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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sprechen Sie Islam? — The Multi-Cult Under Attack in Europe

What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture. — Thomas Sowell

Multiculturalism, it’s an innocuous term that sounds vaguely like the pleasant feeling I get at the food court when I am deciding whether to choose Chinese, Mexican or Italian. So how is it that five European leaders have spoken out against multiculturalism this past month? Here is an example of three European leaders speaking out against their nations’ past experiences with multiculturalism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking out against multiculturalism
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron speaking out against multiculturalism at the 2011 Munich Security Conference
Steve Malzberg talks about French President Nicholas Sarkozy declaring multiculturalism a failure in France
Sarkozy speaking on Multiculturalism
French woman protects her shop against Islamic radicals

These are just a few of the hundreds of examples I found of Europe’s problems with multiculturalism on the web. I could add many more, but I think I have enough for you to get the point.

So what exactly is multiculturalism? Wikipedia defines multiculturalism thusly:

a. Multiculturalism has a number of different meanings. At one level the term means the appreciation, acceptance or promotion of multiple cultures, applied to the demographic make-up of a specific place, usually at the organizational level, e.g. schools, businesses, neighborhoods, cities or nations. In this sense multiculturalism approximates to respect for diversity.

b. The term may also describe people who have more than one culture in them (people who grew up with more than one cultural identity, also sometimes called bicultural).

c. In a political context the term has come to mean the advocacy of extending equitable status to distinct ethnic and religious groups without promoting any specific ethnic, religious, and/or cultural community values as central. Multiculturalism as "cultural mosaic" is often contrasted with the concepts assimilationism and social integration and has been described as a "salad bowl" rather than a "melting pot."

There is an old tale concerning Emperor Franz Joseph of the once Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The tale goes that once, when presented with a candidate for a civil service post the sponsor of the man stated he was a loyal patriot. The emperor replied, “But is he loyal to me?” I think this statement sums up the current state of affairs in Europe. The Austrian-Hungarian Empire was a polyglot mess of Austrians, Hungarians, Slavs and Italians that eventually collapsed in 1917. For the most part Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and The United Kingdom were not polyglot nations, but they had colonies. In Germany’s case they lost their colonies in 1918 at the Treaty of Versailles.

Since the end of the Second World War these European nations began importing people from their colonies to provide services that their nationals were not doing. In the case of the Germans it was due to a lack of male manpower due to the casualties hey suffered in WWII. Probably the most serves case was in France when they began to take in so many Islamic Arabs from North Africa.

As these new migrants began settling in their selected nations —Arabs in France, Indians, Pakistanis, Caribbeans and Arabs in the UK and Turks in Germany — they began to settle in ghettos. They brought their culture, language, religions and mores with them. In many cases they did not learn the language of their new chosen nation and did not take advantage of the educational opportunities offered them. They refused to assimilate into the dominate culture, in essence these nations became salad bowls rater than melting pots.

In fairness I must say that until recently Germany had the least of the salad bowl effect. Many of the Turks that immigrated to Germany in the 70’s and 80’s did in fact melt into the German culture and learn the German language. Today the offspring of these immigrants consider themselves to be German and their loyalty is to the red, black and yellow. However, during the 90’s and recently immigrants for Arab nations have come to Germany and they are not doing what many of the Turks did.

France and the U.K. did not fare as well. Immigrants to these nations were loath to assimilate and in some areas like Paris and Bradford the police will not respond to calls because they feel so threatened by these communities.

Another failed policy was the manner in which these immigrants were dealt with by the liberal and socialist governments of these nations. The immigrants were not required to learn the language and government passed out many benefits that are today bankrupting them. Douglas Murray, a British journalist has written that a radical Jihadist Islamic cleric, who does not work, receives £10,000 per year more in welfare than a British soldier fighting in Afghanistan.

Murray writes in the Wall Street Journal: “'Multiculturalism has failed," said British Prime Minister David Cameron last weekend in Munich. If anybody thought they had read those words before, it is because they have. Many times. Last October German Chancellor Angela Merkel (sitting onstage with Mr. Cameron when he gave his speech on Saturday) said the same. Finally, Europe's mainstream party leaders seem to be realizing what others have long noticed: Multiculturalism has been the most pernicious and divisive policy pursued by Western governments since World War II.

Multiculturalism is a deeply misunderstood idea. That was one of the reasons for its political success. People were led to believe that "multiculturalism" meant multiracialism, or pluralism. It did not. Nevertheless, for years anybody who criticized multiculturalism was immediately decried as a "racist."

