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German Chancellor Angela Merkel told immigrants they should learn to speak German and that her country's attempts to build a multicultural society have "utterly failed." Some of my readers may wonder why it took Germany's government so long to learn the truth, the truth they could have learned much sooner by reading my blog 4 years ago (1).
BBC, 17 Oct 2010, Merkel says German multicultural society has failed
Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German.
The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany.
A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners".
The debate first heated up in August when Thilo Sarrazin, a senior official at Germany's central bank, said that "no immigrant group other than Muslims is so strongly connected with claims on the welfare state and crime".
It is not only in Germany that Muslims cannot integrate, cannot assimilate, cannot accept being Germans. Last November, when he was still UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown told migrants the same thing (2) - that they must accept the responsibilities that come with living in the country: "obeying the law, speaking English, and making a contribution.”
Last December Sarkozy told Muslims not to be so Muslim, that Muslims must integrate into French society, and embrace the Republic's values and traditions. That is, to assimilate and damn it, speak French (3). It is interesting to note that in a recent poll in France only 19% were in favor of allowing mosques to be built in France.
It is the same all over Europe, the non-Muslim inhabitants of the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy have had it with Muslim immigrants; in fact, Muslims have made life so unbearable for Europeans, that an anti-immigrant wave is now sweeping all of Europe.
I expect that if Muslims continue to refuse to integrate, assimilate, to speak the language of their host countries, to demand more and more social services, and to be the majority of criminals, that Europe will have no choice but to deport Muslims. Wait and see.
The photo at the top of this article is of a NY City subway car filled with people of many cultures. My experience is that the young Chinese, Hindu, Koreans, Russians, and other children of immigrants in New York learn our language, become indistinguishable from native New Yorkers, have jobs and contribute to society. Groups who do not assimilate and learn to speak English are doomed to be criminals and dependent on welfare. For example, some black youth, even those born here, are anti-white, hardly speak our language, hate American culture, and have not integrated into our way of life. This applies to religious Muslims as well.
Multiculturalism can only work if those who are from other cultures assimilate, integrate, learn our language, contribute to society, and accept our traditions and values. People who do not want to do any of these things have traditionally throughout history been called "invaders."
A tip of the turban to GM’s Corner.
Planck's Constant, 4 May 2006, Can Muslims be Good Americans? No. No. No.
it's not only in America that one questions the loyalty of Muslims, other nations throughout the world are finding out that Muslims cannot be good citizens of their own countries.
Last March three conscripts of the Austrian army refused to salute the Austrian flag because they said this was incompatible with their Islamic religion.
It is said that one of the reasons why the French authorities did not employ the army during the November 2005 riots, despite calls to do so, was because 15% of the French armed forces are made up of Muslims.
Last month a Swiss website reported that some are concerned about the rising number of Muslim soldiers in the Swiss army. The number of Muslim citizens in Switzerland has grown from 16,000 to 310,000 during the past four decades.
Planck's Constant, 16 Jul 2010,Two thirds of Britons think UK has immigration problem
"[Muslims] come into Europe and the UK, do not bother to learn the language of their host country, demand social services, refuse to integrate, will not assimilate, are responsible for most of the crimes, and are the most violent of criminals in the prisons."
The Australian, 11 Dec 2009, Be discreet, Sarkozy tells French Muslims
Addressing himself to Muslims, he reassured them that he would fight to protect them from discrimination. "But I also want to tell them that anything that could appear as a challenge" to France's Christian heritage and republican values would "doom to failure" moderate Islam in France.
Sarkozy's point was that Muslims must integrate into French society, embracing the Republic's values and traditions.