Thorbjørn Jagland sier politikere må passe munnen sin når de snakker om multikulturalisme, ellers risikerer de å gi argumenter til ekstreme.
Det er et indirekte rapp over fingrene til statsministrene David Cameron og Angela Merkel. Begge har gitt taler der de har tatt et oppgjør med multikulturalismen.
Jagland, who is also secretary general of the Council of Europe, told the Observer:
«We have to be very careful how we are discussing these issues, what words are used.
«Political leaders have got to defend the fact that society has become more diverse. We have to defend the reality, otherwise we are going to get into a mess. I think political leaders have to send a clear message to embrace it and benefit from it.
«We should be very cautious now, we should not play with fire. Therefore I think the words we are using are very important because it can lead to much more.»
Jagland føler at ordet multikulturalisme har fått en negativ klang, han vil derfor at vi slutter å bruke det og heller sier «diversitet» eller mangfold.
Jagland has also urged leading politicians to change their terminology. He said the word «diversity» was better than multiculturalism because the latter had become defined in different ways by different groups.
Jagland vil også at man slutter å koble terror til islam.
«We also need to stop using ‘Islamic terrorism’, which indicates that terrorism is about Islam. We should be saying that terrorism is terrorism and not linked to religion,» said Jagland.
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