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Submitted by Sidda (United States), Nov 8, 2005 at 14:42

Multi-culturalism only works when the immigrant groups do not adhere to values which are diametrically opposed to the core values of the host country. In our Western societies, the values of religious tolerance, separation of state from religion, individual rights, women's rights, are the norms. Immigrants who already share these values or who can internalize them can positively contribute to these societies. However, immigrants who reject these core values will be a problem.

Islam is not simply a religion as we in the West understand religion. It is a comprehensive political, economic, and social belief system. There is no separation of mosque and state in pure Islam under Sharia Law. Take a look at what Islam says about the rights of women and the individual. How about the separation of the world into two separate groups--the Land of Islam and the Land of Unbelievers.

Anyone ready to pay a poll tax and assume second class dhimmi status because they are not Muslim? Are these values compatible with those in modern Western civilization? If not, what is the risk of allowing unfettered Muslim immigration into Western lands? CAIR has already stated that it is their goal to see the U.S. constitution replaced with Sharia Law. I'm not down with that.
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