Friday, June 21, 2013

What About the Madrasas, Mr. President?

Well, there he goes again. Dear Mr. Obama has once again put his metatarsals firmly between his molars during a recent trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Who's surprised by this?? Not moi.

According to, our president called for an end to Catholic schools in a country with a history of religious fighting citing:

 "If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division. It discourages cooperation."

In other words, Mr. Obama has concluded that the Catholic Church is "divisive" by maintaining schools for the education of those who choose to send their children for an education within the private sector instead of a public system that has to answer to government. I submit that school vouchers would afford many more people the option, but that is a subject for another day.

While an argument can be made on both sides either for or against the Catholic Church and their educational system, why hasn't he called the many madrasas (islamic schools or seminaries) around the world as divisive? After all, their mission is to provide an education with an emphasis on islam. How is that not divisive under your definition, Mr. President? Is it because you attended a madrasa as a child living in Indonesia? Inquiring minds are curious.
Didn't anyone screen this comment before his speech? I mean, common sense dictates that you don't go into Northern Ireland and blame one side for all of the violence that occurred over many years. It is insensitivity at its finest.
Mr. President, the only education you seem to approve of is one similar to yours under Frank Marshall Davis and Bill Ayers.


dmarks said...

Teachers in Catholic schools aren't bulled against their will into joining the NEA, which is mostly a Democratic Party fundraising arm right now. Teachers in traditional public schools are.

I think this is the main reason he opposes Catholic schools.

blackandgoldfan said...

I would also add that the indoctrination is much harder to apply in the private sector.