Liberal intellectuals are frightened of confronting Islam’s honour-shame culture

From The Telegraph

Islam displays its honour-shame sensibilitiesIslam displays its honour-shame sensibilities

Politeness is not saying certain things lest there be violence; civility is being able to say those certain things and there won’t be violence.

A recent series of polls indicate that European public opinion is substantially concerned by the increasingly aggressive Islam that their substantial immigrant populations have taken to expressing. To quote Soeren Kern, Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based Strategic Studies Group:

The findings – which come as Europeans are waking up to the consequences of decades of mass immigration from Muslim countries – point to a growing disconnect between European voters and their political masters regarding multicultural policies that encourage Muslim immigrants to remain segregated rather than become integrated into their host nations.

The survey results mirror the findings of dozens of other recent polls. Taken together, they provide ample empirical evidence that scepticism about Muslim immigration is not limited to a “right-wing” political fringe, as proponents of multiculturalism often assert. Mainstream voters across the entire political spectrum are now expressing concerns about the role of Islam in Europe.

The disconnect referred to in the article constitutes one of the most worrying developments in Western culture over the last decade: between a elite that controls much of the discussion in the public sphere (journalists, academics, talking heads, mainstream politicians) and who fear being called Islamophobes and racists more than they fear Islamist racists, and a population of people who, whenever they voice concern about the behavior of the Muslim neighbors, are told not to be Islamophobic racists. The problems are knotty and painful to disentangle. Here’s my outline of an approach. (For a longer version of the following essay, see my blog, The Augean Stables.)

Honour-shame and Islamism:

In an honour culture, it is legitimate, expected, even required to shed blood for the sake of honour, to save face, to redeem the dishonoured face. Public criticism is an assault on the very “face” of the person criticised. Thus, people in such cultures are careful to be “polite”; and a genuinely free press is impossible, no matter what the laws proclaim.

Modernity, however, is based on a free public discussion, on civility rather than politeness, but the benefits of this public self-criticism – sharp learning curves, advances in science and technology, economic development, democracy – make that pain worthwhile.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic
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2 Responses to Liberal intellectuals are frightened of confronting Islam’s honour-shame culture

  1. Ramjet says:

    Let them spew their hatred. The Dragon is slowly starting to wake up. They think there is hatred against Islam. They ain’t seen nothing yet. . .

  2. Richard says:

    The liberal pseudo intellectuals are afraid to confront anyone that is likely to react with violence, the ordinary mainstream voters are the ones they should be worried about. When they get mad they will vote in politicians who will defend the mainstream culture and values, and they are getting very mad witness the TEA party in the US and the various national defense leagues in Europe.

    Ramjet I prefer the image of a sleeping giant that is being bothered, right now the giant is flailing widely in its sleep but it is waking up and when it does the world will tremble.

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