I wrote last week about the valiant efforts of UK educational authorities to carry out a forward strategy of submission by refusing to publish an award-winning digital version of the Three Little Pigs because it might be culturally offensive to Muslims, even though no one had complained about it.
Yesterday at Pajamas Media, Pam Meister took that same story and expanded it through other examples into a general essay on why appeasement never gets you peace: This Little Piggy Was Banned from Market
Taking the high road to sensitivity may make these culture judges feel good about themselves. But when the self-proclaimed gatekeepers of Western civilization bow and scrape to keep from “offending” every Johnny-come-lately who makes demands of the native population regarding tradition and values – and even when they don’t – what exactly is there to recommend said Western culture? Banks in Britain have already stopped handing out piggy banks to children who open savings accounts, and some British schools are not teaching students about the Holocaust because some in their Muslim population are taking the line from Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and claiming the Holocaust never happened.
Better to ignore history than to offend a handful of Holocaust deniers.
As Meister points out later, appeasing these groups once is never enough: what to us is an attempt at conciliation and compromise is taken by them as a sign of weakness, something to be exploited with further demands. And it always starts with seemingly trivial things, such as a Muslim cabby refusing a fare because the passenger is carrying alcohol, or a checker at a store refusing to scan a customer’s pork chops because pork is against the checker’s religion. In the end, you become so accustomed to appeasing and accommodating that you might not even notice when you give away the big things, such as equality before the law — or democracy itself.
This is how cultural jihad works: demanding special privileges and exceptions as a right because one is Muslim, and therefore superior. (Sura 3:110) It’s a difficult enough threat to face as it is; we shouldn’t make things worse by falling all over ourselves to surrender.