How We Got Here
Unfortunately, we are not very wise or intelligent. Yet neither do we easily forebear with those we perceive to be fools. As a result, we can engage in the most inexplicably strange behavior. In the name of tolerance, we can even become intolerant. Such is the intolerance I experienced when I visited Broken Windows at Renegade Press. Check out the comments. When the host could not logically defend his position, he quickly transitioned to an ad hominem attack.
Here is the basic rationale.
You are clearly well versed in Christianity, and I applaud your devotion to its ideals. But you seem to be under the impression that I am here to debate the two faiths with you when all I am trying to do is promote harmony within a volatile world. A world made all the more unstable by people like you who take an idea as pure as faith and run it through the mud. You twist the ‘word of the Lord’ as you call it so as to further your own hatred and spread a message of ignorance. So if you want to be a bigot and a piece of shit you are more than welcome to on your own site. I don’t associate with keyboard warriors that perpetuate hate from the safety and comfort of their own home. If you really believe the words that you write than why hide behind a pseudonym? (from here)
So What Is This About?
So what is this about? As Gregory Koukl explains in The Myth of Tolerance, we have carried “tolerance” to an illogical extreme. Because it requires us to believe there is no truth, it is nonsense to say all religions are the same. Yet that is what multiculturalists want us believe.
Multiculturalism is firmly enthroned in the United States, and it apparently has a stronghold in Australia, Nicholas’ homeland, as well. The state of New South Wales, just south of where Nicholas lives, seems to have the most multicultural resources online. So let’s consider what they call the principles of multiculturalism (from here).
- accepting that we are diverse and that people from diverse communities are free to maintain their own linguistic, religious, racial and ethnic heritage
- sharing democratic values, governed by the rule of law
- creating opportunities for all people to participate in all aspects of public life
- respecting and providing for different cultures, languages and religions, with English recognised as the common language
- providing the greatest possible access to Government programs and services
- promoting and maximising the value of our diverse cultural and linguistic heritage to develop NSW.
Other websites that discuss the Principles of Multiculturalism include:
- Principles of Multiculturalism in the Classroom (www.ehow.com)
- Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs (www.bmcc.edu)
- School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Diversity Within Unity: Essential Principles for Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Society (education.jhu.edu)
The principles promulgated by New South Wales sound very nice, that is foolishly, stupidly, and senselessly nice. There is nothing especially wrong with the first two principles, but:
- Contrary to principle 3, government does not exist to create opportunities for us to participate in public life. That is just a waste of money.
- Principle number 4 contradicts itself. If all cultures are equally wonderful, why does English need to be THE common language? If all cultures, languages, and religions are equally wonderful, why does English have to be favored? Isn’t diversity wonderful? Differences don’t make a difference, right?
- Principle 5 explains what is meant by principle 3. What multiculturalism is about is buying votes.
- Principle 6 is plainly insane. Any cultural group that seeks to maximize the diversity of its cultural heritage for the sake of diversity does not know how to value what is good and trash what is bad.
Multiculturalism is a religion. Multiculturalism promotes what are effectively religious beliefs.
- All religions are the same.
- All cultures are equally good.
- One truth is as good as another.
- Diversity is the highest goal.
- Tolerance is the highest virtue.
- Feelings matter more than reality. Self-esteem is what matters.
Why Do Governments Promote Multiculturalism?
Why promote such nonsensical beliefs? Just think about the rotten education children receive in government-run schools. Unless we were taught to accept such a system, how else could they get away with it?
- If all religions are the same, what do we need a religious education for?
- If all cultures are equally good, what is the point of passing our traditions onto next generation?
- If one truth is as good as another, does it matter what children learn?
- If diversity is the highest goal, then to ensure the highest degree of diversity, government must run our educational system.
- If tolerance is the highest virtue, we can never tell anyone they are wrong. Because we are all sinners we all love this virtue. That’s because no one can tell us we are wrong.
- If feelings matter more than reality, then making people feel good about themselves must be every educator’s most important job.
