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Friday, August 12, 2005

Britons Support Multiculturalism

One of the most interesting topics of discussion following the terrorist bombings in London is whether multiculturalism poses a threat to British security, given the argument that the homegrown terrorism witnessed on 7/7 was a product of Muslim kids who were not sufficiently integrated into British society and were thus vulnerable to the preachings of Islamic radicals [see, previous posts here, here, and here].

For example, some contend that "multiculturalism is no longer the way forward and we must pursue integration in the UK."), while others counter that there was "no contradiction" between having a multicultural society and achieving integration.

The results of a new poll, conducted for the BBC, indicate that
  • 62 percent of the general public and 87 percent of British Muslims surveyed had favorable views of multiculturalism
  • one-third of the general public felt multiculturalism to be a threat
  • 54 percent agreed that "parts of the country don't feel like Britain any more because of immigration

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