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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Londonistan

Multiculturalism sounds good. It is about being accepting of other cultures and views and being inclusive. That is all good. But multiculturalism falls on its face when confronted with radical Islam, which advocates Sharia law and the suppression of individual liberty.

While libertarians accept the right of every individual to lead the life that he or she chooses, we do not accept any right to oppress others. I don't care what anyone else does, but I would rather die than have to wear a burkha, and the Taliban would probably quickly ensure that fate by taking me to a soccer stadium and shooting me in the head, as they did the woman in the above pic.

England is multicultural, and not libertarian. Commentary Magazine has a great review of the book Londonistan by Melanie Phillips that exposes the flaws in multiculturalism and the dangers that it poses to the UK and around the globe.
Phillips’s deeper concern is to show how her country reached this pass in its attitudes toward Islamic extremism. The culprit, she believes, is the ideological constellation consisting of multiculturalism, moral and epistemological relativism, and a perverted notion of human rights—all of which have served to “hollow out” traditional British culture.
Muslims in Canada are allowed to practice Sharia law in that country.
While no one here expects the increasing use of sharia to lead to some of the more radical rulings associated with Islamic law - stonings or amputations - critics worry that the rights of women are being sacrificed for the sake of multiculturalism.
In an insane display of multiculturalism, CBC News in Canada has this on their web site:
Why have Shariah law in Canada?
Many Muslims believe that because Canada is a secular country, its secular legal system makes it difficult for them to govern themselves by the personal laws of their own religion. For instance, Canada's marriage and divorce laws differ from Muslim law.

It can be important for a Muslim to be granted a divorce under Muslim law, especially if he or she intends to move to a Muslim country in the future and remarry.
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