Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The right response to multi-culti BS

Betsy has a great post on the proper interaction of cultures:
What cowardice to surrender your own culture's beliefs in protecting victims from violence simply because you want to respect the hallowed idea of multiculturalism.

I prefer the response of General Sir Charles Napier who had this response to complaints in India that he wasn't respecting local culture when the British outlawed the practice of suttee in which widows were forced to cast themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands.

"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."

Sadly, European politicians don't have that same confidence in their own culture today.


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