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Amir and multiculturalism

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Feb 23, 2006 at 16:35

Both Europe and America call themselves "multicultural societies". In America, the largest minority is Mexican Catholics whereas in Europe it is Muslims. There are 20 million Muslims in Europe and I hope they are not all like Amir, because, if they are, then we are in big trouble. If they are like Amir, then we have got to kick them out. Multiculturalism is an anti-European ideology which opposes Euro-centric values. It is an anti-Western ideology based on the assumption that Europe is composed of different ethinc groups and that European culture has always suppressed all others.

This set of beliefs is justified by a sense of guilt due to European colonialism and imperialism in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. According to this belief, we must put up with Amir because we colonised the Middle East in the past. European imperialism is seen as the source of all evil, whereas non-Wester cultures are good. Therefore, according to this ideology, nobody can ask Amir to go back to his country, because we colonized his country and because his culture is different. Well, I am sorry, but I don't feel guilty if I ask Amir to go back to his country. I feel physically sick if I think that there might be millions of people, in Europe, who share Amir's views. It is better for them to pack their things and leave. Leave now, before they can cause trouble.
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