muslim racism’ that allegedly sprang out of 9/11. The Virginia Department of Education is taking a page out of the playbook of truth-deniers within the Muslim community who don’t want to own up to the real problem of Muslim extremism, but meanwhile dedicate lessons to ‘white supremacy.’ The Virginia Department of Education is failing students – and America – and needs to immediately remove this irresponsible instruction and apologize for endorsing this dangerous rewriting of history a platform.’
When asked for a response to Nomani’s criticism, DeCuir pointed Fox News to an article she wrote Tuesday published in The Conversation, which argues that Muslim students are often subjected to ridicule and blame for the 9/11 attacks and that those experiences can lead to higher levels of psychological distress.
‘Students can learn better when educators foster a sense of emotional safety and belonging,’ DeCuir wrote in the article. ‘Teachers should pay attention to the conversations between students to ensure that they are not repeating harmful words and actions that target Muslims.’
Or they could, if necessary, simply point out we are all responsible for our actions, not the actions of others in the past who might share our race, nationality or faith. That’s actual reason, tolerance and acceptance—or rejection–of others for the content of their character. The VDOE—those who run it—obviously have no character:
This webinar was part of a series intended to help teachers create welcoming and affirming classrooms for all students and in this specific case to provide support to Muslim students, who may be subject to bullying around the anniversary of 9/11,’ Executive Director of Communications Ken Blackstone said. ‘As stated in the presentation, the speaker made it clear that her views and opinions do not reflect the views and opinions of the VDOE. As such, any statements made in the webinar are not to be attributed to the Virginia Department of Education.’
Uh huh. Note the woke verbiage. And the VDOE is in the habit of publishing materials with which it does not agree? Name one, Mr. Blackstone. It’s certainly in the habit of disappearing materials that expose its lack of common sense and dedication to teaching rather than indoctrination.
As to bullying, that’s a topic beaten to death over the last decade or so. Should any student be bullied for any reason, school authorities have more than sufficient resources to deal with it, and the religious/political affiliation of the victim has no bearing on a professional response. There is, for now, no crime of “hate bullying” or “anti-Muslim bullying.”
Here’s my suggestion for how to explain 9-11:
1) Explain the facts, which include the murders of some 3000 Americans committed by Muslim terrorists.
2) Not all Muslims are terrorists, and we are responsible for our own actions, not the actions of others.
3) We judge everyone as Martin Luther King suggested: on the content of their character, and their actions over time.
What we do not do is lie to children about the nature of any religion/political belief—there is no separation of church and state in Islam—or the facts of any historical event. The Virginia DOE seems not to understand this. Amaarah DeCuir understands it all too well, but is shilling for Islamists. There is no room for Marxism or Islamism in American schools. It’s interesting that Afghan Islamists and Chinese Communists are now best pals, even though Islam sees them as infidels and demands even they be subjugated, but hey, the enemy of my enemy… Perhaps that ought to be taught, but only in the appropriate grades.
There is a word for those who would indoctrinate kindergarten-aged children: evil.