World Leaders Question Islam

Friday, 18 February 2011 18:30 Wendy Larkson Confronting Islam - Infidel Resistance
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In recent days German president Angela Merkel, British PM David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have made comments on the fact that multiculturalism has been a failure. Even ex PM John Howard has added his views as the Spectator recently noted:

…the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has joined the chorus. The other day he said, "My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure." The "it" was multiculturalism, and he was on French national television.  

 In pronouncing multiculturalism defunct, the French president joins German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard, Spain's ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar, and, most recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron in heaving a failed policy into history's dustbin. The question is, what will replace it? Or actually another question: how did multiculturalism ever become a policy of these European countries anyway? (source)

Making it clear that it has been Islam that has brought this issue to the fore, the article goes on to quote Sarkozy saying:

"If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France," explained Sarkozy. "Of course," he explained, "we must all respect differences, but we do not want…a society where communities coexist side by side." Actually they have not existed side by side in recent years. Certain cultures were deferred to by the Europeans, namely Islam. (source)

Thus it is not the fact of different origins and cultures that is the issue. Countries like Australia and the US have people from many different lands finding peace and a new life there. The core issue is whether the newcomers wish to adapt to their new land and contribute to it. To adapt they need to agree with its fundamental principles. In the case of western countries this centres around the principles of democratic freedom, respect for the law and respect for the Judeo-Christian origins of western society.

Why did Sarkozy single out Islam in his comments on multiculturalism? He has not done it for any other ‘worldview.’ Because the Islamic ‘worldview’ has core principles which engenders separatism and discrimination – which are the opposite of what real multiculturalism is about in any case. So, it could be said, multiculturalism worked previously when the issue of Islamic separatism was not at issue. Now it does not work, for its tolerance is breeding intolerance of the very society which is giving its Muslim migrants a ‘second go’. The Spectator adds:

Now the European leaders are giving this sort of tolerance of intolerance a second look. Prime Minister Cameron has called for a "more active, more muscular liberalism," one that requires the active promotion of democratic values, the rule of law, freedom of speech, and equal rights. (source)

My parents were migrants to this country and cherished the freedom of religion and the peace it gave them. . They respected people of all faiths and sought to join, not to separate. Most on this site have come from other lands, are ex-Muslims from many parts of the globe and it is truly a multi-ethnic and multi faith site. I have never heard of Indians, Vietnamesse, Czechs, Germans, Italian, Bangladeshi, Russian, Tongan or Greek migrants to this country threatening to blow up Hosworthy base or other parts of Australia. Neither did these groups do so in America. In the past, when the IRA engaged in bombing, the Pope condemned them as not ’Catholic’- that is their violence was not part of any religion. There is no global jihad supported by any religious leaders in the world today. Except in Islam. For those who deny it, I can only recommend reading the Qu’ran.

What happened in the meantime, is that in a western culture of increasing relativist liberalism, an intolerance of principle has been bred, and thus those with a viewpoint hostile to our culture and with views tolerant to jihad have entered into western Europe. The whole process is ironic for the very refusal to think of principle by westerners has allowed a hostile worldview to flourish. The west needs to remember that people do live their lives by narratives and the narrative of Islam is one of a theo-political culture, controlling every aspect of life, continual jihad and world domination. This is in the holy books of Islam itself, it is not a question of nuanced interpretation or taking things in context. As George Weigel commented ‘…religious conviction provides the story line through which life’s meaning is read’ and to this can be added ‘ideas about human nature, ideas about human community, ideas about human origins, human aspirations, human destiny.’ The west’s temporary amnesia on this point led it to misread the intentions of the 9/11 bombers. However, perhaps the smelling salts have been applied through the persistent threats of violence from Islam and leaders have been mugged by reality. Perhaps principle matters after all? Perhaps some principles are incompatible with others? It is a painful process to think this through. Even Kevin Rudd has expressed disquiet about the Muslim Brotherhood. (reference)

The thought of millions of new Islamic separatists coming to western shores has made leaders re-think what multiculturalism [which was hugely successful until Islamic immigration increased] really is and whether Islam’s ‘narrative’ is at all compatible with freedom.