Jun 29, 2007

America: Eyes Wide Shut on Muslim Integration

A recent report entitled "Muslim Integration Crucial to US" released Tuesday that was sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, says that greater U.S. Muslim involvement in the public square is crucial to the nation's security and well-being, and that Muslims are largely responsible for finding ways to make themselves heard.

The bulk of the report however tends to focus on the government and the media's responsibility and role in indoctrinating Americans about the positive aspects of Islam. What should alarm and concern Americans is that the report calls for numerous interventionist policies on behalf of the government that are clearly authoritarian in nature and go against our nation's principles. Needless to say, many of the interventionist policies called for in the report would require to the "assistance" of foreign funded organizations such as to CAIR.

Remember the "cultural sensitivity training", well the report thinks that Americans need more of it. The report also calls for more public statements by senior officials praising the glories of Islam and the Muslims in America and that pesky freedom of speech and the independent media, well they need to be taught "to eliminate or clarify language that conflates Islam or Muslims with fascism or terrorism" and while they are at it, they can "support the training of more Muslim American journalists".

The most heinous aspect of this report however is the implication and thinly veiled threat of what might possibly happen should the government and nation fail to implement the recommendations called for.

"The gathering climate of suspicion and mutual mistrust, exacerbated by the lack of engagement and dialogue, threatens to marginalize and alienate some Muslim Americans to the point where the danger of radicalization of a small minority could become a real possibility," the report says. "It would take only a single, significant act of terrorism in the United States involving Muslim Americans to cement the impression that rampant radicalism has taken root within the community."

Having read the report published by the "Chicago Council on Global Affairs" in it's entirety, I have have filed it under Bravo Sierra where it rightly belongs. I believe there is a better way that does not place an emphasis on the indoctrination of the American people or the placing of Muslim Americans in prominent positions of authority based on their religious beliefs instead of their qualifications.

Having spent the better part of twenty years in Southeast Asia, I have become well versed over the years on multiculturalism and diversity well before it became all the rage in America. Living in such an environment and experiencing it all firsthand as an American gives a clear perspective of what we are up against. It is that "on the ground" experience of mine that I would like to share and that I hope adds to the debate in America.

"Multiculturalism and diversity here are often heralded as the primary catalyst for development, growth and ingenuity both here and abroad. What many in the West fail to understand is that this perceived Utopian society that many in the West wish to emulate would never function without the authoritative measures needed to constantly behind the scenes defuse all the ethnic and religious time bombs present in such a multicultural society." ~ Multiculturalism versus Freedom

"Not unlike the countries in Southeast Asia, America and the West will seriously have to consider implementing further authoritative measures within our own societies in the near future to deal with the revanche of Islamic fundamentalism should we fail to address the political aspirations and aspects of Islam now." ~ The Crossing of the Rubicon

My conclusions were based on my experience and observations over here and that is that Western-Style Democracy combined with the multiculturalism over the "melting pot" approach is not conducive to Muslim integration.

Interestingly enough a speech given only Tuesday in Berlin and Singapore by Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs would lend credence to and support my own conclusions. The speech is not only enlightening and interesting but full of euphemisms unique only to Singapore that require translation which I will be pleased to do in a follow-up to this post.

Further supportive, the decision of whether to support a melting-pot or multicultural approach has developed into an issue of much debate in the last year in both England and France. For example, the French and English governments are currently debating whether Islamic cultural practices and dress conflict with their attempts to form culturally unified countries.

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