Let me make it clear that I am an American who has never been to the UK. The views being expressed are based solely upon the Britons I have spoken
with and news reports from the UK.
There is naturally going to be conflict in a society where you have more than one culture in play. Some different cultures can actually co-operate
such as if the UK were to have an influx of Norwegian, Dutch, or Danes bringing with them their cultures. There will be certain tensions but the
results will be relative peace. Why is that? The similarities in cultures result in less conflict.
Imagine it this way. Two people stand on opposite sides of a table with a handful of pebbles. Each at the same time throws their pebbles on the table
with a fair amount of force. Many of the pebbles will hit each other; some will reach the other side without impact. If side A (England) were to throw
its pebbles all 2 cm in width, at the same time as side B (Hungary) threw its pebbles with varying size from 2 cm to 4 cm in width, what would be the
result? Obviously the smaller Hungarian pebbles will pass with more ease; these would be minor cultural differences such as cuisine, work ethic,
etc... The larger Hungarian pebbles would be more likely to hit the English pebbles; these would be larger cultural differences such as religion,
views on social issues, etc... Now imagine the same experiment being conducted between British and Moslem immigrants. The Moslem immigrants will have
much larger pebbles than 2 cm because of the greater magnitude of difference between the two cultures; therefore more conflict is likely to ensue.
People argue for multiculturalism on the grounds that culture can be universalized. The British culture is easily adoptable or tolerable by anyone
from any corner of the globe so long as they want to adopt or tolerate it. That is a necessary axiom in the fight for multiculturalism. But is there a
logical basis for this axiom? How can we prove that the majority, not working on a case-by-case basis, of people from around the world can
successfully live in the UK retaining their culture while at the same time living alongside not only the native culture but other foreign cultures?
Thus far there have been no known scientific studies to prove this, instead you are the studies. If we were to take history into consideration (which
no one cares to do) it clearly reveals that only in rare instances can different cultures live together in peace for long. Typically, even in such
instances, there is an external factor such as in Moslem nations during the Middle Ages when Jews and Christians were allowed their cultures but
treated as dhimmis. Or in places where it was necessary to present a temporary, unified force against a mutual enemy.
Culture is itself a word derived from the phrase used by Cicero, “cultura animi”. This means ‘cultivation of the soul’. Therefore, a culture
is defined by its spiritual/religious principles. It is for that reason Islam is having a particularly tough time fitting into British society. When
people thought of multiculturalism they assumed it would work like in America. Although we have our own problems with multiculturalism, Western Europe
is having a particularly tough time because they are truly experiencing multiculturalism. Islam is being brought into a historically Christian,
modernly Secular culture and being told to live peacefully alongside it. However, culture does not work that way, especially not Islam. We must not
forget that what makes that religion particularly unique is that its political and social system is intimately connected to its theological system;
this is largely due to their founder (Mohammed) having been a military and political leader. He instructed his followers not only on the
‘cultivation of the soul’ in a private sense but extended it to all aspects of one’s life. One, then, cannot be both a true Moslem and adhere to
the British political system. Their loyalty, by nature of their religion, is to their faith first.
Northern Europe is particularly unprepared for this and is having a difficult time understanding the conflict because of its Protestant roots. In
Protestantism faith, and the practice thereof, was largely considered to be a private affair. There were no official middle-men between man and God as
in Roman Catholicism. The concepts of individualism, private practice of religion, right to privacy, ‘a man’s home is his castle’, are all tied
into the Protestantism of Northern Europe’s past. They felt that all religions were similar to Protestantism in that they could and should be
practiced in private without the adherent coming into conflict with his religion’s principles. This is wrong and is being proven wrong right now.
Roman Catholicism taught that man was a social creature by nature and that the world around him, for man to live any semblance of a good life, needed
the social atmosphere to be in-line with the faith. This was a leading cause of conflict between Protestants and Catholics before WWII in America.
Islam agrees with Catholicism in that regard but then goes a step further by expanding upon the intricacies of state; whereas Catholicism seeks an
atmosphere in agreement with its faith, Islam demands a political system in agreement with its faith.
The United Kingdom is realizing, even with a Moslem population of less than 5%, that it is not capable of living side-by-side with another culture. We
believe our ancestors to have been fools for having fought over religion when they were really fighting over culture. We do not fight wars in the ME
to export Christianity; we fight it to export our culture. In the past we fought to export Christianity because it was our culture. When a person
advocates for ‘human rights’, ‘democracy’, ‘equality’, ‘freedom’, etc... Abroad, they are pushing for the expansion of Western culture
into foreign lands; a cultural imperialism. This is no different from our ancestors who fought to expand Christianity. The only difference is that
more people like the modern culture of the West than the older Christian one. If we understand and accept that, we must also accept that Islam is
doing the same thing. Moslems are vehemently advancing their culture. When they celebrate their culture in England, Germany, France, Sweden, etc...
They are celebrating the advance of their culture. With every convert to Islam they celebrate their advance. And with every Moslem convert to Western
culture they strike out as they lost a member of their culture; a member of the never-ending war that forever has and forever will shape human
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