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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Fighting back against multiculturalism

I've always had the jaundiced eye whenever I hear the terms "multiculturalism" and "diversity". So I had a particular pleasure when a German judge tried to use the Koran (and I use that spelling intentionally) to justify a ruling in a divorce case. There was outrage and the judge was removed from the case. Over at FrontPage, they wrote:

Judge Datz-Winter’s decision caused a furor in Germany, and she was quickly removed from the case. That may be one small sign that Europe is inching toward throwing off its multiculturalist blinders and recovering the spirit of General Sir Charles James Napier, the British Commander-in-Chief in India from 1849 to 1851. It is said that a Hindu delegation protested against the British prohibition of sati, the practice of burning a widow to death on her husband’s funeral pyre, by telling Napier that it was part of their cultural custom. Napier famously responded: "You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."

Time for more people to think, and act, like Napier.

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