We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Jeff says it more succinctly and precisely than I can:
The boutique multiculturalism that the West has dabbled in with such self-satisfaction, then, is dangerous insofar as it appears to promote the principles of a multicultural worldview that, when push comes to shove, it cannot—and should not—actually support. That is to say, by promoting the idea that individual cultures are the province of those who belong to them, rendering outside judgments about the beliefs and practices in those cultures at best presumptuous and at worst colonialistic (after all, in a world where “truth” is contingent upon the consensus of given interpretive communities, there are no immutable laws beyond those made by fallible man), Western culture has set the stage for its own inevitable hypocrisy when it is forced to draw the line at a point where Otherness is truly, rather than superficially, defined.
Honor killings are one such point. Female circumcisions are another. And both, in my estimation, show up the folly of building a social organization around a principle that must, at some point, be arbitrarily subverted by those who have claimed all along to promote it—else the host culture be forced to surrender to the cultures it has claimed selflessly to accomodate. At which point boutique multiculturalism is replaced by strong multiculturalism, which is the only multiculturalism that carries any real force to begin with.
And strong multiculturalism is, in certain respects, very much akin to the will to power I’ve talked about in terms of interpretive communities and identity politics: for instance, once sharia law is “accepted,” that ascendency would snuff out the rights of those who don’t wish to practice it and would then set itself up as the dominant social narrative. Which is why the Pandora’s Box of strong multiculturalism should never be opened—and why people like myself are wary whenever we see boutique multiculturalists playing around with the latch.
As with many of the essays on this blog, you clearly have limted knowledge of your subject (hate) of the day.
You don't seem to grasp what multiculturalism is, as betrayed by your desperate attempt to conflate unconnected issues such as sharia or, even more despicably, female circumcision with what is, after all, only an intellectual concept of what has been happening for centuries.
I know these things are given out in the wingnut talking points bulletins and all, but is promoting fiction as fact a worthwhile cause to you? Is ignorance of reality a goal?
Melanie Philips is a certifiable nutcase and an unreconstructed racist of the most vile type. She seems to have no conscience with regard to telling outright lies and distortions to turn people against the people she irrationally hates.
Give her a different target and you'd call her a neo-nazi and (rightly) denigrate her.
You are falling into the same trap. Your fear and hatred is irrational or worse.