British Mulitculturalism in Question After Bombings

July 14, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 14, 2005 BBC News reported, "The radicalisation of some younger members of Britain's 1.5 million-strong Muslim community has led to often heated debate. Now questions are being asked about whether British-style multi-culturalism is succeeding or failing. Muslims have lived in Britain for centuries, but only relatively recently have they become the focus of controversy. Three big crises over the last decade and a half have heightened tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims: [t]he Rushdie affair of the late 1980s, [t]he attacks of 9/11 in the US, and their implications for Britain, [a]nd now, potentially most serious of all, this month's London bombings... Muslim parents, teachers and community leaders are under pressure over whether they have done enough to acknowledge and tackle the threat of extremism. British politicians are not only having to review domestic security, [t]hey are being forced to think again about the mix of liberal policies pursued by successive governments since the 1960s - collectively known as multi-culturalism. Multiculturalism was designed to bring different communities together, but its critics argue it has only served to keep them apart."