The Conservative leader wants to prevent British citizens from being radicalized by jihadists to commit violence. The fear of home-grown terrorists, in both Britain and the United States, has grown as a result of recent attacks, such as the 2005 London subway bombings or the 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, by suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
“True cohesion” at the local or national level, Mr. Cameron says, would allow people to say “I am a Muslim, I am a Hindu, I am a Christian, but I am a Londoner ... too.”
His speech comes after recent comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the practice of “multiculturalism” has failed both societies by allowing tolerance of extremism. And in 2006, then-President Bush urged immigrants to learn English and US civics in hopes that they might help “us remain one nation under God.”
A liberal country, Cameron asserts, “says to its citizens, this is what defines us as a society: To belong here is to believe in these things.” He plans to have government “actively promote” values such as freedom of speech, freedom of worship, democracy, the rule of law, and equality between sexes. And organizations such as Muslim groups that don’t subscribe to “British values” will not receive government support.