Submitted by: Lea
" The accumulation of many little things, leads to one big thing. That's what's happening in Europe today. This was one victory for the side of sanity. There will need to be a great many more."
Sometimes it's the little things that are most telling. InSwitzerland it has long been customary for students to shake thehands of their teachers at the beginning and end of the schoolday. It's a sign of solidarity and mutual respect between teacherand pupil, one that is thought to encourage the right classroomatmosphere. Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga recently feltcompelled to further explain that shaking hands was part ofSwiss culture and daily life.And the reason she felt compelled to speak out about thehandshake is that two Muslim brothers, aged 14 and 15, whohave lived in Switzerland for several years (and thus are familiarwith its mores), in the town of Therwil, near Basel, refused toshake the hands of their teacher, a woman, because, theyclaimed, this would violate Muslim teachings that contact withthe opposite sex is allowed only with family members. At firstthe school authorities decided to avoid trouble, and initiallygranted the boys an exemption from having to shake the hand ofany female teacher. But an uproar followed, as Mayor RetoWolf explained to the BBC: "the community was unhappy withthe decision taken by the school. In our culture and in our way ofcommunication a handshake is normal and sends out respectfor the other person, and this has to be brought [home] to thechildren in school."decision, explaining in a statement on May 25 that theschool's exemption was lifted because "the public interest withrespect to equality between men and women and the integrationof foreigners significantly outweighs the freedom of religion." Itadded that a teacher has the right to demand a handshake.Furthermore, if the students refused to shake hands again "thesanctions called for by law will be applied," which included apossible fine of up to 5,000 dollars.This uproar in Switzerland, where many people were enraged atthe original exemption granted to the Muslim boys, did not endafter that exemption was itself overturned by the localEducational Department. The Swiss understood quite clearly thatthis was more than a little quarrel over handshakes; it was afight over whether the Swiss would be masters in their ownhouse, or whether they would be forced to yield, by the grantingof special treatment, to the Islamic view of the proper relationsbetween the sexes. It is one battle – small but to the Swisssignificant – between o'erweening Muslim immigrants and theindigenous Swiss.Naturally, once the exemption was withdrawn, all hell brokeloose among Muslims in Switzerland. The Islamic CentralCouncil of Switzerland, instead of yielding quietly to the Swissdecision to uphold the handshaking custom, criticized the rulingin hysterical terms, claiming that the enforcement of thehandshaking is "totalitarian" (!) because its intent is to "forbidreligious people from meeting their obligations to God." That, ofcourse, was never the "intent" of the long-standing handshakingcustom, which was a nearly-universal custom in Switzerland, andin schools had to do only with encouraging the right classroomatmosphere of mutual respect between instructor and pupil, ofwhich the handshake was one aspect.The Swiss formulation of the problem – weighing competingclaims — will be familiar to Americans versed in Constitutionaladjudication. In this case "the public interest with respect toequality" of the sexes and the "integration of foreigners" (whoare expected to adopt Swiss ways, not force the Swiss to exemptthem from some of those ways) were weighed against the"religious obligations to God" of Muslims, and the formerinterests found to outweigh the latter.What this case shows is that even at the smallest and seeminglyinconsequential level, Muslims are challenging the laws andcustoms of the Infidels among whom they have been allowed tosettle [i.e., stealth jihad toward sharia dominance]. Each littlevictory, or defeat, will determine whether Muslims will trulyintegrate into a Western society or, instead, refashion thatsociety to meet Muslim requirements.The handshake has been upheld and, what's more, a stiff finenow will be imposed on those who continue to refuse to shakehands with a female teacher. This is a heartening sign ofnon-surrender by the Swiss. But the challenges of the Muslimswithin Europe to the laws and customs of the indigenes have nological end and will not stop. And the greater the number ofMuslims allowed to settle in Europe, the stronger and morefrequent their challenges will be. They are attempting not tointegrate, but rather to create, for now, a second, parallel society,and eventually, through sheer force of numbers from bothmigration and by outbreeding the Infidels, to fashion not aparallel society but one society — now dominated by Muslim[sharia].The Swiss handshaking dispute has received some, but notenough, press attention. Presumably, it's deemed tooinconsequential a matter to bother with. But the Swiss knowbetter. And so should we.There's an old Scottish saying that in one variant reads:"Many a little makes a mickle." That is, the accumulation ofmany little things leads to one big thing. That's what's happeningin Europe today. This was one victory for the side of sanity.There will need to be a great many more.