by John Hawkins | March 14, 2008 7:15 am
It’s disturbing to see how little confidence our British cousins have in their own culture these days. It has gotten so bad that the Brits are even afraid to take a firm stand against forced marriages,
Schools in areas feared to have high rates of forced marriage are refusing to display posters on the issue because they are too, according to a government report.
Headteachers are unwilling to put up the posters for fear that they might offend some parents. The disclosure came in findings from the Department for Children, Schools and Families showing that 2,089 pupils were absent from school without explanation in 14 areas of England believed to have a high incidence of forced marriage.
…Margaret Moran described schools’ resistance to displaying the posters as shocking. She said: “People just don’t want to talk about it.
“This can involve violence, rape, kidnap — what more important issue can there be? The cultural thing is just a big smokescreen.”×
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Martin Salter, another Labour member of the committee, said that the problem was “much bigger than people realise. There has been a culture of silence for far too long. There are far too many local authorities being lily-livered about addressing this issue.”
Obviously, the whole riff about the posters being too “hard-hitting” is bunk because they’re also saying that the places where they’re not being put up are the places where they have a problem with “forced marriage.”
In other words, the ninnies who run the school system over there don’t even have the guts to say to people, “Forced marriages are backwards, wrong, and incompatable with the Western values that have made Britain a great nation.”
Winston Churchill once said of his people, “We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”
I wonder what he’d say about the sort of timidity in the face of barabarism that this story catalogues?
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