Multiculturalism, David Cameron

Today we listened to a speech made by the former prime minister in Great Britain, David Cameron, in 2011 at the Munich Security Conference.

The basic ideas of the speech are multiculturalism, especially the relationship between European people and Islam, and how we can solve the issue of radicalisations. Cameron focused on how people can perceive all Muslim as terrorist and believe that Islam is the root of the problem. A lot of people also believe that the more religious you are the more extreme you are. However, that is not the case. A person isn’t necessarily more political just because they are religious. He stressed that it is the ideology which is the root of the problem, not the religion. These ideologies manifest themselves in young men’s minds who are struggling with finding their place in the society. They lack a sense of belonging which these extreme groups provide for them. To conclude, he said the state have to work hard with integration, provide important values and a sense of belonging. He believes that when that is achieved it will be possible for a Christian and a Muslim to both be Londoners.

His attitude was quite formal and stiff, however he made up for it by using many language features. Among others, he used humour to relate to the crowd and repetitions to emphasise certain issues. Together with the good flow of the speech and his perfect English made this an overall good and easy speech to understand.

Moreover, I am going to discuss this statement:

Multiculturalism separates groups of people from each other, assimilation should be encouraged.

I can see how this statement for many can seem reasonable since extreme groups of some religions don’t separate state and religion. However, religion and politics are in general not the same. A lot of deeply religious people don’t necessarily have strong political views. And the other way around, many political people are not necessarily religious. As I mentioned earlier, one can be both religious and belong to a specific state where there also belong other people with different religious beliefs.

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