Saturday, November 19, 2005

Not all Muslims want to integrate

Some of you may have read this essay by now, but I post it here for those of you who haven't. Bruce Bawer is an American journalist and writer, now living in Oslo, Norway:

Not all Muslims want to integrate

Americans know about ghettos. For many of our families, they've been a stage in the transition from immigrant to native. Many ghetto residents are still, essentially, foreigners; integration takes place largely in the next generation, as the children of immigrants go to school, find jobs, and leave the ghetto behind. Not in Europe. Officially, to be sure, France is less multicultural than most European countries - witness its rejection of religious labels in public documents and its ban on hijabs in schools. But enduring segregation is a fact of life in France as it is elsewhere on the continent. Millions of "French Muslims" don't consider themselves French. A government report leaked last March depicted an increasingly two-track educational system: More and more Muslim students refuse to sing, dance, participate in sports, sketch a face, or play an instrument. They won't draw a right angle (it looks like part of the Christian cross). They won't read Voltaire and Rousseau (too antireligion), Cyrano de Bergerac (too racy), Madame Bovary (too pro-women), or Chrétien de Troyes (too chrétien). One school has separate toilets for "Muslims" and "Frenchmen"; another obeyed a Muslim leader's call for separate locker rooms because "the circumcised should not have to undress alongside the impure."

In Britain, imams have pressed the government to designate part of Bradford as being under Muslim law. In Belgium, Muslims in the Brussels neighborhood of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek consider it to be under Islamic jurisdiction. In Denmark, Muslim leaders have sought similar control over parts of Copenhagen. In France, an official met with an imam at the edge of Roubaix's Muslim district out of respect for his declaration that it was Islamic territory. In many cities, police have stopped patrolling certain enclaves, the authorities having effectively ceded control to local religious leaders. No surprise, then, that a Muslim rioter in Århus, Denmark, the other day cried out: "This area belongs to us!" Amir Taheri, editor of Politique Internationale, noted that the main reason for the French riots is not that two youths died hiding from cops in a transformer station; it's that the state responded to the initial unrest by sending police into an area that many locals saw as their own inviolate domain. These riots, in short, are early battles in a continent-wide turf war.


At November 20, 2005 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found his use of the term ghetto to be interesting, since most immigrants lived in communities settled by their ethnic group.

In Minnesota, they were mainly Swedes and Norwegians. In St.Paul they had a huge settelement called
Swede Hollow

They would find the term ghetto foreign and never considered themselves poor or disadvantaged.

I guess the MSM wasn't around to clue them into how miserable they really were.

Pity that isn't true today.

At November 20, 2005 3:48 AM, Blogger ik said...

Show me once country/culture/civilization in the entire history of Planet Earth where a Muslim minority lived comfortably without causing trouble

At November 20, 2005 8:08 AM, Blogger Mike H. said...

I also find his use of the word ghetto to be curious, because the term applied to the area in each town that jews lived in. (eg. Warsaw ghetto).

At November 20, 2005 1:32 PM, Blogger tefta said...

It's obvious the word, ghetto, was used for its emotional appeal rather than as a useful description of circumstances. Ghettoes are where designated people are required to live, not places where ethnics settle voluntarily to be together with their "landsmen."

If Muslims don't want to integrate, they should stay where they are. No country, no matter how self destructive, will turn themselves over to control by their immigrant minority.

The pendulum of insanity called multi-culti has begun swinging back... and not a moment too soon.

At November 20, 2005 1:44 PM, Blogger wilpuri said...

The ghetto is often used to describe a part of town that is populated by a certain ethnic group, e.g. the Jewish ghettoes, etc. There is even a term called 'ghettofication' which refers to a phenomena which is going on in most Western European nations: people of the same cultural and ethnic background seek to live in areas where they form a large number, which eventually leads to 'ethnic' ghettoes.

At November 20, 2005 11:05 PM, Blogger tefta said...

From Wikipedia:

The word historically referred to restricted housing zones where Jews were required to live …


[Italian, after Ghetto, island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century.]


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