Monday, July 24, 2006

New Frontiers in Liberal Self Delusion, Here and Abroad

On the State Level, in Britain:

Britain has just decided not to go ahead with legislation that would make forced marriages in Britain illegal.

Seems like a pretty good law to mandate. So what is holding them back?

"Fears that the new law would stigmatise Muslims."

Between 2003 and 2005, 518 forced marriages were recorded in London, and in 2005 more than 140 in Bradford. Campaigners say those are merely the tip of the iceberg.

Most cases in Britain involve Muslim families, although the practice is not restricted to any particular religious or ethnic group. Most victims are aged between 16 and 20 and many suffer physical assault, death threats and false imprisonment, usually at the hands of close family members.

Suicide rates among young Asian women are more than three times the national average and about 12 women every year die as a result of so-called “honour killings”.


So what were the reasons given for the Government reversal. Baroness Scotland, the Home Office Minister, said that most of those consulted “felt that the disadvantages of creating new legislation would outweigh the advantages”.

In other words, no matter how bad the status-quo is, better to maintain it. Who cares about high suicide rates among Asian girls and honor killings, when, as the Muslim Council of Britain sugests, 'such a law might become "another way to stigmatise our communities".'

Now back on the home front, for some self-delusion on the individual level:

Meet Sheldon Drobny, a wealthy Jewish financier of the Democrats, and founder of Air America. This is the quality of his thinking:
[M[y conclusion is that the bloggers who violently hate Israel and see it in black and white terms are not really liberals. They may even be anti-Semites, but they are not representative of the liberal community that was so active in achieving racial and ethnic equality. It is a contradiction for a true liberal to be an anti-Semite. Furthermore, I would not put it past the right wing to flood the liberal blogs with hateful criticisms of Israel to advance a perception that liberals are anti-Israel or anti-Semitic. And I see Karl Rove's fingerprints all over this.


Hat Tip: The American Thinker

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