Cal  Thomas

Portstewart, Northern Ireland - Everywhere one looks in Europe there are signs that free people are prepared to surrender without a fight to those who would place them in bondage.

In England, a new government-backed study has found that British schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons. Teachers are afraid to teach about the Nazi atrocity because Muslim students might take offense.

The study also discovered resistance by teachers to cover the 11th-century Crusades, when Christians fought Muslims for control of Jerusalem, because the lessons contradict what Muslim students are taught in mosques. The sacrifice of truth in favor of propaganda for fear of violence is the first step on the road to enslavement.

It gets worse. A new survey by the respected YouGov organization has found most Britons want to scale down their country's involvement in world affairs at a time of great international challenge. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they oppose Britain "punching above its weight," trying to have more influence in the world than its military and economic strength would seem able to support.

Sixty-five percent of respondents say Britain is already overextended and should reduce its overseas commitments, spend less and not have as much military influence in the world as it now has. Worse, 69 percent say they would not want their son entering the armed forces and 75 percent oppose their daughter entering the military. Free people won't long remain free if people are unwilling to fight for freedom against those who would take it from them.

Joining in the surrender syndrome is the once-respected BBC. A headline in the London Daily Telegraph reads, "BBC Approves Dumbing Down' At Expense Of Current Affairs." Senior BBC bosses think their current affairs programming, including its award-winning "Panorama" show, is too dull. The BBC is beginning to favor more entertainment while current affairs programming has fallen to its lowest prime-time level in more than 50 years. More rock stars in rehab and other distresses; fewer programs about the growing threat to Britain from Islamists; more bottom feeding, less brain food. In this, the BBC is emulating American television.

In Belgium, a newspaper has published a copy of the Koran in French and offered free coupons for a Flemish language translation of Islam's holy book. The paper also published a book called "Islam Now," which presents a history of the religion up to the modern era. I haven't seen it, but would be willing to bet it contains little, if anything, about the terrorism carried out in the name of Islam by fanatics.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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