Sunday, October 30, 2005

Multiculturalism's Self-Inflicted Wound

The biggest problem with multiculturalism is how by its very essence it is self-defeating. Case in point, Australian police have been instructed to view some kinds of spousal abuse differently than others (Via Little Green Footballs):

POLICE are being advised to treat Muslim domestic violence cases differently out of respect for Islamic traditions and habits.Officers are also being urged to work with Muslim leaders, who will try to keep the families together.

Women's groups are concerned the politically correct policing could
give comfort to wife bashers and keep their victims in a cycle of violence.

The instructions come in a religious diversity handbook given to Victorian police officers that also recommends special treatment for suspects of Aboriginal, Hindu and Buddhist background. Some police officers have claimed the directives hinder enforcing the law equally.

Police are told: "In incidents such as domestic violence, police need to have an understanding of the traditions, ways of life and habits of Muslims."

They are told it would be appreciated in cases of domestic violence if police consult the local Muslim religious leader who will work against "fragmenting the family unit".

Why is this policy a defeat for the forces of multiculturalism? For this, let's look to John Locke's "A Letter Concerning Toleration." In it, Locke argues for the tolerance of the several Protestant sects, but not for Roman Catholics or atheists. As Lee Harris argues in his book, Civilization and Its Enemies, Locke's tolerance is very different from our own interpretation of tolerance today. However, this exclusion of Catholics and atheists was far from simply bigotry, but a logical exclusion. How can a nation tolerate those who would attempt to destroy the very tolerance practiced?

Of course, you cannot have tolerance of those who wish to destroy your very tolerate culture. It is quite clearly suicide to do so. This is why the lessons of Locke are so potent and important to Western Civilization's current struggle against the radicals that adhere to Islam. Just as turbulent 17th century England could not destroy itself by tolerating the very intolerant Roman Catholics of the period, the West simply cannot allow certain groups, in this case radical Islam, to corrupt and destroy the very values that have given women certain protections; among them, the ability to prosecute an abusive husband.

If a culture, or possibly more appropriate, civilization, which has based its success on the absorption and assimilation of various cultures that espouse mutual tolerance, bends and capitulates its own values to those who despise tolerance, it cannot and will not endure. The West will have to decide its fate very shortly. Will it continue down this current course of tolerating the forces of anti-tolerance, or will it decide to actually defend itself and more importantly, its values? This is the problem multiculturalism, or what the American Left sheepishly calls progressivism, poses to the West. It unwittingly appeases those who would destroy them, and argues even for added protection to these forces of anti-tolerance. It is a choice that is not easy or painless. Great difficulty and conflict await the world for many years to come, but when the fate of civilization hangs in the balance, difficulty and conflict should be confronted with courage and virtue, as opposed to appeasement and degeneracy.

2 Comments:

Blogger Leader said...

. If you want real multiculturalism, you need the Civilization that will emerge from the formation of a single World Citizen Congress. This fundamental organization will produce a global league of sovereign city-states, all of which will be occupied by mutually compatible residents living in their own racial homelands.
. Anyone interested in creating their kind of ideal society are invited to visit LetsOrganize.blogspot.com
Cheers

5:31 AM  
Blogger Simple American said...

@ leader The first time somebody tried to create one world government we ended up with language. That was the Tower of Babel. One world, one nation, will never happen.

Better to persever for tolerant soverign nations that respect each other.

Multiculturism is facilitator to our destruction. People want to come here they need to become Americans. Think like Americans. We remember where we came from. But we need to remember the reason for coming here is freedom.

8:20 AM  

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