Failed multiculturalism behind rise of Muslim radicalisation in Britain: Cameron

Saturday, February 5, 2011

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron would reportedly criticise “state multiculturalism” in his first speech on radicalisation and would emphasise on the need of a stronger national identity to stop young Muslims being radicalised and tempted into terrorism.

Different cultures are encouraged to live apart, and objectionable views met with “passive tolerance”, he will say.

Cameron would also indicate a tougher action against some Muslim groups who receive public money, but do little to tackle extremism, the BBC reports.

Besides, he will urge ministers to refuse to share platforms or engage with such groups, adding that such groups should be denied access to public funds and stopped from preaching their messages in universities and prisons.

“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism. Let’s properly judge these organisations: Do they believe in universal human rights - including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?” Cameron will say.These are the sorts of questions we need to ask. Fail these tests and the presumption should be not to engage with organisations,” he will add.he Prime Minister will also distinguish between the Islam religion and “Islamist extremism”, which according to him is a political ideology that attracts people who feel “rootless” within their own countries.

“We need to be clear: Islamist extremism and Islam are not the same thing,” Cameron will add. (ANI)

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