Ending the multicultural experiment
February 07, 2011
1:00 am Eastern
Vox Day, World Net Daily
In September, a member of board of the Bundesbank, the German equivalent of the Federal Reserve, published a book titled "Germany is Abolishing Itself." The reaction to Thilo Sarrazin's thesis, which is that Muslim immigration not only threatens the existence of Germany, but of every country in which it is permitted, was mixed. While the pushers of multiculturalism and diversity exploded in outrage and Sarrazin was encouraged to resign from the Bundesbank board, the book became an immediate best-seller.
Unlike past sinners against diversity dogma, Sarrazin has neither apologized nor backed down. Various opinion polls have demonstrated that the majority of Germans agree with him despite the fact that the political elite in both major parties are still frightened to death at the thought of being forced to address the very large elephant in the Bundesrepublik's living room.
This same split between the multicultural pieties of the political and academic classes and the sound historical instincts of the populace is visible throughout Europe. In the Scandinavian countries, the police try to hide the statistics relating to the rape epidemic that is concurrent with the influx of non-Scandinavian immigrants; the incidence of rape in Sweden has doubled in the last 10 years and is now approaches the world-leading South African rate. In Italy, there have even been armed attacks on camps of immigrant squatters by Italians fed up with imported crime.
And the proud city of London has been rightly dubbed Londonistan as its universities and mosques are now producing more jihadists than most Muslim countries.
How Germany is Committing Suicide by Islam - Thilo Sarrazin
All of this no doubt factored into British Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to utilize his speech at a Munich security conference to denounce "state multiculturalism.""What I am about to say is drawn from the British experience, but I believe there are general lessons for us all. In the UK, some young men find it hard to identify with the traditional Islam practiced at home by their parents, whose customs can seem staid when transplanted to modern Western countries. But these young men also find it hard to identify with Britain, too, because we have allowed the weakening of our collective identity. Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream. We've failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We've even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values.
So, when a white person holds objectionable views, racist views for instance, we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practices come from someone who isn't white, we've been too cautious frankly – frankly, even fearful – to stand up to them. … This hands-off tolerance has only served to reinforce the sense that not enough is shared. And this all leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless. And the search for something to belong to and something to believe in can lead them to this extremist ideology. Now for sure, they don't turn into terrorists overnight, but what we see – and what we see in so many European countries – is a process of radicalisation."
It is good that a British head of state has finally found the courage to say what so many European heads of state are still afraid to admit. But Cameron is making the same mistake that George W. Bush made before him. Because liberal secularism that Cameron upholds is what produced state multiculturalism, it cannot be expected to successfully serve as an opposition to it.
Still, Cameron's speech marks the first time that the Western political elite has admitted the failure of multiculturalism. Other steps will follow, and eventually the diversity dogma will be abandoned entirely. But it will take time, during which the extent of the challenge will continue to grow.
While Cameron is correct to assert that Europe and the West need to wake up on the subject of Islamic extremism, he is naively optimistic to imagine that the post-national, post-Christian values he espouses are a sufficiently strong horse to compete with the Islamic revival that has swept the Middle East and is now spreading throughout Africa, Europe and even North America. The secular humanist god of Science Reason is as helpless in defense of its own as were the wooden idols of Baal when mocked by the prophet Elijah. If the West is to survive this ongoing conflict of cultures, it will eventually learn that it must turn to the bold spirit of Charles Martel instead of the satirical one of Voltaire and the Enlightenment.
» » » » [World Net Daily]
Nicolas Sarkozy declares multiculturalism has failed
French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday declared that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
1:32AM GMT 11 Feb 2011
MULTICULTURALISM IS NOT POSSIBLE - SARKOZY [Correction: "We are a Catholic country" should read "We are a secular country"]
"We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him," he said in a television interview in which he declared the concept a "failure".
Prime Minister David Cameron last month pronounced his country's long-standing policy of multiculturalism a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's former prime minister John Howard and former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar have also in recent months said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
"My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure," he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.
"Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want... a society where communities coexist side by side.
"If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France," the right-wing president said.
"The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women... freedom for little girls to go to school," he said.
"We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him," Sarkozy said in the TFI channel show.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.
Merkel in October said efforts towards multiculturalism in Germany had "failed, totally."
