Interesting article by a Dutch author that talks about the immigrant problem in Europe. As always, read the whole thing. But I was struck by these two paragraphs:
In December 2013, Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Berlin Social Science Center published a study on “Fundamentalism and out-group hostility,” in which he compared hostility among Muslim immigrants with hostility among Christian natives in Western Europe. He writes: “Almost 60 percent agree that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam, 75 percent think there is only one interpretation of the Quran possible to which every Muslim should stick and 65 percent say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.” In regards to Christian citizens he concludes: “Less than 4 percent can be characterized as consistent fundamentalists.”
On hatred of Jews and homosexuals among Europe’s Muslim population, Koopmans finds: “Almost 60 percent reject homosexuals as friends and 45 percent think that Jews cannot be trusted. While about one in five natives can be considered as Islamophobic, the level of phobia against the West among Muslims — for which oddly enough there is no word; one might call it ‘Occidentophobia’ — is much higher still, with 54 percent believing that the West is out to destroy Islam.” Recorded rates of Christian hate toward Muslims hover around 10 percent.
I am enamored of the new term because, more than anything, it is a term that can be thrown back at those who like to trot out “Islamaphobia” each and every time anyone attempts to discuss radical Islam. So what’s the problem with Muslims, aka the “religion of peace”, that so many of them have hatred for the West and Western ways? Doesn’t that qualify for a “phobia” for heaven sake – especially in the era of being tagged as ___aphobic (fill in the blank) of you disagree about anything the left is invested in.
The article says much of the problem in Europe is that Muslims there aren’t assimilated. I can believe that. The question, however, is how much of that is Europe’s fault and how much of that is the immigrant’s fault. For instance, if you’re not willing to subordinate your culture (religious or otherwise) to the dominant culture, you’re not going to be assimilated. If that’s the case, and the numbers are as indicated, aren’t then a majority of immigrant Muslims “phobic” about the West?
So, why are they there?
That’s the salient question, if the data is true, and it is one that EU leaders and those in the US, won’t ask or face.
If not to assimilate, what is the purpose of your immigration?
That question likely will see me labeled as “Islamophobic”. If so, I can live with that.