In Northern Ireland and to a lesser degree in nearby West-Central Scotland, there is a social division known as ‘sectarianism’, which in reality is a conflict of national identity, mixed into which has become genealogy, clan tribalism and religious affiliation (by upbringing, more often than by belief). The ethnic differences between both sides are non-existent, as can be evinced by the commonality of some of the same Scots/Irish surnames on each side of the sectarian divide. The cultural differences are at best marginal; walk from the Falls to the Shankill Road or vice versa in Belfast, through one of the ‘peace lines’ and you’ll realise that. Visit anywhere else in Northern Ireland and the ‘cultural’ differences are really just that of different flags, banners and loyalty to one or other Glaswegian football team. Yet the divide remains and segregated schooling is one of the main causes for that. The main feature among those of sectarian views is that of superiority over the other side. Protestants who hold sectarian views consider themselves superior to Catholics and vice versa.
In South Africa, there was an official form of division based not upon religious affiliation but upon ethnicity, with ‘Whites’ (of British, Dutch or other European ancestry) at the top and ‘Blacks’ (any indigenous Africans) at the bottom. ‘Coloureds’ (of mixed ancestry) and ‘Indians’ (of any South Asian ancestry) in between. Apartheid in South Africa has now been officially abolished and towards this the political left in Britain did a sterling job by supporting economic sanctions; though Scots/Irish ‘sectarianism’ is something with which middle-class metropolitan left-wingers, including latterly the Green Party, have always struggled, because they don’t understand why some people hold strong feelings about national identity.
The political left, again including the Green Party, have however adopted the segregationist ideology of multiculturalism, a word scarcely used up until about a quarter of a century ago, when apartheid still existed in South Africa and sectarian murders were common in Northern Ireland. This segregation is reinforced by the belief that all cultures are equal and hence one shouldn’t criticise them in any circumstances. At best it is a misguided ‘liberal’ utopian ideal which has been adopted by the British political establishment as an excellent divide-and-conquer policy. The establishment is therefore keen to back separate Muslim, Sikh and Hindu faith schools in addition to separate Jewish, Catholic and Church of England schools. The political left used to support the abolition of such separate faith schools but no more; worryingly they now support segregated education.
This utopian all cultures are equal ideal means that a culture in which children have their genitals mutilated is somehow equivalent to one where this barbaric practice is not undertaken; it means that a culture in which arranged marriages – and ‘honour’ killings of those who refuse – is equivalent to a culture in which anyone is free to marry – or not if they wish – whomever they choose; it means that a culture in which a woman is treated as the property of her husband and hence must be dressed in a medieval garb shielded from the eyes of other men, is equivalent to a culture in which a woman can wear as much or as little as she wants, without supposedly ‘inciting’ rape; it means that a culture in which the slaughter of animals must conform to the religious standard of having their throats cut until they bleed to death is somehow equivalent to one in which at least some standards exist to mitigate against such cruelty.
It makes me despair that Green Party and the rest of the political left have become so intellectually retarded that they support multiculturalism; a pernicious ideology and one shouldn’t be frightened to say so, nor should one be frightened to criticise any religion or culture without being accused of being a ‘phobe’. Secular democracy based upon gender equality and universal adult suffrage is superior and one shouldn’t be frightened to say so.