By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Multiculturalism promotes segregation, stifles free speech and threatens liberal democracy,
's top Jewish official warned in extracts from his book published Saturday. Britain
Britain's chief rabbi, defined multiculturalism as an attempt to affirm 's diverse communities and make ethnic and religious minorities more appreciated and respected. But in his book, "The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society," he said the movement had run its course. Britain
"Multiculturalism has led not to integration but to segregation," Sacks wrote in his book, an extract of which was published in the Times of London.
"Liberal democracy is in danger," Sacks said, adding later: "The politics of freedom risks descending into the politics of fear."
's politics had been poisoned by the rise of identity politics, as minorities and aggrieved groups jockeyed first for rights, then for special treatment. Britain
The process, he said, began with Jews, before being taken up by blacks, women and gays. He said the effect had been "inexorably divisive."
"A culture of victimhood sets group against group, each claiming that its pain, injury, oppression, humiliation is greater than that of others," he said.
In an interview with the Times, Sacks said he wanted his book to be "politically incorrect in the highest order."
October 20, 2007
Interesting story from the AP: