Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Saudi Indoctrination at Amherst Middle School

This has to be one of the more horrifying instances of encroaching dhimmitude in the United States I've run across. It seems that someone at the Amherst Middle School decided that it would be a great school project to transform "the quaint colonial town of Amherst, New Hampshire...into a Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent community."

The kiddies got to learn about all sorts of wonderful aspects of Saudi culture, including executing drug traffickers, gender segregation, male superiority, female subjugation, and Islamic religious practices. Here are a few highlights:
During the check-in, guests selected a traditional Arabic name for their name badge and completed an actual Saudi customs form, which warned in bold letters “Death for Drug Trafficking ” at the top.

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Flowing fabrics hung from the ceiling separated the family and men-only dining sections.

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Only the seventh-grade boys were allowed to host the food stations and the Arabic dancing, as the traditions of Saudi Arabia at this time prevent women from participating in these public roles.

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Seventh-grade girls hosted the hijab and veil stations, where other female guests learned how to wear the required head covering and veils. An antique trunk full of black abayas worn by women, and white thobes worn by the men, were available for guests to try on.

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An Islamic religion station included a Muslim prayer rug with a compass embedded in it to locate Mecca, readings on the Islamic faith, call to prayer items and prayer beads.
And the article ends on this happy note of multicultural diversity:
The “open tent” was created to encourage participants to reach out and learn from people around the world, and to promote curiosity and cultural understanding.
I wonder if schools in Saudi Arabia will be hosting similar events where children can learn about co-existing with other religions such as Judaism, Christianity or Hinduism? Oh, that's right. Saudi Arabian society doesn't allow other religions to be practiced openly and it promotes Islamic supremacy. Silly me.

Update: Follow the link to the original Cabinet Press article for a photo of one of the little tykes dressed in full Saudi regalia.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

Saudis aren't known for their egalitarianism !

Friday, June 01, 2007 7:03:00 PM  
Anonymous GM Roper said...

Thanks for the heads up, you've been "hat tipped" because you apparantly don't accept trackbacks (or, more like I couldn't figure out how to do it.) As always, your observations especially the one regarding Saudi schools not reciprocating are spot on.

Saturday, June 02, 2007 5:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saudis aren't known for their egalitarianism !

Neither are these folks:
School graduation and Doting parents approve

Saturday, June 02, 2007 9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Joanne Jacobs said...

I give them credit for making it clear that Saudi culture is based on male dominance and gender segregation, though it would have been nice to have a sign at customs declaring the ban on Bibles and other non-Muslim books.

Sunday, June 03, 2007 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon said...

Hi Joanne,

Thanks for stopping by.

The school project did demonstrate that gender segregation exists in Saudi society. but I'm not sure it made clear to the children that's a bad thing. It seemed to be presented in a morally relativistic "all cultures are equal" manner that didn't provide any context. And the kids probably thought it was all fun and games.

This one definitely qualifies for me as a clear case of indoctrination over education.

Sunday, June 03, 2007 4:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish that dimwit of a teacher would pass the following story to hes students. This is also part of the saudi culture:

"Woman Tortured, Killed Maid for Being ‘Lazy’
Ali Huwash, Arab News

JIZAN, 8 June 2007 — A woman schoolteacher, one of the suspects in the murder of an Asian housemaid in March, has admitted to her torturing the maid until she was dead.

The Saudi sponsor of the maid who took her to hospital and the sponsor’s schoolteacher wife were both arrested in Jizan in March following a hospital report about the death of the maid, whose nationality has not been revealed to the press.

According to the report of the Samita General Hospital in Jizan, a Saudi man brought in an expatriate woman who died shortly after she was admitted. The hospital report attributed the death to internal and external injuries.

The teacher told the investigators that she and her husband used to punish the maid in various forms such as beating, branding and locking up while denying her food and water for days on end.

The teacher said they resorted to crude methods of punishment because the maid was lazy and negligent in her work. The teacher said they had every right to make the maid work because they had spent a lot of money to bring her from her native country.

The confessions were recorded in the court in line with the normal procedures, according to police sources. The coroner who examined the body had found serious wounds and burns. The investigations were conducted under the supervision of Brig. Obaid Al-Khomash, assistant director of Jizan police.

The officer said the investigations have been completed and the suspect, who is an employee of the general education department in Jizan, will remain in a local general prison until the trial begins.

The embassy of the maid’s county has been taken steps to guarantee that the culprit does not go unpunished. The relatives of the suspects have been in touch with the embassy officials and the relatives of the deceased to settle the matter with the payment of blood money."

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=97227&d=8&m=6&y=2007

Friday, June 08, 2007 2:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hes=her

Friday, June 08, 2007 2:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Bookworm said...

What's creepy isn't that the great thinkers in NH decided to do this little exercise. It's the fact that nobody who participated in the project seemed to have the courage or the intelligence to criticize the ugly aspects of Saudi society, even when these aspects were blatantly thrust under their noses. Multiculturalism apparently destroys all brain cells.

By the way, congrats on the LGF link. I'm glad to see your post broadcast far and wide.

Friday, June 08, 2007 2:27:00 PM  
Blogger MollyShark said...

Did anyone catch that an Arab oil company paid for this trip? Of course..it controlled what they would see and with whom they spoke. Now they can come back here and teach impressionable minds what a benign, pleasant little culture lies over there. Did this teacher try to visit Mecca? Hmmm, wonder why not. The teachers, of course, are too dimwitted to see they are being used as tools.

Friday, June 08, 2007 4:49:00 PM  

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