Multiculturalism, Catholicism, and American Civilization

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“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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Apr 5, 2013
 
JOSEPH A. VARACALLI
There are actually three forms of multiculturalism, two of which are antithetical to the Catholic worldview.
There are many valid, empirically observable reasons why many orthodox Catholics reject “multiculturalism” in the United States. However, it is imperative that Catholics, following the sophisticated intellectual traditions of the Church, make appropriate distinctions. There are at least three variations of multiculturalism with only the first two antithetical to the Catholic world view.

The first, or what I'll call the “relativist” version of multiculturalism, should be rejected because it confuses the empirical reality of relative forms of human existence in social institutions like the family or in social activities like sexuality with the philosophy of moral relativism.[1] While it may be true that there can be found some degree of truth, goodness, and utility in most cultures, it is simply not the case that they always produce equally valid manifestations and applications of the natural law. Indeed, in many cases, cultural creations are simply outside the pale of such reasoning (e.g., human sacrifice, polygamy, homosexuality).

Often times the motives behind the relativist conception of multiculturalism are either innocent, naive, romantic or sanguine. They are usually intended to provide a kind of therapeutic relief and emotional support as well as a measure of legitimizing respect to groups located at the margins of American life. Allan Bloom's rejection of the false sense of “openness” presently being fostered by America's institutions of higher learning is here relevant. As he states forcefully,“it is open to all kinds of men, all kinds of life-styles, all ideologies. There is no enemy other than the man who is not open to everything.”[2] Translated into the important analysis of John Cuddihy, multicultural relativism offers the upper middle class “guilt-stricken” individual a mechanism for offering “no offence” to the cultural lifestyles of various “minority” groups.[3] However laudable in motive, the effects of such thinking (e.g., aggrandizing the lifestyle of the black underclass or legitimating the professional and career oriented woman who voluntarily and purposefully raises children (sans a husband) can be physically and emotionally disastrous, primarily for the groups and individuals in question but also for the greater civilization. Moral relativism in the form of multicultural relativism violates not only morality itself but the Catholic respect for realism and the intellectual truth. Arthur Schlesinger has termed the revisionist multicultural scholarship that bends the truth for therapeutic reasons a form of “compensatory” history.[4] Ironically, even the most benevolent form of multicultural relativism has a limited appeal to its intended audience, i.e., among the mass of America's immigrant and minority populations, who, instead, seek integration and assimilation into mainstream American life. Rather, it has its strongest appeal among upper-middle class,“yuppie” New Age types.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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Apr 5, 2013
 
An even more virulent variation opposed by orthodox Catholics can be termed “radical” multiculturalism. It is one in which the alleged concern for pluralism is, in actuality, nothing more than a thin veneer, a smokescreen, for the attempted institutionalization of a progressivist and quite class-specific ideological agenda for the United States.

In the radical version, the very foundational and positive contributions of Western civilization to mankind are denied. Purposefully, radical multicultural proponents often ignore the simple yet profound fact that it is only in the West, or in societies influenced by the West, that one can find the traditions of self criticism, self-reform, democracy, and freedom which allow for any kind of “debunking” analysis and upon which multiculturalism (theoretically, at least) rests. As Arthur Schlesinger has succinctly put it,“the assault on the Western tradition is conducted very largely with analytical weapons in the West.”[5] In this regard, it is amusing, to say the very least, to note how radical feminists disingenuously aggrandize the activity of women in both pre-modern and non-Western societies: societies not only almost always patriarchal but also those in which the vast majority of women happily and approvingly accepted/accept a traditionally prescribed division of labor regarding gender roles. Such an example suggests that the goal of the radical multiculturalist is not really to grant respect to the traditional lifestyle — the latter with a definitely “unraised consciousness”— but rather to deconstruct and destroy the present in order to reconstruct some utopian future.[6] It should be noted, at this point, that the balkanizing consequences of much multicultural thought and activity is not merely ignored (as in the case of multicultural relativism); rather, for the radical multiculturalist, it is consciously fomented.

Radical multicultural thought is also used not only to exaggerate, or even fabricate, the contributions of certain group classifications (e.g., women, blacks, homosexuals, entertainment stars, American Indians, children, the physically and mentally disabled) who have been designated by the cultural elite as worthy of special attention and, indeed, adulation but also to either studiously ignore or simply deny the contributions of others (e.g., conservative Catholics, Protestant evangelicals, orthodox Jews, secular prolifers, small-town rural farmers). There is, of course, a logic to the selective appropriation of ideologies and lifestyles to be celebrated or criticized. The logic results from the reality that the world for the radical multiculturalist, is actually seen through a lens fashioned by some critical theory focusing on conflict, whether of the class (Marxist), gender (feminist), ethnic (bilingualist), sexual orientation (homosexual), or race (Afrocentrist) variety. As such, all groups, a priori, are not given a fair hearing by the radical multiculturalist. From such perspective, some groups don't deserve any cognitive and moral respect; they are guilty of being, by definition, on the wrong side of historical destiny. So much for alleged “inclusiveness”. Seen this way, then, it is the radical multiculturalists, rather than the so-called “religious rightists,” who are the instigators of America's present religious and cultural warfare. After all, it is the radical multiculturalists who desire systematically to destroy the remnants of a common unifying Judeo-Christian heritage; the religious right is primarily involved in the defense of what once was.[7]

