Monday, September 18, 2006
Questioning authority: Reality comes knocking on utopian doors
Multiculturalism is that self-evident truth of the modern liberal state that asserts all cultures are created equal and not to be criticized, not least by the imperialist West who has no moral ground upon which to stand.
Or so goes the prevailing winds of popular culture throughout Europe and, to a lesser extent, the United States. The increasing pressure that Islam is bringing to our cultural world is beginning to expose areas of weakness. You can almost hear the questions being asked for the first time in broad daylight: "are all ways of doing things really equal and beyond criticism?" Can you see the shadow of Islam, the berkas, the AK-47's, the car bombs, falling over these questions?
Multiculturalism is finding its true test in the Islamic communities growing rapidly throughout Europe. Consider this story about a teacher in England who once dared to say that immigrating Muslims should learn to be British (for which he was fired and received death threats). He is too angry to be amused that now the British government is echoing his sentiments 20 years later, now that those decades of utopian multiculturalism has led to the threatening of the very foundations of their communities.
Are there lessons to be learned here with regard to the silly utopian visions currently in vogue among the social engineers in our academia, mainstream media, and popular culture?