Alternate Headlines; Germans are German culturally, Germans want to preserve German culture, Germans frustrated with foreigners telling them how to live, etc One of the big news stories not being given the attention I think it deserves. This from the Agence France-Presse, via the National Post…
Germany’s attempts to create a multi-cultural society in which people from various cultural backgrounds live together peacefully have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday.
“Multikulti”, the concept that “we are now living side by side and are happy about it,” does not work, Ms. Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.
“This approach has failed, totally,” she said…
There is a lot said in this article and I recommend my modest readership read it all the way through. The point is that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is simply reiterating what many, if not most Germans are thinking. While only a third of those polled believe Germany is “over-run by foreigners”, nearly sixty percent of them felt Muslims should have their religious practices “significantly curbed”. While Merkel’s statement expresses how her party and its supporters are feeling about the state of Germany, the poll data demonstrates that this isn’t simply the concern of the “far-right” (an apparent attempt by the author of this article to ignore the greater implications of this news).
So what does this mean? The truth is that this has two significant implications. The first of which is the obvious point that many Germans are feeling that German culture is under attack by this push for multiculturalism, or “Multikulti”, which gives preference to foreign customs and practices. We have already seen this in North America with the attack on our culture, mainly the inability for Christians to practice their faith freely, but it seems to be much worse in Germany. It is one thing to be accepting of foreign cultures, but is quite another to impose them over our own. So what does this mean for immigration? Obviously the majority of Germans do not feel immigration is a threat to Germany, and one could infer from this that many think that the majority of immigrants are assimilating into society. It isn’t immigration, but certain immigrants which are causing problems, which brings us to the second point; Germans are getting frustrated with Turkish, if not all Muslim immigrants.
Before I start, let me clarify this point. Not all Turkish immigrants are unwilling to assimilate, but within the Turkish community in Germany, Islamic radicalism has become a serious problem. It isn’t just the Turks, but the larger Muslim community within the country is being slowly overrun by extremists. While fundamentalist Muslims would have us believe that Europe is willingly submitting to their efforts, the opposite is true. We have not only seen France’s Senate vote overwhelmingly to ban the Niqab in public, but last week we saw Dutch prosecutors dropping charges against Geert Wilders for criticizing Islam. There definitely seems to be a push against fundamentalist Islam within Europe right now and Merkel’s statement does help support this belief. It isn’t just statements though, Germany has made moves to combat the spread of Islamic radicalism. In August, German authorities shut down the Taiba mosque in Hamburg, which was linked to the September 11th attacks. While many would simply dismiss this as German “Islamophobia”, or the concerns of “far-right radicals”, it is obvious that this is more than the frustrations of a minority of within the country.
So what does this mean for North America? I would argue that, for the most part, most immigrants do assimilate, and while there is an issue with a bias against Christianity, I think it has more to do with push from the “intelligentsia” to undermine the faith than it does with immigration. Because of this, the issue isn’t much multiculturalism but understanding that radical Islam has become a problem that cannot be ignored anymore. Does this mean that multiculturalism isn’t a problem for Canada and the United States? Of course not. There are numerous examples of our own culture being attacked by those who wish to accommodate a foreign one. It wasn’t that long ago that Erik Millet, the former principle of Belleisle Elementary in New Brunswick, refused to play O Canada during the mornings to accommodate parents of children who had recently immigrated to Canada. With out national anthem under attack, it is obvious that there are issues with our multicultural policies.
As for the issue of radical Islam, I would like to believe that we are slowly catching on to this reality. Earlier this month, Defence Minister Peter MacKay canceled a public talk by Imam Zijad Delic, the executive director of the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), because of the organization’s extremist ties. This is a sign that at least the Conservatives understand that Islamic fundamentalism cannot be accepted in Canada. While not as publicized, the negative reaction to the overreaction by Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to Bill O’Reilly’s statements on ‘The View’, demonstrate that many, if not most, Americans aren’t willing to accept that Islam wasn’t at all responsible for the 9/11 attacks. This also seems to be a belief shared by Canadians as well as the entire panel of ‘The Michael Coren Show’ agreed with and defended O’Reilly’s statements. I could go on, but I think I have made my point.
Hopefully Angela Merkel’s statement will be a wake up call for those in the Western world still clinging to this nonsensical notion of “tossed salad” multiculturalism. Conflicting cultures will not simply mesh together, especially the culture that Islamic fundamentalists are trying to impose. I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t celebrate the culture of the immigrants who come to shores, but not at the expense of our own. If immigrants, Muslim or otherwise, do not wish to respect the culture, if not the laws, of the country they are immigrating to, it may be time to issue an ultimatum to them; You either respect our ways and assimilate into our society or you go back to where you came from.
UPDATE: Hat tip to Blazing Cat Fur for the link to Orwellian Culture’s post on Multiculturalism in Canada. Much like this post, it is a response to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comment, but it is far more centered on the issues regarding Canada’s multicultural policies. The post is far more blunt than mine, but I would still recommend my modest readership give it a read.
UPDATE: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey is now weighing in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments. Morrissey makes it clear that while most Muslims aren’t the problem, there are fundamentalists who would seek to replace national laws with Islamic ones. This is very much the point I tried to make, pointing the to growing number of Islamic fundamentalists in Germany who’s practices nearly sixty percent of Germans are uncomfortable with. In short, the issue isn’t all Muslims, but those who refuse to assimilate and are trying to push fundamentalist Islam, not only on the Muslim community, but all of Germany.
In any event, I recommend my modest readership give Ed Morrissey’s post a read. He really helps better explain what myself and others are saying.