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Monday, October 22, 2007

Rabbi Sacks vs Multiculturism

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Headline: U.K. chief rabbi: Multiculturalism is a threat to liberal democracy

Rabbi Sacks seems to think women have a different culture, like Hindus or Muslims. Some of what he said needed to be said, though perhaps a rabbi is not the person to say it:
 
Multiculturalism promotes segregation, stifles free speech and threatens liberal democracy, Britain's top Jewish official warned in extracts from his book published Saturday.

Jonathan Sacks, Britain's chief rabbi, defined multiculturalism as an attempt to affirm Britain's diverse communities and make ethnic and religious minorities more appreciated and respected. But in his book, "The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society," he said the movement had run its course.

"Multiculturalism has led not to integration but to segregation," Sacks wrote in his book, an extract of which was published in the Times of London. 

"Liberal democracy is in danger," Sacks said, adding later: "The politics of freedom risks descending into the politics of fear."

Sacks said Britain's politics had been poisoned by the rise of identity politics, as minorities and aggrieved groups jockeyed first for rights, then for special treatment.

The process, he said, began with Jews, before being taken up by blacks, women and gays. He said the effect had been inexorably divisive.

Blacks, Jews, Gays?? How strange that he left out Muslims! Also strange to think of women as a separate culture. But shorn of the intellectual confusion, there is a point to considering that the mutli-cultural segmented society (a Middle Eastern model) is not conducive to an integrated and egalitarian society. It is a medieval model. Hassidic rabbis and Imams take note.
 
Ami Isseroff


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