Multikulturen og demokratiet

Multikultur — Drokles on May 7, 2008 at 1:47 am

I det multikulturelle samfund er demokrati et spørgsmål om demografi. For at opretholde gruppens kulturelle identitet, kræves en konstant adskillelse fra det fremmede andet, hvilket er alt andet eller rettere alle andre end ens egen gruppe. Modsætningen mellem samfundets indbyggere institutionaliseres på fællesskabets bekostning. Fra Birmingham Post

Election fraud driven by immigrants practising “village politics” of the Indian sub-continent could be a crucial factor in deciding the future control of Birmingham City Council, a major report warns today.

Family loyalties, the dominance of men and the existence of the “biraderi” clan system among British Asians provides perfect conditions for widespread rigging of postal votes and other electoral malpractice in Britain’s major cities, according to the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. In a 94-page report called Purity of Elections in the UK – Causes for Concern, the trust argues that the UK’s election system is close to breaking point and at risk of fraud, as the countdown to May’s local elections gets under way.

The study says the turning point in recognising Britain has a problem with election fraud came in 2005 when a court found six Birmingham Labour Party members in Aston and Bordesley Green, all Asian men, guilty of tampering with thousands of postal ballots.

The incident, which Elections Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC said would “disgrace a banana republic”, forced the Government to tighten regulations surrounding postal voting, but the reforms were nowhere near tough enough according to the authors of today’s report.

They say: “The Birmingham election court of 2005 demonstrates that the control of a major city council or the outcome of a parliamentary contest could be influenced by the scale of fraud that was rendered possible by postal voting.”

The study says numerous convictions for electoral fraud since 2000, when postal votes first became freely available on demand, resulted from incidents in inner-city wards where a large concentration of voters originate from the Indian sub-continent.

It adds: “Significantly, these convictions have emerged alongside anecdotal evidence of more widespread, and long-run, practices associated with Pakistani, Kashmiri and Bangladeshi traditions of biraderi (brotherhood) clans influencing voting behaviour.

“It is widely suggested that extended family and kinship networks, frequently with their origins in settlement patterns in Pakistan and Bangladesh, are mobilised to secure the support of up to several hundred electors, effectively constituting a block vote.”

Evidence of family pressure to behave in a certain way emerged at the recent Aston election petition hearing when potential witnesses said they were afraid to come to court. Several had to be ordered to attend by a judge.

All of the main political parties have sought at times to gain advantage by allying themselves to a Muslim candidate claiming to be able to guarantee a minimum number of votes arising from their support within a wider clan, the study adds. The document quotes Birmingham city councillor Salma Yaqoob, who has warned that Muslim women are in danger of being disenfranchised.

Demokratiet er lejret i en tro og en kultur, der har institutionaliseret magten på den præmis, at alle mennesker er lige for Gud og ingen derfor har særskilt krav på magten. De politiske kampe handler om konflikter mellem gensidigt afhængige grupper i samfundet med naturlige interessemodsætninger og denne gensidige afhængighed sammen med den kulturelle fortrolighed var afgørende for at konstruktive løsninger sprang ud af modsætningerne. Fællesskabets bedste blev individets bedste men i det multietniske samfund deler vandene sig nu efter grupper, der ingen glæde har af hinandens eksistens og ingen samhørighed, hverken som del af produktion eller som del af det samme kulturelle reference.

Fra Daily Mail

In their wedding day finery, the newly-pronounced husband flashes a glance to his friends for support. His bride masks her nerves with an icy expression.

But these are likely to be more than big day jitters because the groom is just 14, his fresh-faced bride 13.

And this profoundly shocking ‘marriage’ of two Romany children did not take place in a remote Eastern European village. Rather it was in a smoke-filled pub in the East End of London.

There are fears that underground ceremonies such as the one witnessed by the Daily Mail this week could become common as the number of gipsies in Britain rises following the eastwards expansion of the EU.

(…)

At around midday the bride, Sarah, arrived with husband-to-be Ricardo. They were ushered into the saloon bar and showered with fizzy wine.

But neither Ricardo, 14, nor Sarah, 13, looked very happy after their shocking ‘marriage’A grey-haired community elder clasped each of them to his chest in turn, bound their hands in a scarf, kissed them both full on the lips and pronounced them husband and wife.

The bride and groom were then thrown into the air by the 150-strong crowd which then, without further ado, got on with the dancing and drinking.

(…)White-faced and unsteady, the 14-year-old emerged at 5pm, was sick in the street, and stumbled off with his bride.

Er børn overhovedet børn eller er de kun produkter af kulturelle forestillinger? Er mennesker overhovedet lige? Nyder en muslimsk kvinde kun den despekt hendes formørkede religion udstikker eller er hun et frit menneske og opfatter sig selv, som et sådan med de deraf følgende pligter mod den virkelighed der er vores fælles. Skal mennesket opfattes som et frit og enestående individ ligeværdigt blandt alle andre i samfundet forankret i forpligtelsen overfor nationen, der omvendt garanterer rettighederne eller derimod som en anonym del af en gruppe, der kæmper indædt om mere terræn gennem erhvervelse af rettigheder uden forpligtelse overfor samfundet?

Den politiske debat i det multietniske samfund drejer sig om mobilisering af trossamfundet og den etniske gruppe, hvis fortsatte vækst enten gennem indvandring eller ved at føde flere børn er lig stigende magt. Udviklingen af samfundet er ikke et fælles projekt, men en kamp om dominans over andre grupper. Aflivningen af individet som står forpligtet overfor fællesskabet er netop aflivningen af det fælles og tilbage står dyrkelsen af gruppens anonymitet og tyranni til alles tab.

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