This article shows Islam’s use of the West’s own terms in order to subvert it.
Limits To Multiculturalism Or The Revenge of Montezuma
We often hear, especially from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), that ‘there are limits to freedom of expression’ but we do not see similar calls about religion or indeed multiculturalism. However, it is freedom of expression that guarantees freedom of religion and not the other way around. It is freedom of expression that is the very basis of a multicultural society. This article will explore the issue of moral limits to multiculturalism.
The OIC which arguably represents the Islamic Ummah has been depicting itself as a shining beacon of human rights good practice. It claims to be a promoter of religious tolerance despite the extremely poor record of many of its own member states in this regard. It does this in order to exploit the laudable and morally correct desire of Western countries to be tolerant and inclusive. Multiculturalism is a word that is used to define and formalise this desire, though there is no precise legal definition of the term. In many ways, this lack of precision allows individuals to project their own ideas about the meaning onto the word and thus allows the politically unscrupulous playing by ‘Alinksey’s Rules’ to mislead the public.
Despite OIC rhetoric, the poor human rights record and poor record of religious tolerance of many OIC countries comes as no surprise to the intelligent and informed observer. The OIC admits in its own 1990 Cairo Declaration that all human rights are subject to sharia, and this of course would include freedom of religion. Article 24 of the Declaration clearly states:
“All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah.”