Hazlegrove Prep School is an attractive boarding school in Sparkford, Somerset.
The photos at right were taken last December when Year 7 from Hazelgrove visited the nearby Yeovil Mosque. Besides the photos, the only information about the excursion available on the school’s website is an event page giving the dates.
Look at those traditional English public school pupils down on their knees on the carpet, all decked out in their school uniforms, the girls properly veiled. Then over they go! Foreheads on the floor, just like good Muslims.
A thought experiment: imagine these same students on a field trip to a synagogue, the boys wearing yarmulkes and participating in a Jewish worship service.
Another one: they all troop down to the local Catholic church, genuflect before the altar, and cross themselves.
Can’t picture it?
Those photos give me the creeps. It’s not just the fact that this is Islam we’re looking at. Nor do I believe that through this experience these kids are likely to be drawn to Islam and be converted into followers of the Prophet.
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What bothers me is that this looks like a dress rehearsal for Islamic Britain, a dry run for the day when Islam is the official state religion. Another generation of kids just like these will grow up to be not particularly observant Muslims, making sure that they turn up at the mosque and bang their heads on the carpet often enough to be respectable.
They’ll be, in a word, “moderate” Muslims, just like the vast majority of Muslims in the world. They won’t particularly believe anything in the Koran, any more than they believe what’s in the Bible today, but they’ll never publicly question the One True Faith.
They’ll do what’s expected of them, and be ruled over by imams or mullahs who are much more zealous in their faith, the blokes who will organize their little island corner of the Ummah in the proper sharia fashion.
God help Britain.
Hat tip: François.