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Re James Fulford's Blog Post
Tony Blair Declares Multiculturalism Over
From Michael Ståhlberg, Tyresö, Sweden
The Daily Telegraph interprets the speech by
Tony Blair on multiculturalism and integration as a
sharp break with previous policies. [Has
Blair seen the multiculturalism light?, Daily
Telegraph, December 9, 2006]. But I find
several problems with that interpretation:
- Blair appears to praise affirmative action
measures for minorities and infringements on free
speech, in the name of fighting intolerance among
Muslims by cracking down equally on
whites, causing uncertainty about what's allowed
by law to utter on sensitive subjects.
- His government made a serious attack on free
speech by trying to
outlaw religious jokes that could offend
Muslims. The measure was defeated in the parliament
House of Lords, I think) after a campaign
spearheaded by comedians
Rowan Atkinson and
- He paints an untrue division between a small
fringe of Muslim extremists and the vast majority of
supposedly moderate Muslims. That beautiful picture
is contradicted by a
poll published in the Daily Telegraph,
showing that 40 percent of British Muslims favor
shar'ia laws above British law.
- Blair praises the Tories for not
"playing the race card". He says that that
doesn't include discussing rules for immigration.
But does that license extend to proposing drastic
cuts in immigration or is such at proposal viewed as
"playing the race card"?
- Blair's own Iraq policy has contributed more
than anything to put British citizens at risk when
it comes Islamic terrorism.
- Of course, to the eternal shame of the Tories,
they stood behind Blair when he helped Uncle Sam
invade Iraq and alienate the majority of the world's
Muslims, which is probably why the Telegraph
Neocons everywhere, Sweden no exception, will of
course ignore all the points I've made above and give
their full, hypocritical assent to every word in the
P.S. "Inciting hatred" is a
crime nowadays. Now what exactly how do you avoid
"inciting hatred"? If you point out that 40% of
Britain's Muslims in a poll this year wanted shar'ia
laws in Britain, you most certainly incite negative
feelings toward almost half the British Muslim
population. Inciting negative feelings toward such a
large group could reasonably be called "inciting
hatred". What else can it mean? Which raises the
question: can you feel safe from prosecution if you
mention this broad support for shar'ia laws?
Is there a risk that a citizen of another country
within the EU can be extradited to Britain, should a
prosecutor there deem his/her mentioning it to be
incitement to hatred?
Thanks to the
European arrest warrant,
for a citizen of another country within the EU to be
extradited to your country for what is a crime in
your country but not in the other country.
Shari'a Swim in the UK, from the Brussels
Fulford writes: I
wrote that "You can read
full text of the speech
and find much to disagree with."
Michael Ståhlberg has done a good
job of pointing out what there is to disagree with. The
speech still shows progress.