Multiculturalism gives us an excuse to let government educate our children. Yep! Don’t we want our little dears to be educated in a diverse environment? What does it matter if they don’t learn anything except to love themselves? That’s stupid, right? However, if we never learn anything about God and what He expects from us, why should we care? If we have not been taught the faith of our forebears — if we are ignorant of God’s Word — why we would we insist upon taking responsibility for the education of our own children? That’s a lot of work!
What Should We Do?
If someone who does not believe in either Christianity or Islam says we must treat all religious beliefs as if they are the same, why should we listen to him? Calling it “tolerance” does not change the simple fact that Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and so forth all believe different things.
Our ancestors use to worship wood, stone, and metal idols. Some of them even sacrificed their neighbors to these idols. Are we suppose tolerate that? Just because we show respect for an idol worshiper who believes in human sacrifice does not mean that if given a chance he won’t try sacrifice us to his god.
How people behave depends BOTH upon how we treat them and what those people believe is right, and the recognition of that truth does not make us bigots. In fact, in their hearts multiculturalists realize as much. That’s why multiculturalists fiercely assault anyone who disagrees with the principles of their religion. In their hearts, they know what they believe is a lie. That’s why they shut down any real discussion with so much alacrity.
Think about the number of times you have seen a column like this: Too many universities deal with unpopular speech by banning it (www.washingtontimes.com). When people believe something that makes sense, they are eager to discuss it. However, when they believe a lie, they don’t want to hear a word of disagreement.
Therefore, our job is to learn the truth, tell the truth and live by the truth.
- We must read the Bible, study it carefully, and learn its wisdom.
- We must share the Word of God in fellowship with other Christians and with those unbelievers who are willing to hear.
- We must live by what the Bible teaches. That includes making certain our children receive a proper education that includes Biblical instruction.
- We must forebear with the disagreement of those disagree with us. That does not mean we should pretend the disagreement does not exist or that it has no consequences.
What we believe affects how we behave. Otherwise, we do not truly believe what we say we believe.
Other Examples Of Multicultural Babble
- Western Christian stereotyping of Islam is at best, ignorant, and more likely hypocritical and bigot (www.abovetopsecret.com) and The Truth is, Religious Bigots, if Islam is Not a Religion, Neither is Christianity (www.politicususa.com): Here are examples of how defense of Islam by a multiculturalist quickly degenerates into an ignorant attack upon Christians and Jews.
- THE NATURE OF RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY. An essay by Swain and Eric Wodening (www.religioustolerance.org): Here we have the multiculturalist’s definition of a bigot.
- A new low in anti-Muslim American bias (www.cnn.com): I don’t know anything about Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett, but I think that the video of British Prime Minister David Cameron castigating ISIS severely weakens his case. Of course, Cameron begins by saying that the Muslims in ISIS are not Muslims. Nope, Islam is the religion of peace.
- Prejudices about Islam will be shaken by this show (www.theguardian.com): Here we have an article that proclaims the religious tolerance of Islam. When Muhammad took over Mecca, he managed to do it peacefully. Of course, he was born there. Medina, however, is where he first established his base of operations.
Once it was clear the Jews would not accept him, Muhammad began to minimize or eliminate the Jewish influence on his beliefs. For example, he shifted the direction of prayers from Jerusalem to Mecca, made Friday his special day of prayer, and renounced the Jewish dietary laws (except for the prohibition on eating pork). Originally, he said the Arabs were descendants of Abraham through his son Ishmael, but in the Koran Abraham’s connection to the Jews is denied, with Muhammad asserting that Abraham is only the patriarch of Islam, not Judaism as well, because he “surrendered himself to Allah.”
One of the immediate consequences of Muhammad’s frustration was the expulsion of two Jewish tribes from Medina and the murder of all the members of a third Jewish tribe (except for the women and children, who were sold into slavery). But even worse for the long-term treatment of the Jews were a number of inflammatory statements about Jews that Muhammad made that appear in the Koran — which, over the years, stoked Arab/Islamic anti-Semitism. (from here)
- CAIR: Franklin Graham Repeats Attack on Islam (www.prnewswire.com): Here we have an example of how CAIR attacks those who speak the truth about Islam. Listen to the video.