Multiculturalism has been murdered by the very people it was designed to help: immigrants. Brain child of European and American socialists, multiculturalism was to bring peace to immigrant peoples by declaring all creeds and cultures equally valid and honorable. Alien ideas would be protected and encouraged by previously nearly homogeneous societies that sought Philadelphian brotherhood.
Europe embraced multiculturalism with sympathetic immigration policies and legislation allowing polygamy and other cultural practices generally discouraged among Europeans. The first result was colorful restaurants, but quickly they faced self-made ethnic ghettos and demands that the country adopt minority ethics. The historically tolerant Dutch fought back after seeing film makers murdered, politicians threatened, and the Hague declared “Jihad City.”
France, even before the Charlie Hebdo attack, has been trying to reign in its alien population’s propensity to draw away from the government and culture that shelters it. Right-wing opponents advocate anti-Muslim measures and march in protest like Hitler’s brown shirts defaming Jews. Can violence be far behind? Europe models the future of multiculturalism for the US: division, unthinking hatred, violence. We must avoid that. It is appropriate to note cultural differences but not import them. As the Dutch learned: tolerance ignores differences, multiculturalism makes an issue of them. We need to help our immigrants assimilate through language and teaching why our history led us to our exceptional place in the world. We need to reject the voices of seventh century religious practices as we have rejected seventh century science, medicine and politics.
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