But the true character and effects of the policy could not be permanently hidden. State-sponsored multiculturalism treated European countries like hostelries. It judged that the state should not "impose" rules and values on newcomers. Rather, it should bend over backwards to accommodate the demands of immigrants. The resultant policy was that states treated and judged people by the criteria of whatever "community" they found themselves born into.

In Britain, for instance, this meant that if you were a white English girl born into a white English family and your family decided to marry you against your will to a randy old pervert, the state would intervene. But if you had the misfortune to be born into an "Asian-background" family and the same happened, then the state would look the other way.

In 1984, a British school principal named Ray Honeyford politely suggested in an article in the Salisbury Review that it might be a good idea if students at his state-funded school were able to speak English and did not disappear to Pakistan for months at a time. The result was a siren of accusations of "racism," which willfully ignored his arguments and precipitated the end of his career.”

Today, we are going the other way in the United States. We have changed our text books to promote Mexican history, we have changed our ballots, driving license manuals, legal notices, workplace posters and government documents to read in English and Spanish. How many times have you heard “press one for English” and “Pulse dos para el español”? If you go to Germany you will not hear “Drücken Sie zwei für Englisch” or in France “Appuyez sur deux pour l'anglais” and they are ones who want to change. Soon it will be اضغط اثنين للغة الإنكليزية (that’s press two for Arabic)

If I go to Germany cannot demand, in the name of human rights, that all documents, text books, business forms and driving license manuals be in English. I could not demand that they teach American history rather than German. I would be laughed at and then tossed out of the country.

So where do we draw the line on respect for our cultural diversity and the celebration of our ancestry on the one hand and creating a society with cultural silos each with its own little society with laws and culture on he other? Simple, we don’t promote and finance the creation of these silos.

I grew up in a melting pot society. People came to the United States to escape the oppression, poverty and lack of opportunity of their homelands. I had friends and neighbors whose parents or grandparents came from Poland, Russia, The Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Lithuania and Italy. They spoke those languages at home and ate the traditional foods. They even had their own newspapers. But, when they stepped out of their front door they spoke English, were educated in our public schools learning our history, traditions, geography and the Constitution. Their parents, some being registered aliens, believed with passion that they should be 100% American citizens.

I used to enjoy going to the nationality events such as weddings and christenings. I enjoyed the food, the music and the good nature of these people. They were proud to be Americans. Yes they used a hyphenated term when referring to their nationality — Italian-American, Polish-American, etc. — but they did it  with a pride for their heritage and a love of the United States. If you asked them if they would like to go back to their native lands they were quick to respond “hell no.”

To have Sharia Law or Santeria is a violation of the prime law of the United States — The U.S. Constitution. ” If people want to sacrifice animals in Miami and Florida law prohibits cruelty to animals they can go back to Haiti and practice Santeria. If the Muslims in Dearborn want to enforce forced marriage or genital mutilation and these are against the laws of Michigan they can got back to Yemen, Pakistan or wherever whence they came.

There have been cases where bone-headed district court judges have upheld the rights of Muslims to use Sharia as a defense for their illegal actions, but fortunately higher courts have reversed his decision. I am sure there will be an increasing number of cases involving honor killings, genital mutilations, forced marriage or other illegal activities where the defendants, with the financial assistance of Islamic organizations such as CAIR, will push these cases up through the courts. This what Cameron, Merkel and Sarkozy are talking about. They do not want these “silos” in their countries.

A report on Fox News states that West Virginia has the least amount of Latino population. “The data being rolled out weekly by the U.S. Census on population trends show that the Latino population is booming across the United States. In fact, the Hispanic population has accounted for the lion's share of the total population growth of the country over the past decade, according to the 2010 Census.

But in one state, Hispanics are a rarity, and the sound of Spanish makes people stop and heads turn.

That place is West Virginia, where Latinos are slightly just over one percent of the state population, making it the state with the smallest Latino share in the entire country

When will Obama and the liberals see the light? I don’t think they will. This is what is called “political correctness or tolerance”. I call is suicide. As long as we have a left-wing dominated press, pinhead judges, teachers unions, socialist professors, radical campus organizations and liberal politicians who pander to these groups I don’t think much will change in the near future. My only suggestion is that you pack up and move to the Mountain State before it gets overrun.

As a closing note I suggest you watch this video.

Bill Whittle talks about how policies of appeasement encouraged our enemies in the years leading up to World War II. Are modern policies of appeasement encouraging Islamic extremists? Will we pay the price for Obama's cowardice? Find out as Bill Whittle gets fired up on this edition of Afterburner.

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