Johann Hari argues that multiculturalism is betraying Muslim women by defending unacceptable customs and behaviors. For Hari, multiculturalism isn’t helping immigrants, but making social outcasts by giving them the right to refuse to integrate in the name of tolerance. Sugary excerpt:
Multiculturalists believe they are defending immigrants. But in reality, they are betraying at least 55 percent of them - the women and the gays. It is multiculturalists, for example, who are the biggest champions of the government's massive expansion of 'faith schools', where children will be segregated according to parental superstition and often taught the most literalist and cruel strain of a 'faith'.
What will girls and gay pupils be taught there? Will they have Sura 4, verse 34 drilled into them, along with the passages from the hadith where Mohammed calls for gay people to be executed? We know Catholic schools often push the most vile aspects of their faith at children; why should Muslim schools be different?
My only question is whether all integration failures can be placed on the shouldres of multiculturalists that is whether multiculturalism hasn’t become an easy scapegoat for the failures of multi-ethnic societies to integrate their society. After, many of those who are arguing multiculturalism are the same who yesterday were for separation and segregation in the name of purity and who are today arguing integration doesn’t just have to do with banning the unacceptable and the intolerable, but with “disinfecting” immigrants in order to make them clean and less visible.