Friday, 17 September 2010

The Rejection Of Religious Presumptions

"Those who wish that there would be no mosques in America have already lost the argument: Globalization, no less than the promise of American liberty, mandates that the United States will have a Muslim population of some size. The only question, then, is what kind, or rather kinds, of Islam it will follow. There's an excellent chance of a healthy pluralist outcome, but it's very unlikely that this can happen unless, as with their predecessors on these shores, Muslims are compelled to abandon certain presumptions that are exclusive to themselves. The taming and domestication of religion is one of the unceasing chores of civilization. Those who pretend that we can skip this stage in the present case are deluding themselves and asking for trouble not just in the future but in the immediate present."
That's Hitchens on the Western need to demand that Muslims become Westernized, and he is entirely right to stake out that argument; the free exercise of religion must not contradict the basic maxims of Western civilization, particularly the tolerance of others and diverging opinions, the impulse toward criticism and the instinctive respect for the inalienable rights of the individual.


  1. After a couple generations of being indoctrinated with the civilizational nullity of multiculturalism, one wonders if our society will be firm enough on its feet to withstand Islam's demands for a separate public sphere for itself.

  2. Surely the devil was in the details, i.e. in all the little ways in which the misintegration of people drew upon the power of the State?


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