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Being an outsider

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (United Kingdom), Dec 16, 2003 at 09:18

Daniel Pipes is one of the few writers in America and Europe who are not afraid of being outsiders. I am writing from Europe where PC is even stronger than i North America. If Mr. Pipes wrote his books in Europe, he would face censorship. In Britain, he would face legal action. This is because Europe has become very left-wing and dissent is no longer tolerated. From Daniel Pipes's work, I have realized that America is not better off and you have to deal with your own left-wingers. Maybe, you are less afraid of left-wing violence, though. After the collapse of communism, the left-wing has adopted multiculturalism as its new ideology. We are not allowed to ask questions about multiculturalism:

1) Are there alternatives to multiculturalism?
2) Is integration to be preferred to multiculturalism?
3) Should other cultures be integrated into European/American society?
4) Are integrationists "racists"?
5) Does multiculturalism work?
6) Is criticism of Islamic Fundamentalism "Islamophobic"?
7) Has PC gone too far?
8) Is the left-wing too violent?
9) Is multiculturalism beyond debate?
10) Is the left-wing bullying those who favour integration oer multiculturalism?
11) Does criticism of multiculturalism equal racism?
12) Can we develop alternatives ways of integrating other cultures?
13) Can the left-wing accept alternative views?
14) Is the left-wing distorting political debate?
15) Is the far-left fascist?
16) Can criticism of multiculturalism be distinguished from racist criticism of immigrants and Muslims?
17) Is the left-wing relativist?
18) Have we got the right to criticise Islamic Fundamentalists?
19) Is multiculturalism a form of relativism?
20) Can we reform multiculturalism without being racists who oppose all immigration
21) Who gives left-wingers the right to shut down all debates on the Middle East?
22) Who gives left-wingers the right to use violence?
23) What is the difference between the far-left and right-wing extremists?
24) Is a far-left zealot better than a right-wing zealot?
25) Can we have a debate about the Christian roots of Europe/America?
26) Can we respect Muslims and immigrants while keeping an eye on Islamic Fundamentalists?
27) In a multicultural society, do we have to accept the existence of violent organisations?
28) Can the left-wing reform its views on multiculturalism?
29) Does the word 'Islamopobia' include criticism of the radicals?
30) Can the far-left be more tolerant, less violent and less totalitarian?
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