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Multicultural Suttee

In the last chapter of his latest book, Mark Steyn speaks about the British in India:

In a culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of "suttee" – the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural: "You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."

India today is better off without suttee. If you don't agree with that, if you think that's just dead-white-male Eurocentrism, fine. But I don't think you really do believe that.

A Canadian, Mark Steyn argues against a multicultural tolerance for the intolerable and for more confidence in the culture we have created – a culture that with all its faults respects women and has given opportunities for life and love to millions.

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