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What the heck IS Multiculturalism?

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Submitted by Daisy (United States), Nov 8, 2005 at 16:46

"Multiculturalism" is the deficient social substitute of false "culture worship" for tolerance of religious pluralism; we have stupidly allowed multiculturalism to substitute its inferior self for religious pluralism. Religious pluralism is a foundational platform of tolerance forming American culture and we are in danger of losing this valuable tolerance to something bogus.

When, not too awfully long ago, religion practice was not considered a déclassé expression of cultural mores, this distinction would not have been necessary. Today, when superstitious atheism has been allowed to be seen as having equal social/moral value as religious faith, "ethnic diversity" is expected to fill the cultural void left when religion itself becomes socially degraded. This is a terrifically confused mistake since ethnicity is a given while cultivation of religious practice is a choice.

We are simply born with an ancestral background. Among a few other things, it makes for nice menu choices in restaurants in the free world. Faith, however, is not the same as ethnicity. Ethnicity and religious persuasion are certainly correlated. Religious practice is a part of any given culture. What we are expected to buy with multiculturalism is respect for cultures -- minus their religions. I, for one, am not falling for the line that socially and spiritually inept people have proposed for way too long: "Multiculturalism" is a ridiculous proposal since it's a given and not a choice. However, freedom of religious practice and the tolerance that goes with it? Now we're talking.

The Islamists have been taking advantage of the loss of respect for religious practice that's been occurring for some time in the Western world and we are in danger of having their awful ideology take hold under the falsity of 'cultural tolerance'. We can mend our ripped social fabric by re-instating (actual) religion to the dominant position it deserves to have in our culture and not allow for the bogus notion of "Multiculturalism" to take the place of respect for religion and the profoundly wise American practice of tolerance for religious pluralism. One culture, many faiths .. sound familiar? That was the USA within my lifetime. It could disappear unless we call it back with humility. Our religious institutions don't have to be any more perfect than we are, do they?

France is probably doomed. The combination of French insistence upon antisocial atheistic secularism and Muslim intolerance for just about everything is, in my opinion, lethal. I hope I'm wrong. We shall see.
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