So, extremism from them is not surprising.
Okay, what is wrong with this headline from the Daily Mail in the UK? (Aug 5, 2010)
First, it is not all children who are being treated to this Talibanisation, nor even a majority of them. Indeed the British School System doesn't kow tow to pressure groups advocating religious intrusion into the schools, except for the Church of England of course. Talk about watered down milk.
Second, it is not even all Islamic children who are being treated this way. It is only those whose parents have been caught in the fundamentalist Wahabist net centred on where? Iran, NO. Afghanistan, NO. Pakistan, NO, but with an asterisk. (Extreme fundamentalist Islam is taught in the Madrasas of the border provinces where the Taliban flourish.)
It's centred in Saudi Arabia where god ole Osama bin Laden learned it.
While the article is very, very good and well written, and is by a Muslim woman who is the head of the British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD) and is clearly married to a person of non-muslim origin (her name is Yasmin Alibhai-Brown), there is still a slightly shrieky paranoid "they're coming to take us over" tone to the article. I attribute that to the Daily Mail who have always been that way, since it was founded by Lord Rothermere.
This isn't a case of "Can't we all just get along" but one of "Can't we stop turning every issue into the end of the world". The permanent politicization of every process. Once the Soviet Union fell apart, there was no one to fear or to fight with but ourselves, and we've been doing that very well.
What we all need is an enormous booster shot of common sense, but as someone once said "Common Sense is neither so common, or so sensible as one would wish."
It's still a very good article assuming you recognize that it's not about the majority, but about a small minority whose kids or grandkids are going to disown this idiocy in a couple of generations.
Of course there will be something else to roil the waters. All of this throws me back into the Rudyard Kipling poem If, which as a child I loathed, but makes much more sense to me now. (You know: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you." and 8 more verses of 8 lines each.)
"One trusts that the Universe is unfolding as it should." Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who also as Minister for Justice here 15 years before we arrived said "The State has no place in the bedrooms of the Nation."