Bruce Bawer: Multiculturalism, Freedom of Speech and Appeasing Islam

Bruce Bawer is a gay liberal and the author of Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom and While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within. And below is a powerful speech.  If you don’t have time for the whole thing, at least make time for the first part:

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9 Septembre 2009 par Marc LebuisMots clés: Bruce Bawer, multiculturalisme, liberté d’expression, accommodement,

At the invitation of Point de Bascule and the Free Thinking Film Society, Dr. Bruce Bawer will be speaking at major venues in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa

Bawer is a renowned essayist and author bestselling books (Stealing Jesus, While Europe Slept and Surrender) Based in Norway, he is known internationally for his straightforward criticism of multiculturalism and his deeply informed warnings about the threat of Islamic radicalism to Western security, culture and identity. A gay activist who became disillusioned by what he saw as the increasing influence of America’s religious right, Dr Bawer left his US homeland in 1998, only to be shocked by alarming trends he discovered on arriving in once-tolerant Europe. He witnessed the Old World’s post-Enlightenment traditions of tolerance and openness under siege: Islamic fundamentalism was on the march, and time-honoured rights were failing along with the cultural confidence and self-respect of Europe’s indigenous populations.

The conference will address:

Hear Bruce Bawer explain:

- Why multiculturalism contributes to the erosion of basic rights such as freedom of expression;

- How and why multiculturalism creates intercultural tensions;

- Why policies to accommodate encourage community confinement, Islamic radicalism and violence; and

- Why Muslim immigration is increasingly perceived as a time bomb.

From Bawer’s Surrender:

Our civilization is built on two foundations. One of them is awareness of the individual human being’s absolute value independent of race, religion, and social background. The other is the freedom to think and express one’s thoughts. If freedom is to have any meaning at all, it must mean the freedom to say what others don’t like to hear… We can’t have a halfway freedom of expression that doesn’t apply to Islam.

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