Paralysed by the fear of being branded racist, imperialist or Islamophobic, large
sections of liberal and left opinion have, in effect, gone soft on their commitment to
universal human rights. They readily, and rightly, condemn the excesses of US and
UK government policy, but rarely speak out against oppressors who are non-white
or adherents of minority faiths. Why the double standard? The answer lies, in part,
in a perverse interpretation of multiculturalism that has sundered the celebration
of difference from universal human rights.
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