In an article - and we'll discuss the scary numbers in a moment - reviewing the extent of radical islamic thought among British Muslims, the TimesOnline prints the following from Anthony Glees, a professor of security and intelligence studies at Lees University:
“There is a wide cultural divide between Muslim and non-Muslim students. The solution is to stop talking about celebrating diversity and focus on integration and assimilation.”
The ideal of diversity is not to celebrate the fact that so many remain in their separate cultural cubicles, but that coming from many separate cultural cubicles the people are able to integrate so extraordinarily well into the office culture that as a group they function seamlessly and productively and the office is a happy one.
It's hard to imagine a happy office when people in one cubicle think it's okay to kill people in other cubicles.
ALMOST a third of British Muslim students believe killing in the name of Islam can be justified, according to a poll.
The study also found that two in five Muslims at university support the incorporation of Islamic sharia codes into British law.
The YouGov poll for the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC) will raise concerns about the extent of campus radicalism. “Significant numbers appear to hold beliefs which contravene democratic values,” said Han-nah Stuart, one of the report’s authors. “These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said there is no extremism in British universities.”
The other students recognize the problem.
The researchers found that 55% of non-Muslim students thought Islam was incompatible with democracy.
Contrary to the impression of those diversity celebrationists who seem to misunderstand the concept, assimilation and integration does not mean giving up all of your traditions and cultural heritage and forgetting your background. Rather, the idea is to embrace the necessary parts of your new culture so that you function (and are accepted fully) as one of it's members. These parts include at least these: language, law, and democratic/governmental principles. You may of course hold onto other cultural beliefs and traditions that are compatible with functioning in your new culture.
It also means, however, gaining an understanding that not all members of your new society come from your background and respecting their beliefs (i.e., religion). When you believe those things must be changed to match the culture you came from you have not assimilated. You hold yourself as superior to those whom you've joined. And you should probably leave that culture and return to where your beliefs are more widely accepted.