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Scary: One-Way Multiculturalism

August 19th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 3 Comments

A snippet from an article titled The vanishing jihad exposés (which was shared by Zach, thanks!):

We’ve gotten used to one-way multiculturalism: The world accepts that you can’t open an Episcopal or Congregational church in Jeddah or Riyadh, but every week the Saudis can open radical mosques and madrassahs and pro-Saudi think-tanks in London and Toronto and Dearborn, Mich., and Falls Church, Va. And their global reach extends a little further day by day, inch by inch, in the lengthening shadows, as the lights go out one by one around the world.

If you were “politically omnipotent”* in a Western country, what would or could you do to address this problem? (Or do you not think it is a problem?)

*(Meaning: you are an unchallenged benevolent dictator governing the UK or USA, you don’t have direct political clout in the middle east.)

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve // Aug 27, 2007 at 8:31 am

    I don’t think this is a problem: msot Western countries say they have freedom of religion, which means anyone can promote their religion there. Many middle Eastern countries, as I understand it, do not have that freedom, so that one can’t promote other religions there.

    Thus, as a leader of a Western world country, you should do nothing about religions attempting to advertise themselves. However, perhaps one should consider getting into talks with middle Eastern countries about the benefits of freedom of religion.

    In other words, taking steps to curtail religious expansion by a group in a country which claims religios freedom smacks to me of hypocrisy.

  • 2 Hugo // Aug 27, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I was wondering more about how to encourage freedom of religion there, rather than curtailing their religion “here”.

    I can’t imagine diplomatic talks having any success, but yes, one could at least try. Then I wonder about sanctions as a tool for fighting “human rights violations” or “encouraging” religious freedom? Dunno… and I can’t see the west placing sanctions on the middle east, due to that litlte thing of “who has the oil?”

    Ah, whatever.

  • 3 gloep // Aug 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    My pa kan homself nie uitpraat oor hierdie subject matter nie… It’s a little very scary.

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