Dr Tad in a piece over at New Matilda:
The danger now is that the Left falls into a mindless defence of multiculturalism as guaranteeing “social cohesion” in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. In fact it has been a policy dividing Australian society into identity groups, each with “leaders” who superintend “community members” they often have little in common with, in exchange for a privileged relationship to government and politics.
This is not a danger that may happen so much as precisely what the left do, frankly much of it is down to the underlying assumption that all cultures are equal in their virtue and that none may be critiqued because to do so would be evidence of that ultimate evil (in leftist terms ) of “racism”.
Of course blind Freddy can see that not all cultures and religions are equal in their virtues. A culture that practices something utterly beyond the pale like human sacrifice will be quickly dismissed and condemned or in the very least prohibited from continuing the unacceptable cultural practice (we after all don’t permit murder of any kind) but it becomes harder to confront or critique any other social practices that are more benign. A good example of this is the the current Hoo har about Muslim women wearing face coverings or the Hijab. As Tony Abbott so succinctly puts it to meet a person with their face covered is confronting and our natural reaction is to treat that person with suspicion and Like our PM I’m happy to acknowledge that individuals do have the right to dress as they please in this country but those who dress in a Burqa et al have to realize that there is no right to wear such a garment and to be accepted and affirmed for doing so. If you want to wear such covering s then you have to likewise wear the social consequences of doing so. To some extent the same applies to the women who wear a Hijab their right to dress as they please (or how their families insist they dress) is not in question but they too have to wear the consequences in terms of social distrust and the distance it creates between them and other Australians. Essentially you can’t say that you want to be included in the greater society while wearing what amounts to a signpost of otherness. That only works in lefty La La Land
That said I am horrified that anyone should be assaulted over their mode of dress and I really hope that the police treat the criminals who commit such crimes with the full weight of the law there is no place for that sort of thuggery, just as there is no sort of place for the thuggery of people like this chap threatening violence to anyone who critiques his Prophet.