Last summer, for example, U.K. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan came under fierce criticism for calling on school teachers to be conscripted in the recently declared war on “non-violent extremism.” She called on educators to report children with negative views of homosexuality to the police and social services for displaying alleged signs of “extremism.” Indeed, criticism of homosexuality — considered a sin by Christians and countless others, along with any sexual relations outside of marriage — is considered a “crime” in the United Kingdom. Multiple preachers have been arrested and tossed in jail merely for stating their beliefs — beliefs that until recently were held by virtually everyone in Britain. Even quoting former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Islam can be grounds for arrest in today’s Orwellian United Kingdom.
But criticism of homosexuality and Islam are not the only thought crimes in British authorities’ crosshairs. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron — a supposed “Conservative” — called for UN assistance in waging a global jihad on what he called “non-violent extremism.” Examples of the sort of “non-violent extremism” included belief in (unapproved and unofficial) “conspiracy theories” about terrorist attacks, religious prophecies about the end times, and more. “We shouldn’t stand by and just allow any form of non-violent extremism,” he told the assembled leaders of UN member governments, including more than a few violent extremists ranging from mass-murdering communist and socialist dictators to brutal Islamist strongmen. The UN’s own war on extremism includes a jihad on “anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Now, the U.K. government’s guns in its war on “extremism” are being pointed directly at home-schooling families and churches, if public statements by officials are to be believed. According to multiple news reports beginning late last year, U.K. education boss Morgan — the official who wants children reported to authorities for expressing negative views of homosexuality — ordered a “review” of homeschooling. Apparently the inquiry surrounds alleged government concerns that the minds of children were being “filled with poison” by their parents.
“There has always been the freedom in this country for people to educate their children at home,” said a conveniently unnamed “senior government source” quoted by the U.K. Independent newspaper. “But we need to know where the children are and to be certain that they are safe. For every parent doing a brilliant job, there may be someone filling their child’s mind with poison. We just don’t know. We don’t have reliable figures.” Another spokesman for the Education Department said Morgan was “determined to tackle radicalization wherever it occurs,” and that authorities were enlisting extra “inspectors” to “eradicate extremism in education.” At the top of the agenda is creating a national registry of homeschoolers, officials from multiple parties said.
Once upon a time, I heard a song:
“Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves.
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”
I must have been delusional.