Any discussion of culture must address the assertion of multiculturalists that all cultures are of equal value.
We see this perspective at work in the European Union, where the leadership is sure that Muslim culture is morally equivalent to European culture, which is rooted in Christianity and the Enlightenment. We find the same perspective employed by cultural anthropologists, who resist the work of missionaries out of fear that Christianity will corrupt native cultures.
The error of the multiculturalist position is painfully obvious. Islamic immigration in Europe has been accompanied by substantial increases in rape, rampages resulting in destruction of property and killing of policeman, no-go zones, suicide bombings, and other atrocities. Multiculturalist miscalculation is even more evident as we consider pagan cultures. Early missionaries to the Fiji Islands found cannibalism avidly practiced despite plentiful availability of other food. Some natives had killed and consumed 900 other human beings. The furniture of every hut included a “cannibal fork,” a four-pronged instrument specifically designed for that purpose.[i]
A recent aol.com article reported, “Although Fiji is typically thought of as a ‘Cannibal Island,’ the practice ended there in the mid-19th century when Christian missionaries gained influence.” Pity they disrupted the culture.
However, multiculturalists desiring to practice their theory that all cultures are created equal still have an opportunity. The article notes, “Not too far away in the South Pacific, the Korowai tribe of Indonesian New Guinea allegedly still has a culture of cannibalism.” They could help preserve that culture in a very tangible way. Interesting that multiculturalists seem to prefer living in cultures that were shaped by Christian influence.
This conclusion alerts us that some cultures are much better than others. How does ours stack up? I plan to discuss that question tomorrow.
[i] Pitman, E. R., Lady Missionaries in Foreign Lands, S. W. Partridge & Co., London, p. 152.