Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Global Recanting of Multiculturalism

I first wrote about the unfilled promise of Europe's multiculturalism in my blog posting in October last year. In that article I pointed out that Angela Merkel, Germany's leader, publicly announced that multiculturalism was dead in her country and the welcome mat was withdrawn from people that continue to refuse to assimilate and enjoy German culture and language; particularly the Muslims.

A few months ago, the British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a cogent and impassioned speech on the perils of political correctness and multiculturalism in his country. He was specifically highlighting the need to combat Islamic extremism. He told his audience, "We won't defeat terrorism simply by the actions we take outside our borders. Europe needs to wake up to what is happening in our own countries. Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from the mainstream. We have foolishly tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values.

Cameron continued, "So when a white person holds racist views, we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practices have come from someone who isn't white, we've been too cautious frankly, even fearful, to stand up to them." He said, "All too often we have been showering organizations with public money that purport to represent the Muslim community only to find that they do little to combat extremism in their ranks. Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism!" After he heard Cameron's speech, Niclos Sarkosy renewed has efforts to get a "ban-the-barqa" law passed and now women can be fined if in full-dress burqa.

Meanwhile in March, many politicians in America see multiculturalism. especially its coddling of Islam, as a tremendous threat and see what lessons the Europeans have learnt in their passive tolerance of multiculturalism. Now, in Washington, Representative Peter King has called for Congressional hearings on the threat of Islamic extremism within the United States. King said to his leftist detractors, "In short, our homeland has become a major front in the war with Islamic terrorism. Very simply, my committee cannot ignore the fact that al-Qaeda is actively attempting to recruit individuals living within the Muslim American community to commit acts of terror. This committee will continue to examine the threat of Islamic radicalization and I will not allow political correctness to obscure a real and dangerous threat to the safety and security of our citizens...point blank!"

The Way I See It....most western countries are waking up to the fact that their generous tolerance of Muslims in their midst has not generated an assimilation and acceptance of their country's values. Instead in many cities in Europe there are actually "pockets" (really ghettos) of Muslims that have created NO GO ZONES where white people, police, firemen and even ambulances are rebuked and threatened. These people were even allowed to set up their own neighbourhood Sharia courts and not comply with local laws. Finally the citizens are saying, "Enough is enough."

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