Quite an article, yesterday, from the AFP by way of Yahoo: “Merkel says German multi-cultural society has failed” (hat tip to JDJ for sending this one my way!).
Check it out, yourself, but keep in mind: the words “multi-cultural society” in Europe often mean specifically a society seeking to succeed with Muslims and Arabs in their midst, as the article makes clear.
And Chancellor Merkel is saying publicly that it is going horribly. Here’s a selection:
Germany’s attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country’s immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.
Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made “more stupid” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.
“Multikulti”, the concept that “we are now living side by side and are happy about it,” does not work, 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, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany’s culture and values.
“We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don’t accept them don’t have a place here,” said the chancellor.
“Subsidising immigrants” isn’t sufficient, Germany has the right to “make demands” on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages.
Of course, Merkel is not demanding that Muslims become Christians — saying that immigrants need to adopt “Christian values” does not mean they must actually become Christian. In fact, she also said that “Islam is a part of Germany.” At issue is the tolerance or official “blind eye” turned to such practices as forced marriages, et al. that spring up in some Muslim communities in Europe but which Germany would not normally tolerate. (I am reminded of the requirement made of Utah to ban polygamy before it was allowed to become a state.) Merkel is declaring that such tolerance is not likely to continue.
So, while Merkel is not saying Muslims need to become Christians, she is saying that Muslims must become Germans in a more authentic sense, and she is saying that to become German one must adopt certain Christian values.
Of course, Chancellor Merkel is motivated by political concerns, working to keep both sides of the debate on immigration within her own party together. Yet, it is still jarring from an American point of view to see such a statement, given that an American policital leader (at least one of any importance) who expressed similar sentiment would be excoriated.
Others of influence in Germany are making even stronger statements. As the article mentions, a now-former German central bank member said publicly that a growing uneducated, unproductive Muslim population in the nation was making Germany “more stupid” and has published a book on the subject: Germany Does Itself In.
The book has been selling like hotcakes, apparently, because such sentiment in Germany isn’t merely concentrated on the fringes or expressed by those in ivory towers. Again, from the article:
A recent study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think tank showed around one-third of Germans feel the country is being “over-run by foreigners” and the same percentage feel foreigners should be sent home when jobs are scarce.
Nearly 60 percent of the 2,411 people polled thought the around four million Muslims in Germany should have their religious practices “significantly curbed.”
Far-right attitudes are found not only at the extremes of German society, but “to a worrying degree at the centre of society,” the think tank said in its report.
I have wondered for some time if the threat of a rapidly growing, non-integrating Muslim culture in Europe might begin to steer the generally secular continent towards its “Christian” heritage in an effort to fight fire with fire. Religion is destined to play a role in binding Europe together — a task that history, ancient and modern, has shown to be daunting. The Bible, too, says of the union that will become the Beast power, that it is like “iron mixed with clay” and that it does not hold together easily (Daniel 2:41-43). Yet returning to a historic “Chrisitan” heritage (what Pope John Paul II called Europe’s “roots”) promises something that can do the job, and it would bring with it the “benefit” of making those who are causing an increasing number of Germans and Europeans to feel uneasy — the growing, non-integrating Muslim immigrant population — to seem all the more foreign. The more foreign they seem, the easier it is to publicly accept more drastic measures to reject them.
In that light, seeing Merkel stress that Germany has the right to “make demands” of Muslim immigrants and seeing her characterize “German values” as “Christian values” is interesting, indeed.
- Merkel says German multi-cultural society has failed (yahoo.com)
- Merkel: Multiculturalism is a failure (hotair.com)
- Germany has ‘utterly failed’ (thesun.co.uk)
- Germany’s Merkel: Multicultural society a failure (sfgate.com)