Saturday, December 04, 2004

Europe questions multi-culturalism.

Still stuck in 429 B.C., a couple teenage practitioners of the 'Religion of Peace' stone a girl to death in France. No word yet on whether a violent video game caused them to snap:
DAYS before she was due to be married, Ghofrane Haddaoui, 23, refused the advances of a teenage boy and paid with her life. Lured to waste ground near her home in Marseilles, the Tunisian-born Frenchwoman was stoned to death, her skull smashed by rocks hurled by at least two young men, according to police.

Although the circumstances of the murder are not clear, the horrific "lapidation" of the young Muslim stoked a French belief that the country can no longer tolerate the excesses of an alien culture in its midst.

The shift is not just a reaction to exceptional violence such as the Madrid train bombings, or the murder of Theo van Gogh, the anti-Islamic Dutch film-maker, by a Dutch-Moroccan. It stems from a belief that more muscular methods are needed to integrate Europe's 13-million strong Muslim community and to combat creeds that breed extremists and ultimately, terrorism. With mixed results, governments are trying to quell the scourge by co-opting Muslim leaders to promote a moderate European Islam.

In Germany, with its three million mainly Turkish Muslims, and France, with its five million of mainly North African descent, television viewers were shocked when local young Muslims approved of Van Gogh's murder. If you insult Islam, you have to pay,” was a typical response.

"The notion of multiculturalism has fallen apart," said Angela Merkel, leader of Germany’s Christian Democrat opposition. "Anyone coming here must respect our constitution and tolerate our Western and Christian roots." Italy's traditional tolerance towards immigrants has been eroded by fear of Islamism. An Ipsos poll in September showed that 48 per cent of Italians believed that a "clash of civilisations" between Islam and the West was under way and that Islam was "a religion more fanatical than any other".

I'm sorry it took the Madrid bombing, murder of an anti-Muslim filmmaker and the stoning of a Muslim girl to begin a European awakening. Europe has never been accused of a developed ability to identify a threat.

But the Left in the U.S. is intent on not learning the lessons of Europe. Stoned by concerns at 'offending' people of other faiths by washing all signs of God out of a country and a culture based on it, the Left feels that if we just make the US a more comfortable place for people of other faiths to live, utopian harmony will soon follow.

Recall the old adage - "When in Rome, do as the Romans." What about when in the US? Fearing conflict from people who choose to be insulted by the history of the country they've decided to live in, the Left would rather atrophy America's Christian foundation by not allowing its free exercise.

The liberal Left has adopted secularism as its religion, at the expense of whittling the identity of the what the Founding Fathers, precisely had in mind. One nation, Under God. Afterall, the First Amendment of the Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof..." Always selective, the Left leaves out that second, inconvenient part. With most of Europe nearly void of Christianity, the 35 million Muslims are in a great position to begin fulfilling the main tenet of Islam - converting the entire world, killing those who don't obey.

If we allow the Left to assail us in small incremental steps by removing God from American culture, future generations will find themselves asking, "Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?"

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