This is the last of my 4-part series on why I single Islam out for criticism. In earlier posts I have outlined the peculiarly insidious nature of Islamic societies, Islamic causes and Islamic impulses. I will devote this post to characteristics of liberal societies (typically in the west) that grant Islam an undeserved deference. There are several causes of such deference – all of which neatly fit under the banner of “Multiculturalism”.
In an earlier post I have shown how multiculturalism coddles Islam. In this post, I will expand on that idea and show how it emboldens Islamic militancy.
Multiculturalism v/s Secularism
Multiculturalism is a relatively modern fad that pseudo-intellectuals (notably in the media and government) like to bandy about to extract respectability. A multiculturalist tends to be a person who basks in the reflected glow of the truly lofty tradition of Secularism. Multiculturalism has gained so much currency (and legitimacy) that it is often mistaken to be Secularism 2.0. Far from being a descendant, it is actually a dangerous imposter.
Secularism holds that one’s religious beliefs and traditions have NO bearing on how a civil society functions. Your choice to be a Buddhist or a Christian is a private decision and the public-square is under no obligations to cater to your private spiritual pursuit. Multiculturalism, on the other hand, claims to be charmingly magnanimous and welcomes all religious beliefs, cultural values and traditions INTO the public-square so that we may “celebrate” all of them. Multiculturalism is NOT new-age secularism but a reversal of secular principles under the guise of being “broad minded“. Multiculturalism is NOT Secularism 2.0. It is, however, Idiocy 1.0 because its a trifle awkward to celebrate Jihad while being beheaded/flogged/stoned.
By flaunting a vacuous hospitality, multiculturalism claims to be beyond religious recrimination. It would not be terrible if such vapidity were only callow and idiotic. Unfortunately it assumes sinister proportions when it encourages militant Islam by inhibiting robust inquiry and stringent accountability. Take a look at this sampling of video-clips:
- Justifying London bombings of 7/7
- Non-muslim civillians are legitimate targets
- Exhorting people to fund Bin Laden & Jihad Inc.
See the audacious manner in which Islamists operate in the UK? These guys hold no jobs, live on welfare (often by misrepresenting themselves as handicapped) and then call for Jihad against the very same society that they live parasitically upon.
This is not just a case of ingratitude. It is a case where cowardly Islamists act brazenly – safe in the knowledge that they do not have to carry the burden of their convictions. They know that they will not be mauled by a vigilant news-media or the police. It would be just too unseemly to conduct a blistering attack on someone’s religious beliefs – no matter how noxious they are – and it might even look like….. whats-it-called…. yes…. Islamophobia!
Multiculturalism – Intellectual lethargy, dishonesty & cowardice
It is this intellectual lethargy, intellectual dishonesty and intellectual cowardice that Islamists feed upon. And it is this intellectual lethargy dishonesty and cowardice that multiculturalism glorifies. It permits the proliferation of toxic outlooks until a critical mass is reached yielding jihadis who bomb the London mass transit and Glasgow airport. And we wonder where all this naked zealotry came from? It was bred within our society when we saw extremism take root but chose to tolerate it just to preserve our Multiculturist credentials.
It is the same Multiculturalist impulse that made the Tayside police-force apologize for offending Islamic sensibilities when they announced a change of their help-line telephone number on a poster that carried the picture of a police-dog alongside a policeman’s hat. Since Islamic doctrine holds a dog to be an icon of defilement, the poster hurt the delicate sentiments of muslims who are otherwise unmoved by honor-killings or the brutality of Shariah. TV crews battled one another to record the apologetic capitulation of the police-chief. But how many of them of them conducted a spirited interview or expose of these so-called community-leaders who brandished their wounded souls on account of a picture….of a puppy……on a poster??? Should these Islamists not have been scorned, ridiculed and laughed out of town for their utter idiocy – not to mention imperiousness? Instead we treated their whimsical and feigned outrage with fawning indulgence.
It is this kind of pusillanimity that multiculturalism fetes and celebrates and it is the same kind of pusillanimity that Islamists prey upon when they extract concessions by flaunting their bruised psyche. One can easily see how one capitulation emboldens Islamists to up the ante. Pretty soon they will be demanding Shariah in Britain and Europe. WAIT…..! They already are!!
So long as we are enamored of the idea that pandering to religious allergies is a noble enterprise we will always subvert the secular principles that gave us progress in the first place. I focus on Islam because Islam and the wickedness it engenders needs to be exposed. Currently it is proliferating unabated under the protective benevolence of an intellectually vapid construct called multiculturalism.
I want to clarify that I am not opposed to the intermingling of peoples and cultural diversity. At the same time, I want to assert that it is not incumbent upon a secular society to make room for the most pernicious aspects of religious doctrines just to appease the most virulent amongst its adherents. Such pandering is not a virtue. It does not tame the alligator (or is it Allah-gator?) – it only increases its appetite for blood. This is because the root-cause of Islamic Terror is Islam itself.