Read on…

I stumbled across this interesting opinion piece recently:

I didn’t mean cultural relativism was the cause of the problem in Islam. I meant it was the source of weakness for the West in dealing with the problems of Islam. There is this quaint view that’s coalesced over the last 30 years especially that you mustn’t challenge anybody’s cultural mores, and in tandem with that, if you live a model left-wing lifestyle, that other cultures will be amazed at how open minded and hip you are, and reward your “respect” with a reciprocal respect for your own lifestyle, culture and ideology and – as a result – we will all live in a multicultural paradise.

This is, of course, bullshit.

The rest of it is here.

I think the author has a valid point. However, it’s not a very pragmatic point. If you enter a meeting to strategise about immigration, assimilation and population change with the quoted premise above, it’s unlikely you’ll get far. It might not be fair or equal to either culture to be more tolerant than them…but it’s certainly causes less friction.

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3 Responses to Read on…

  1. Abu Chowdah says:

    “However, it’s not a very pragmatic point. If you enter a meeting to strategise about immigration, assimilation and population change with the quoted premise above, it’s unlikely you’ll get far.”

    I wasn’t being pessimistic, merely realistic. My stance isn’t anti-immigration – it’s anti-ignorance. Unless you understand the ideology and implications how can you make policy and law?

    It’s entirely pragmatic to remove the rose coloured glasses of cultural relativism and take a cold, hard look at reality.

  2. Oskar says:

    “but it’s certainly causes less friction”
    Reuben, are you telling me that ‘tolerating’ a group of people who have sworn to kill members of all other groups would be causing less friction?

  3. Reuben says:

    My point was, Abu, that disadvantaging ourselves might be the only way to reconcile with the Islamic world. It’ll be no easy feat.

    Oskar: intolerating them has so far spurned more terrorists. Though certainly I don’t see it feasible to ‘tolerate’ them either.

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