Keep your eye on Hamza Kashgari. He’s the 23-year-old former columnist for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Bilad newspaper who had the extremely bad judgment to tweet an imaginary conversation he was having with the prophet Muhammad. In almost no time, he was running for his life, hopping a plane in Jeddah and hoping to reach New Zealand. In Malaysia, where he apparently had to change planes, he was held incommunicado until a private plane arrived from Saudi Arabia. He’s now back home, in jail and possibly facing a death sentence.
So the Malaysian government was quite willing to send Kashgari back to likely death for what he Tweeted.
Next time someone extols to you the virtues of multiculturalism ask them if we should respect other cultures. Then ask them if we should respect the moral values of other cultures. If you are still getting Yes then ask them if we should respect a culture (Egypt) where 84% of the people favor the death penalty for apostasy from Islam and 82% favor death by stoning for adulterers. Or how about a culture like Pakistan where less than a majority clearly favor democracy. Okay?
I do not see all cultures as equally valuable or equally good or equally desirable. I see the death of Arab Christianity at the hands of Muslims as a loss. I see the rises and falls of different cultures and nations as losses and gains that have to be judged on a case-by-case basis. America's promotion of democracy in the Middle East just unleashes Muslim majorities to conduct ethnic cleansing.
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