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Copyright (c) 2007 Israel Law Review 
Israel Law Review

ARTICLE: THE DECLINE, BUT NOT DEMISE, OF MULTICULTURALISM

Winter, 2007

Israel Law Review

40 Isr. L. Rev. 763

Author

Amnon Rubinstein *

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I. Introduction
Now that there is and can be no longer an exclusive national religion, tolerance should be given to all religions that tolerate others, so long as their dogmas contain nothing contrary to the duties of citizenship. But whoever dares to say: Outside the Church is no salvation, ought to be driven from the State, unless the State is the Church, and the prince the pontiff. Such a dogma is good only in a theocratic government; in any other, it is fatal.


Rousseau, The Social Contract 1

Some years ago, Nathan Glazer wrote a book entitled "We are all Multiculturalists Now." 2 Well, things have slightly changed since then. Writes Francis Fukuyama: we must "recognize that the old multicultural model was a failure in such countries as the Netherlands and Britain and that it needs to be replaced by more energetic efforts to integrate non-Western populations into a common liberal culture." 3

What went wrong? The fault lies partially in the ambiguity of the term: Shortly after the July 2005 London terror attacks, the BBC network conducted a public opinion survey to check whether the British willingness to pursue multiculturalism had been affected by the terror. The results of the survey 4 were unexpected: Sixty-two percent of the surveyed men and women claimed that "multiculturalism turns England into a better place to be and live in." At the same time, 58% of the group thought that "people who come to live in England must ...
 
 
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