Friday, 30 October 2009

No place for ethnic cleansing in tax-funded schools

It was because British Jews insisted that they are to be treated as a race rather than as a faith that the extraordinary ethnic purity test they are applying for admission to the Jewish Free School has been allowed under British law. Germany's 1935 racial purity laws also defined Jews as an ethnic group; the test was three out of four grandparents being Jewish. The equivalent racial purity test applied by British Jews has rejected the 13 year old Jewish son of practising Jewish parents as being, in German terms, a Mischlinge, or mixed-race Jew, and not a full ethnic Jew. He has therefore been barred from attending the Jewish Free School.

I'm sorry, but I find this whole mess utterly repugnant. That a tax-funded school in the UK in 2009 should be allowed to apply what are essentially Nazi racial purity standards as part of a government sanctioned pupil admissions policy is odious and abhorrent.

Tax-funded faith schools I can understand and support, where a demand for them exists and they are funded fairly and proportionately; equally I would defend tax-funded secular schools, in which the mix of children of all faiths and social backgrounds can increase social cohesion and build social capital. But race schools are an evil and an anathema. If you issued every parent with a voucher and a choice where to spend it, you would end up with a mix of faith schools and secular schools anyway. That's democratic choice. And by and large it makes little difference; what evidence there is suggests anyway that secular schools produce more bigots than faith schools. But to allow race schools is to encourage bigotry on an industrial scale - and this we must not allow to develop.


Old Holborn said...

Zionism is not only about a Jewish state; it is about a Jewish world-order.

Peter Myers

Since the Jews are the highest and most cultured people on earth, the Jews have a right to subordinate to themselves the rest of mankind and to be the masters over the whole earth.

Rabbi Harry Waton

We can say with Nietsche that the Jews are the highest aristocrats in the world.... The Talmud tells us that the whole world was created only for the sake of the Zaddik; the Zaddick is the spiritual aristocrat, the excellent man.

The Jews differ from all other races and peoples because of Judaism; Judaism differs from all other religions because of Jehovah; and Jehovah differs from all other gods. All other gods dwell in heaven. But Jehovah comes down from heaven to dwell on this earth and to embody himself in mankind. Judaism concerns itself only about this earth and promises all reward right here on this earth.

Judaism is communism, internationalism, the universal brotherhood of man, the emancipation of the working class and the human society. It is with these spiritual weapons that the Jews will conquer the world and the human race. The races and the nations will cheerfully submit to the spiritual power of Judaism, and all will become Jews....

Rabbi Harry Waton

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"Tax-funded faith schools I can understand and support"

I can't agree with you here, R.

They are the mainspring of sectarianism, which leads to all sorts of unpleasant social problems, not to mention football riots.

The state should be completely neutral in such matters. If the state has to run schools (and I don't agree that it should - we have only to look at the results), then they shold be absolutely non-religious.

If you want a school to reflect your particular brand of sky-fairy delusion, fine - pay for it yourself.

Chris said...

You'd think the Jews - of all people - would consider judging people by such criteria as 'blood purity' to be beyond the pale. What's the Yiddish for "black irony"?

Blue Eyes said...

When this issue was discussed on Newsnight the other night, some of the things which the chap from the Chief Rabbi's Office said were blood-freezing.

I actually do have a problem with state funded faith schools. I want to live in a secular country where people are free to practice whatever religion they choose or none, but I don't think that the state should be funding religious education.

If parents want their children to be brought up with a certain ethos they can do it in their own time at their own expense.

Budgie said...

Blue Eyes - I have some sympathy for your point that the state should not fund religious education. But do not be under any illusion that secularism is not itself a 'religion'. That is, a belief system without a lot to back it up.

Orthoprax said...

"The equivalent racial purity test applied by British Jews has rejected the 13 year old Jewish son of practising Jewish parents as being, in German terms, a Mischlinge, or mixed-race Jew, and not a full ethnic Jew."

Hardly. Jewish tradition defines Jewish descent matrilineally and has nothing to do with purity of blood. A child of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father is 100% Jewish by even the strictest standards.