Myth Blaster: Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism

An email circulating that concerns multiculturalism and the Dutch government. It has no sources nor author of origin:
The Netherlands , where six per cent of the population is now Muslim, is scrapping multiculturalism: The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands. A new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people.

In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society. The letter continues: “A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands.
The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants who ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.
The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner: “It is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants”
The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering, Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.
Holland has done that whole liberal thing, and realized, it may be too late, that creating a nation of tribes will kill the nation itself.
READERS NOTE: Muslim immigrants leave their countries of birth because of civil and political unrest “CREATED BY THE VERY NATURE OF THEIR CULTURE.”
Countries like Holland and Australia have an established way of life that actually works, so why embrace the unworkable?
If Muslims do not wish to accept another culture, the answer is simple: “STAY WHERE YOU ARE! “
This gives a whole new meaning to the term; ‘Dutch Courage’. Unfortunately, the USA and other countries politicians don’t have the courage(YET) to do the same.
Myth Blaster Verdict: TRUE
The story came from Gatestone Institute written by Soeren Kern, dated June 23rd 2011. It’s old news and little about it has been written by US mainstream media. The text in the email copies what is written by Kern, but the original sender failed to give the author credit. The article includes information about the covering letter and the 15-page action plan.
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker, wrote a story about it on June 25th, 2011. …

This occurred just a day before a Dutch court acquitted Geert Wilders of defaming Islam by, in part, reading from the Koran. It looks as though common sense is triumphing in one of the nations which led the western world down the path of political correctness. It is hard to overstate the potential importance of this development for societies elsewhere, including the United States.

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Multiculturalism
is a body of thought in political philosophy about the proper way to respond to cultural and religious diversity. Mere toleration of group differences is said to fall short of treating members of minority groups as equal citizens; recognition and positive accommodation of group differences are required through “group-differentiated rights,” a term coined by Will Kymlicka (1995). Some group-differentiated rights are held by individual members of minority groups, as in the case of individuals who are granted exemptions from generally applicable laws in virtue of their religious beliefs or individuals who seek language accommodations in schools or in voting. Other group-differentiated rights are held by the group qua group rather by its members severally; such rights are properly called group rights, as in the case of indigenous groups and minority nations, who claim the right of self-determination. In the latter respect, multiculturalism is closely allied with nationalism.
Wikipedia lists the different contexts of multiculturalism in various countries: Australia, Argentina, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Germany, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, and South Korea.
The gist of it all is that a group of immigrants, in this case a religious group of Muslims, whose religion is Islam, immigrates to a nation and seeks to have that nation change its way of life, laws, and social traditions for the sake of the immigrating group. Assimilation is not attempted, but instead the immigrants establish pockets of their culture or take over communities. The public is especially resentful when those immigrants become militant and reveal their intent to globalize their religion through aggressive acts and infiltration of the host nation’s judiciary and political infrastructure; which the ultimate goal is to establish Sharia Law. In addition, they expect tolerance from the host nation, but they practice intolerance toward other religions and social-political systems.
In the United States the rule of thumb is simple: freedom of religion exists as part of the Bill of Rights; however, no one has the right to interfere with or against other citizens rights in the name of exercising their rights. Underground Islamic fascist groups have been established in the United States and elsewhere, which presents a real and present danger to all host nations.
In the past, the Dutch society has been “a culture of permissiveness”; despite the transgressions of the immigrants to Dutch law. The policy now is to not cave in to pressures from Muslims who will not assimilate into Dutch society, but instead intend to have Dutch society conform to their culture and Sharia Law.
Islam has a long history of conquest, persecution of other religions, and forced conversion; which began the series of Crusades and now has returned as an important and alarming issue in the western world that is primarily Christian. It is mostly due to the fact that too many Muslims expect host nations to conform and convert its established culture and traditions to their will, policies, and beliefs.

3 comments on “Myth Blaster: Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism

  1. Jerry Bruce says:

    This is exactly why we should follow the Dutch in making ALL immigrants learn English, support the laws of this nation & have NO established exceptions to what all citizens have to follow.

  2. attyboy says:

    The story boiled down is that Dutch government learned the consequences of being a bit too accommodating. They took a politically neutral concept and applied it incorrectly. The USA, however, need not become xenophobic – just remain vigilant of extremists.

    WE have freedom of religion as part of the Bill of Rights, but we also have equal protection of the 14th Amendment. What happened in the Netherlands could not happen in the USA – for very long, anyway – because no class or group can be given a legal right that will interfere with other citizens’ rights – absent a compelling government interest that can be served by no other means and which imposes the least infringement on others’ constitutional rights.

    That is why Christianity continues to slowly lose ground as the “dominant” religion. US constitutional principles, not the 10 commandments, are the fibers that give strength to our social fabric.

    The way WE were created and have evolved as a nation allows multiculturalism to thrive without threatening anyone else. Well, except for the poor Native Americans who were “sacrificed” for the greater good – because they didn’t “understand” and WE, in our infancy, didn’t know any better. And all immigrant groups who were discriminated against because of irrational fears that led to irrational stereotyping and irrational legislation. But, like the Dutch, we continue to learn from our mistakes.

  3. Apparently you are not keeping up with events and issues concerning immigration in the United States – we are literally being invaded by Mexico. Included in groups crossing from Mexico are drug cartel soldiers sent to expand their business and Islamic Jihadists. As far as the Ten Commandments, except for the first commandment – the remaining commandments are part of an international “golden rule” in which a successful society/civilization can exist. Islam would have no one decrying their doctrine if it was not promoting violence against all other religions; a group who insists upon others to be tolerant while their doctrine preaches intolerance. You are delusional in matters discussed and are derogatory to Christianity just because it is the predominant religion that is more tolerant; except concerning recent issues concerning the growing movement to denounce and not go against the very constitutional rights you have referred to. You need to do more objective research as to the illegal immigration situation and the fact that too many do not come here to assimilate and join American society, but create pockets (multiculturalism) that will grow large enough to change traditions and society in America – and not for the benefit of all. Our nation was built on immigration; however, those immigrants came here to speak English and be an American – not bring the ideologies and politics that required them to leave their original homeland. Indeed, socialism and apathy towards the illegal immigration situation has ruined California and so Californians have been moving to other states because of it; yet they bring with them the same political attitudes and delusions to the new state and end up with the same situation. The same thing has happened to New Yorkers who move to other states for whatever reason, mainly to depart from socialism.

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