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Safraz, again.

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Submitted by Daisy (United States), Oct 23, 2006 at 17:04

Safraz, Your statement, "For the record I believe one of the greatest things about America is its multiculturalism and how we manage to balance so many varying cultures within the overarching American culture." sheds light on a fundamental problem I believe you have in understanding the culture of the USA.

Put most directly, America is NOT a multicultural society. We don't need to 'balance so many varying cultures' ... that would be Europe's problem .. not ours (and it's a problem that stems from colonialism .. something that the USA has never practiced). We have one culture in which the task for the immigrant is to amalgamate .. not to stay distinct. Once amalgamated, the strengths of many become the strength of one nation, united for all.

Of course, if you have immigrated to the USA within the past 20 years, one must practice compassion for your lack of understanding of the basic culture of the US .. which has been hidden by cultural relativism, the religion of victimology (identified by the bogus value of 'diversity' .. which is a fact of life - not a goal - in a free society). You really must learn the actual history of the USA if you are to understand properly the fact that We Are One Nation, Under God, Indivisible - With Liberty and Justice for All.

It is one's basic patriotic duty to understand, value and practice the culture of this country. Practicing freedom is the best preventative to allowing a majority to dominate. Your idea of a 'majority culture' is part of victimology's mythology. In this country, victims create their own 'majority' culture in a never-ending power struggle that has more to do with laziness of spirit and irresponsibility .. a basic failure to practice free choice .. than anything else. I really don't want to hear about the 'majority culture' .. it's a victim's boring conspiracy theory. In the USA, your life is as free as you make it - so make your life free.

You talk about the struggle for ownership within Islam for Islam .. and I say, fine, go ahead and struggle. Untangle things within Islam all you want - separate the false fatwahs from the true all you want. Just don't ask me .. or anyone else who is not a member of your religion .. to get into your fatwah making process with you or to pay attention to your fatwahs. Fatwahs are NOT the law of our land ... for anyone .. including Muslims. The law of our land is civil law .. and this is what Americans must stand with .. no matter their faith. We do not have Sharia law for some and civil law for others.

We are one culture .. not multicultural .. and we are under one law .. not multi-law. Stand up in solidarity with the values of freedom and civil justice; in this way you will do much to create the moderate Islam you seem to be struggling to bring into existence.

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