Then comes Ramadan. Rather than simply informing schools how to accommodate pupils' private fasting, the MCB also explains how schools might participate in the holiday. Urging them to schedule tests, meetings, swimming ("the potential for swallowing water is very high") and sex education -- even reproductive science lessons -- some other time, the report also urges schools "to build on" the Ramadan spirit and participate in nightly fast-breaking meals.
Muslim students should be allowed to take Arabic as a foreign language, and perhaps study "the art of Qur'anic recitation" instead of music. And on and on. The MCB isn't asking the British taxpayer to create the perfect sharia state exactly, but rather the perfect sharia state school system.
And what does all of this have to do with that blur of jihad stories mentioned at the top of the column?
First, consider the headlines. In Pakistan, a liberal-minded minister (and wife and mother of two) was assassinated for not wearing a veil. (The shooter reportedly said, "I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah's commandment.") Also in Pakistan, barbers received threatening letters warning them against continuing their "anti-sharia work"-- cutting customers' beards. (One barber told the Associated Press that two dozen barbers have responded by asking customers not to request shaves.) In London, a Muslim father killed his wife and four daughters (ages 16, 13, 10 and 3) because, according to the Telegraph, "he could not bear them adopting a more westernised lifestyle."
What is quite eerie about these horrific crimes is the striking fact that the perpetrators, who acted to avenge various infractions of Islamic law, would likely feel right at home in a British state school that had adopted the MCB's recommendations. In other words, the outlaws and the advocacy group are working in their different ways to enact Islamic law. Which should teach us all a lesson -- if we bothered to learn it.