Saturday, November 06, 2004

The limits of multiculturalism

The murder of Theo van Gogh is indicative of a problem with consequences further afield than Holland. Peaktalk has a translation of the murder note on the body (I don't know if this is genuine) and links to other articles.
Freedom of speech is vital to a free society but free action is not. There are limits, and if you cannot respect these limits you ought to be removed from society.
Whether it is a thief who ends up in prison or a fundamentalist who seeks to forcefully convert society to his ideology and ends up deported or in prison, the benefits of a free society are conditional on adherence to the values of that society.
A political ideology that trumps the coherence of a free society with unthinking pluralistic respect and deference is dangerous.

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