June 04, 2007

Distinction drawn

Don't miss this Q&A with Christopher Hitchens, and the good sense (it's about time!) he offers on whether multiculturalism (I prefer the terms "civilization" or "cosmopolitanism") forces us to accept bigots and killers in the tent:

But multiculturalism makes room for just such people.

I don't want to concede that at all. I think it is surely much more positive to say that multiculturalism must be defended from what is really a racist fanaticism. The objection of these people is not really to Judaism, or even to Zionism. It's anti-Semitism pure and simple. The other name for which is racism, of the deadliest kind because it's accompanied by a direct incitement to murder. Not just discrimination, but murder. If someone can tell me how that can be squared with multiculturalism, I'll do all the listening that I feel I have to. But not much.

Posted by Ideofact at June 4, 2007 12:55 AM