In today’s society, it is shocking how much emphasis is placed on the cultures and religions of minorities living in our countries. Multiculturalism and political correctness have become the new faith and morality in our nations. In schools, most teachers are either in collusion or individually trying to accommodate each and every little minority culture. It’s gotten to the point that it’s not so much a matter of what the national identity and culture is, but whether or not we even still have one.
The way that we celebrate minority cultures is nothing less than that becoming apologetic about the majority mainstream culture. In that sense, we’ve come to neglect our own culture and we assume that it will always be there. But like anything not cherished, that’s never a given. When we bend over backwards to pay attention to minority cultures, it has a negative effect on white children, making them feel culturally insignificant.
Perhaps the greatest impact, however, is felt in the area of religion. Teachers instruct the children in up to six different religions’ holidays and only give equal, not greater weight, to Christianity. In fact, Christian families seem to be the least religious and their knowledge of Christianity is abysmal. In contrast, the Muslim and Hindu families have religion as the central plank of their entire lives.
Canada’s policy of multiculturalism puts greater emphasis on the “rights of newcomers” than “their obligations to Canada” (Edmonton Journal, March 1). This ideology encourages refugees and immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring nations to treat Canada “as a convenient and generous base from which to engage in or mount support for their favorite conflicts abroad.
Britain also has promoted a multicultural society that shuns the idea of imposing a single British identity on the nation. However, this policy of promoting ethnic and cultural diversity has actually segregated ethnic minorities. Britain is promoting multiculturalism to the point where it is abandoning British culture and not preventing crimes from being committed in immigrant communities for fear of offending someone.
In that sense, multiculturalism is the enemy of a clear sense of national identity and collective strength. Its main thrust is how to help new arrivals grab everything society has to offer—schools, medical treatment, the minimum wage, advice on human or welfare rights. The duties of a citizen are included as an after-thought to these ‘rights.
But citizenship is not about what the country owes to an individual, but what an individual owes to the country. So it isn’t about rights at all. It is principally about obligations—to fellow citizens, to the law and to the nation. Any benefits should derive from first meeting those obligations.
That statement may make some bleeding-heart liberal teachers faint, but it’s the truth nonetheless.
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