Why multicultural societies that accept Shariah laws will fail
Nonday, October 18, 2010
By Sheda Vasseghi
In her recent speech, Germany’s Chancellor Merkel stated that creating a happy, productive multicultural society in Germany “has failed, totally.”
The Honorable Chancellor Merkel is only partially correct. It is not the idea of a multicultural society that has failed, but a society’s inability to define multiculturalism, and
Iranian women pose problems for the mullahs.
subsequently protect the boundaries that maintain the relative peace and productivity brought about by implementing it.
The concept of a multicultural society in which peoples of different backgrounds and beliefs live in unity and peace is not a modern phenomenon. Its first inception was the creation of the chaemenid Persian Empire (550-330 BC). Leaders of the 18th century Age of Enlightenment were well aware of the foundation of the Persian Empire and its satrapal organization in relation to modernization and progress. What seems to be skewed today is the 21st century leaders’ lack of introduction to, or notation of, the legacy of the Persian Empire and its ability to successfully manage an ancient multicultural realm (approx. 3,000,000 square miles) for over two centuries.
The key to its success was the central government’s (Persian authorities) ability to recognize that freedom of religion which to some extent promoted separation of church and state did not mean religious beliefs could be used by a group to cause political, social and economic unrest. In that regard, the Persian central government and satrapal management, generally liberal compared to their contemporaries, would immediately react.
Fast forward 2500 years, and the Free World is trying to figure out why their multicultural societies are having issues. The reason for concern appears to be that the Free World has not defined, or is unwilling to define, that which is necessary for a healthy and successful multicultural society.
The main ingredient for a democracy to exist and thrive is the ability and resolve for the central government – in this case, Germany – to recognize and call out foreign beliefs that are incompatible and unable to assimilate with the adoptive society. Cultures and beliefs that are incompatible will eventually cause enough stress to break down a functioning, modern society.
Ironically, it appears majority of the population of the Free World gets it. Why doesn’t the leadership?
During the past decades, an influx of immigrants to Germany have been from Muslim countries especially Turkey.
Islam by its foundation is anti-culture, because Islamic doctrine does not recognize any belief or culture prior to Islam. Nor does it recognize nationality. Nothing is considered more valuable than the Koran, and records prior to the Koran or in opposition to the Sharia Laws are violently rejected.
Women’s roles and conditions in Islamic societies are without a doubt unacceptable, unbelievable and unbearable. The only women subdued by these misogynistic laws, who have been brave enough to fight an illegitimate Islamic regime, are Iranian women. Albeit small pockets of opposition, no other Islamic nation has to date shown a majority, unified resistance by its female population against Sharia laws.
Even in the Age of Information, where many Muslims are quite aware of the living status and rights of women in non-Islamic nations, it is interesting that more women are not joining the ranks of Iranian women in their rejection of medieval Sharia laws. The only explanation is that their culture as a whole is supportive of this 7th century mentality, and help their oppressive regimes in holding back half the population based on their gender. This is clearly due to lack of sufficient education and desire to progress socially.
As long as Islam remains disrespectful of peoples’ beliefs, culture, gender, and free will, the majority of Muslim communities migrating to western democracies including Germany will not be able to cope and assimilate with the adoptive society’s multicultural theme. A minority to this tendency are Iranians given their ancestral philosophy incorporating individuality and choice. Despite pressures from Islamic teachings, the majority of Iranians have retained their modern-thinking and assimilation capabilities.
So it is not the concept of multicultural society that has failed, but the leaders of the Free World, who did not or would not recognize the meaning of Islamism. Additionally, remaining silent or maintaining a level of political correctness in fear of retaliation or offense has accelerated the downfall of the social goal of the Free World. Perhaps to avoid this pitfall, it is helpful to remember that the truth hurts.
The sooner the Free World tackles Islamism and Sharia Laws and any other immigrant groups that plan to ignore the laws, rules and foundation of their adopting nation, the less likely peoples of the Free World will experience the “fall of the Roman Empire.” Just look at Iranians!
Despite 31 years of imposed Sharia Laws, Iranians know it is not their 2500 years of multiculturalism that’s at issue, but a foreign ideology that refuses to assimilate with their culture and beliefs, effectively blocking the nation’s advancement. If the leaders of the Free World follow suit and unite with the people of Iran in rejecting and tackling Islamism as an anti-culture ideology, the world including Germany will be able to overcome the social threats and negative impact it is currently facing.
Sheda Vasseghi is a member of the Board of Azadegan Foundation and persepolis3d.com. She is a regular contributor on Iran’s affairs./font>
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