Saturday, February 5, 2011

David Cameron denounced the failure of multiculturalism in Britain

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2010, on Saturday denounced the failure of multiculturalism policy in his country, calling for better integrate young Muslims to fight against extremism. Mr Cameron's statements before the Munich Conference on Security mark an important change in British policy towards ethnic and religious minorities.
British Prime Minister took the view that "tolerance" towards those who reject Western values failed. He pleaded for "a liberalism more active, more muscular" to actively promote equality of rights, the rule of law, freedom of expression and democracy, strengthen national identity in Britain. "If we are to defeat this threat, I think it's time to turn the page of past policies that have failed," he said, referring to Islamic extremism in the country. His comments came after those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself had ruled in November that multiculturalism had failed and that Germany had not done enough to integrate its immigrants. "For years, decades, the approach was that integration was not something he was promoting, people would live next to each other (...) This proved false" , "she said. Saturday coincidentally sitting next to Ms Merkel at the same forum, Mr Cameron delivered his first major speech on Islamic extremism. The topic of great concern to British governments since the suicide bombings by four young Muslims raised in Britain, which killed 52 people in 2005 in London transport. "With the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we encourage different cultures to live apart from each other" and the rest of the population, said Mr Cameron, who took office in May 2010. This led, he said, was a lack of national identity in Britain that has brought young Muslims to turn to extremist ideology. "Frankly, we need much less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a lot more liberal, active and muscular," he said. "A tolerant society passively told its citizens: as long as you respect the law, we leave you alone," said Mr Cameron. "A country that really does a lot more liberal. He believes in certain values and actively promotes (...) He told his people: this is what defines us as a society," he said. Mr Cameron made a clear distinction between Islam as a religion and political ideology of Islamist extremists: "This is not the same thing," he said. However, he criticized the ambiguity of the Western values of certain non-violent stand as a link with the Muslim community, saying they should no longer receive public funds and not be allowed on university campuses.

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