Thursday, March 15, 2007

Multiculturalism And Islamism

A school in Yorkshire has decided to rename the story of the Three Little Pigs to Three Little Puppies so as not to offend Muslims. The decision has been roundly criticised. Let's just take a quick look at some of the quotes (from The Daily Mail).

The headteacher said, "We have to be sensitive if we want to be multi-cultural", clearly stating that this decision was about multi-culturalism and reinforcing the fact that multiculturalism doesn't produce many cultures living within the host culture but rather the erosion of the host culture.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra from the Muslim Council of Britain said, "Every time we get these stories Muslims are seen more and more as misfits. We have to accept there's a predominant culture here." That first sentence leaves doubt over the sincerity of the second sentence. Is he condemning it because Muslims should bend to British culture or because such stories make Muslims look bad?

And a local paper reports:

Clr Terry Lyons was upset to learn of the decision. The independent, whose ward includes Honley, said: "I can't believe that Muslims would be offended by this. This is pandering to a few extremists."

Clr Lyons believes the people who made the decision may have been influenced by the controversy surrounding the sacking of teaching assistant Aishah Azmi in Dewsbury last year. He said: "There's an element of fear evident since the veil dispute and I don't think that's healthy."

So, we have a mixture of multiculturalism and radical Islamism. Multiculturalism which insists on the removal of the predominant culture in the face of any other. And Islamism instilling fear in the decision makers.