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Monday, August 21, 2006

Multiculturalism and the alienation of young Muslims

'Finally, there are the grievances. Some of these are genuine enough, but the complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene where Muslims are victims (as in Bosnia or Kosovo), and always wrong when they may be the oppressors or terrorists (as with the Taliban or in Iraq), even when their victims are also mainly Muslims.

'Given the world view that has given rise to such grievances, there can never be sufficient appeasement, and new demands will continue to be made.'

- Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, who as a convert from Islam knoweth whereof he speaketh, argues that multiculturalist policies have unwittingly encouraged Islamic radicalism in Britain. He concludes:-

'Values, however, are not free-standing; they are deeply rooted in a vision of society. Whether we like it or not, characteristic British values arise out of the Christian faith and its vision of personal and common good. These were clarified by the Enlightenment and became the bed-rock of our modern political arrangements. The Enlightenment, however, by consigning Christianity to the private sphere, also removed the basis and justification for these values in the public sphere.

'It is this basis and justification that needs to be recovered if our values are to be secure, and if they are to help inculcate the virtues of generosity, loyalty, moderation and love that lead to personal fulfilment and social wellbeing.'

It's worth reading it all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Despite all the continued IslamExpos, Islamic Awareness Weeks and other Taqiyya-Fests; Islam, its culture and its followers are worthless and useless – AND THEY KNOW IT!

Here’s a comment by ‘Waltz’ at al-Grauniad, of all places, which shows why all cultures are equal only in the minds of moonbats, not in the opinions of the general public.

"...There are a lot of differences between Britain's "Muslim communities" and other ethnic minority communities. One glaringly obvious one is that Islamic culture produces nothing of interest to the majority non-Muslim population either in Britain or the wider world. While Chinese, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh Indian and other minority groups can take considerable pride in the admiration lavished upon their past and present cultural achievements - in the arts, cinema, the sciences, music etc - Muslim youths have scarcely anything to feel proud about. The problem of disaffection begins with the simple fact that Muslims come from a culture that has been largely barren for the past 500 years and which, in recent times, has won the world's attention only for its belligerence and violence. There's no answer to this; the problem is one of a fundamental cultural bankruptcy and humiliation that manifests in extremism wherever it encounters richer, more creative cultures - be they Western, Indian, Thai, or whatever. “ from

Muslims have nothing to contribute to their host societies but disruption, death and disaster. They simply do not belong in the modern world. A well balanced Muslim is one with a chip on each shoulder.

Q : ‘What’s the difference between Dar al-Islam and a pot of bio-yogurt?
A: A living culture.