14 October 2007

The poisoned fruit of multiculturalism

For at least 20 years there was a debilitating fog of moral relativism in the air, a miasma of guilty self-loathing, to the point when some natives persuaded themselves that although all other cultures were equal, ours alone was less equal than others, or might at least be offensive, and should be suppressed. Even the phrase “host culture” was considered unacceptable.
The quote comes from this article by Minette Marrin in Times Online. A worthy read, although I have my doubts about this:
We have moved on since then, supposedly, and surprisingly suddenly. Many prominent multiculturalists, including the Commission for Racial Equality itself, have recently performed swift U-turns and the bien-pensant orthodoxy now is that multiculturalism has been a divisive failure. Integration is the new big thing.
Not yet, as it looks, I am afraid:
Muslim supermarket checkout staff who refuse to sell alcohol are being allowed to opt out of handling customers’ bottles and cans of drink.
Some Muslim medical students are refusing to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs.
After the specially oriented graves in the cemetery and toilet seats in prison, after a Muslim policeman refuses to guard Jooz, after many other absurdities (a small selection here) - what else, on top of 7/7 should the politically correct citizens of UK expect?

to Mick Hartley.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.