The comment followed weeks of anguished debate sparked by the huge popularity of a book by a central banker saying that immigrants, in particular Muslims, were making Germany "more stupid."
Britain's Cameron last week pronounced his country's long-standing policy of multiculturalism a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism.
He urged a "more active, muscular liberalism" where equal rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy are actively promoted to create a stronger national identity.
The prime minister, who took power in May 2010, argued that "under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream".
He said this had resulted in a lack of national identity in Britain which had made some young Muslims turn to extremist ideology.
Sarkozy said in his television interview Thursday that "our Muslim compatriots must be able to practise their religion, as any citizen can," but he noted "we in France do not want people to pray in an ostentatious way in the street."
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen late last year came under fire for comparing Muslims praying in the streets outside overcrowded mosques in France to the Nazi occupation.
Marine Le Pen said there were "ten to fifteen" places in France where Muslims worshipped in the streets outside mosques when these were full.
» » » » [Telegraph and AFP]
» » [The Province: Has Multiculturalism Failed as a Policy?]
» » [Reuters: Sarkosy joins allies in burying multi-culturalism]
» » [Press Herald: Shell-shocked Europeans reconsider 'multiculturalism']
“I am guilty of breaking law which forbids free speech” – Danish MP
06 February 2011
Multiculturalism is costing Europe its right to free speech, says Danish MP Jesper Langballe, who was convicted for making an anti-Muslim hate speech.
Langballe says Denmark has fostered a special culture of feeling offended.
“A lot of people in Denmark – first of all Muslims, but also many left-wing people – see feeling offended as an art. The legal system shouldn’t care about people feeling offended, but should ask instead: Are they really offended? Is it true what those men say?”
He added that the law on hate speech that he was convicted of breaking is actually the main problem.
» » » » [Russia Today]
Multiculturalism has failed - Merkel / There mustn't be any false tolerance - German politician
26 October, 2010, 12:10
Society does not have to adopt cultural traditions and the laws of immigrants. There can be no compromise between the German rule of law and Sharia law, which has no place in Germany – a German politician told RT.
The problem with the integration of immigrants into German life is that newcomers want society to adopt their culture – and not vice versa, insists Wolfgang Bosbach, a member of the Christian Democratic Union Party which is part of Germany’s leading coalition.
RT: When the Chancellor said multiculturalism had failed – what did she mean by multiculturalism?
Wolfgang Bosbach: Angela Merkel stated that “multikulti” has failed because in Germany we have too much co-existence rather than togetherness and there are only a few examples of successful integration. There are [actually] millions of examples of successful integration but there are too many examples of refusals and failures. Integration is so important for the improvement of life perspectives of immigrants in Germany. That's why we should not live separately next to each other, so to speak "multikulti", but together.
RT: So when we talk about integration – what does your party actually intend to do to help integrate people who are clearly not so at the moment?
WB: First of all it's the task of the people coming here to integrate themselves into society. One can't come to Germany, sit down and say: government, please integrate me. Instead one has to make an effort to become part of this accepting society, and the state has to make offers to make integration work, especially language courses. Hundreds of thousands have visited language courses over recent years. This is a very encouraging result.
RT: There were top politicians addressing this issue of immigration with very strong wording. Do you think that this has tapped into people’s often deep prejudices about immigration and about the Islamic religion that they are actually pretty ignorant about?
WB: I don't think that harsh words were used but rather the right words. Sensible politics begins with looking at the reality. In this reality there are millions of examples of the best kind of integration but there also too many examples of failing and refusing to integrate. And the statistics say that the rate of unemployment among immigrants is double the average among the population. The quota of those receiving welfare among immigrants is three times as high as among the population. And it makes no sense talking around this issue. One must call things as they are, in reality. One cannot say: I find the system of social benefits in Germany very good but not the rule of law. Those who come to Germany must respect the law, the constitution and our cultural traditions.
» » » » [Excerpts: Russia Today]
» » [Russia Today: Discrimination blamed for Germany’s “failed” multiculturalism]
Italian Foreign Minister: "Christian roots of European identity must be defended"
Prague, 12.2.2011 09:55
Daily Mail.UK Poll @ Multiculturalism in Germany has 'utterly failed', claims Chancellor Angela Merkel
Speaking last week after a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said a multicultural European Union will be weak unless it shares common principles and values. Frattini also said he was in favor of a greater defense of the Christian roots of European identity. According to Frattini, the Czech Republic and Italy share the same opinions about multiculturalism and the defense of Christianity.