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Apr 5, 2013
 
Let me also suggest that the radical multiculturalist movement is internally stratified with the Marxist component cleverly converting and exploiting for its own purposes the complaints of and agitation generated by black, feminist, Hispanic, American Indian, and homosexual leaders. As this author sees it, the real handmaidens of the radical multicultural upheaval are those academic Marxists who, since the failed promise of Soviet Communism, have transferred their considerable energies to the goal of eventually establishing socialism in the United States. Such Marxists hope to be only temporarily “homeless.”[8] For a striking and contemporary variation of the Marxist strategy to be found in Latin America, all one need do is refer to the “theology of liberation.” Simply put, this Marxist dominated theology has appropriated for the revolutionary cause the purposefully distorted “black legends” of Spanish genocide and exploitation of indigenous peoples once also so disingenuously employed by a northern Protestant Europe against Catholic Spain during the immediate post-Discovery period.[9]

Radical multiculturalism also entails a great deal of intellectual dishonesty,“politically correct thought,” and a professional breach of ethics in its unworthy politicization of the academy, the university, and of scholarship in general, themes that can be documented in a recent, important analysis by Dinesh D'Souza.[10] Not unrelated to this is the obvious ideological presence of vested self-interest as upper class members of a “new knowledge class” profit in terms of the sociological trilogy of “politics,”“status,” and “economics.” After all, someone has to control, design and get paid for the governmental and private sector social and educational programs created to address the needs of the hitherto unacknowledged but now privileged “victims of injustice.” Tied to this is the fact that the concept of multiculturalism has often times failed, or, in some cases, betrayed its supposed benefactors. Stressing “safe sex” during an AIDS epidemic; encouraging welfare dependency for the poor; teaching minorities that all Caucasians consider them biologically and culturally inferior; interpreting most criminal behavior as courageous acts against a corrupt state and all military intervention as imperialism; preaching to women that domestic work is exploitation and that traditional family life is a prison; convincing all that divorce is a usually happy solution to marital discord; accepting the mere claim of widespread sexual harassment and child abuse at face value and without proof; and sublimely ignoring the consequences of legitimating abortion and euthanasia has not only promoted the selfish interests of the social engineers but has engineered and exacerbated much human misery in American society and on civilization as a whole.

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http://catholiceducation.org/articles/multicu...
Big Johnson

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Speaking of multiculturalism, real Americans such as myself rue the day that filthy greasy Catholics were ever allowed to befoul our shores.

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Duke for Mayor wrote:
This isn't a Catholic Nation Paco.
woof
Make sure you tell that to your sainted Hispanics and see how they react, douche.
And stay away from Catholic hospitals.

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Big Johnson wrote:
Speaking of multiculturalism, real Americans such as myself rue the day that filthy greasy Catholics were ever allowed to befoul our shores.
The Puritans were a fun bunch, huh?

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Duke for Mayor wrote:
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Nothin but a bunch of vile, fishy, pedophiles and terrorists.
woof
The Vice President, House Minority Leader and Secretary of State may indeed fall into those categories.

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Big Johnson wrote:
Speaking of multiculturalism, real Americans such as myself rue the day that filthy greasy Catholics were ever allowed to befoul our shores.
I highly doubt you are a WASP, and you are clearly not Geronimo as he posts from Reynoldsburg.

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Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>The Puritans were a fun bunch, huh?
http://texnews.com/opinion97/hart112697.html

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This is the future of the USA if we don't get our act together soon!

Destruction of Sweden
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Oliver Canterberry wrote:
This is the future of the USA if we don't get our act together soon!
Destruction of Sweden
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Sweden is considered the most "progressive" country worldwide.

It also has the highest rape rate.(I understand that each country reports it somewhat differently, and that victims probably are more likely to report in Sweden, but its quite obvious that the reason for it being so high is Muslim immigration)
Oliver Canterberry

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Apr 8, 2013
 
-The-Artist- wrote:
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Sweden is considered the most "progressive" country worldwide.
It also has the highest rape rate.(I understand that each country reports it somewhat differently, and that victims probably are more likely to report in Sweden, but its quite obvious that the reason for it being so high is Muslim immigration)
That's one of the ironies of liberalism. They promote "freedom" but the men of the culture end up too passive to defend their freedom. It is so bad in Sweden that females in that nation are dying their blonde hair so that they do not attract so many Muslim / African Males.

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