"We agree that a multicultural Europe without shared values and without commonly shared principles will be a weak Europe," Frattini told journalists. "The Prime Minister of Great Britain (David Cameron) has also recognized that multicultural models fail if not shored up by shared common values."
Cameron recently spoke of the "failure" of Britain's policy of tolerance for minorities. Last Saturday the British PM declared that Britain must build up a stronger national awareness in order to prevent people from turning to extremism. The opposition and the Muslim community in Britain criticized his remarks.
Last October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made similar remarks, declaring that the idea of multiculturalism had "completely failed" in Germany. She sent a message to Muslims wanting to live in Germany that they must respect the German Constitution, not Islamic sharia law. In her opinion, very little had been required of immigrants in the past. She now believes they should learn German in order to be able to attend school and then work.
Both Frattini and Schwarzenberg also spoke of the need to defend human rights and Christians in the world. "I appreciate Minister Frattini's courage very much. He was the only one to really significantly stand up for Christians in the Middle East, who have come under a great deal of pressure in recent years," Schwarzenberg said. Frattini wants to reintroduce the question of Christian identity as a topic at the EU once more. In response to last week's attack by Muslim extremists in Indonesia on Christian churches, Schwarzenberg declared that Christians everywhere must be defended.
» » » » [Excerpts: Romea]
European Nations Question the Wisdom of Multiculturalism
February 9, 2011
Festering in the minds of some European countries in the past few years has been the political debate surrounding state multiculturalism and integration. In October last year, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it was time for Germany to face fact and admit that the nation’s multicultural society had failed. Speaking to a group of younger members of her conservative party Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Chancellor outlined the failure of the so-called “multikulti” concept introduced to German society after the immigration of especially Turkish workers back in the 1960s. The speech came at a time when anti-immigration feelings had strengthened in the country and recent national surveys suggested that over 30% of the population believed the country was “overrun by foreigners”, according to BBC News.
Mrs. Merkel made clear that she did not intend the country to isolate itself from the outside world but indicated that immigrants should integrate better – including learning German – and that such goals were not to be met through a “multikulti” approach.
This month, the British Prime Minister David Cameron came to a similar conclusion at a security conference in Munich. Mr. Cameron was tackling the issue of radicalization and causes of terrorism when he named the failure to institute stronger national identity in youth as a major cause for rootlessness and extremism in recent years.
Inayat Bunglawala from Muslims4Uk argues that Mr. Cameron has misinterpreted the background for extremism, citing that Muslims have been in the UK since the 1960s and have not seen extremism emerge until after the events of 2001. Mr. Bunglawala says that Mr. Cameron is “firing at the wrong target” and calls the Prime Minister’s attitude as “patronizing” to British Muslims in an interview with the BBC.
However, the Prime Minister argued in Munich that today’s British young Muslims are finding it hard to identify with any specific set of values because the values of the British society has been weakened by multiculturalism. The strong views attacked the cautiousness applied to cultures other than the British, when such have acted against the collective values of the greater society. Mr. Cameron called for a revival of strong national identity.
These government admissions have come at a time when many European countries are questioning their ability to monitor the influx of non-Western immigrants. Many nations are also experiencing a rise in hostility towards foreigners – especially those coming from Eastern European, African and Islamic nations – in the public as well as political sphere. Last year, France voted to ban the Islamic full veil in public, a move that elevated the ban from 2004 on head scarves and any other religious symbols in state schools. Even though the ban was strongly supported by the French public, spokesmen from Muslim groups and sympathizers argued that the ban would stigmatize an already vulnerable group and was nothing more than an expression of ‘fear of foreigners’.
Also in Denmark, the growing hostility towards multiculturalism has left its mark. Most recently it has been concluded that the Danish government was responsible for three violations of UN conventions on torture, racial discrimination and civil and political rights in 2010. However, the ruling party has responded with indifference to the report and argue that Denmark should not let their integration policies be determined by a committee “where half the members come from deeply undemocratic countries and regimes” says political spokesman for integration Karsten Lauritzen to Danish daily Jyllands-posten. The UN human rights committee finds it harmful that a country such as Denmark dismisses the work of the UN.
» » » » [Africana Online]