Who thought this would happen in the most tolerant country in the world? But it looks as if the Dutch have had enough. The International Herald Tribune reports from Amsterdam:
Two weeks ago, the country’s biggest left-wing political grouping, the Labor Party, which has responsibility for integration as a member of the coalition government led by the Christian Democrats, issued a position paper calling for the end of the failed model of Dutch “tolerance.”
Got that? These are leftists who are realizing their much praised “tolerance” is destroying the society they love.
If judged on the standard scale of caution in dealing with cultural clashes and Muslims’ obligations to their new homes in Europe, the language of the Dutch position paper and Lilianne Ploumen, Labor’s chairperson, was exceptional.
The paper said: “The mistake we can never repeat is stifling criticism of cultures and religions for reasons of tolerance.”
Government and politicians had too long failed to acknowledge the feelings of “loss and estrangement” felt by Dutch society facing parallel communities that disregard its language, laws and customs.
Newcomers, according to Ploumen, must avoid “self-designated victimization.”
She asserted, “the grip of the homeland has to disappear” for these immigrants who, news reports indicate, also retain their original nationality at a rate of about 80 percent once becoming Dutch citizens.
It’s worth reading the whole thing. But here’s a little more:
Not clear enough? Ploumen insists, “The success of the integration process is hindered by the disproportionate number of non-natives involved in criminality and trouble-making, by men who refuse to shake hands with women, by burqas and separate courses for women on citizenship.
“We have to stop the existence of parallel societies within our society.”
Our politicians and professional do-gooders need to read this and pay close attention. Our leftists and our elites take their cues from the European left. The rest of Europe has not gotten as far as the Dutch; let’s hope they will, and let’s hope our elites follow suit. We need a powerful reaction to multiculturalism in favor of proclaiming our western values superior — freedom of speech, equality of the sexes (not sameness, but equal treatment), freedom of religion, personal responsibility in place of playing the victim, and tolerance that goes both ways, from the majority to the minority and vice-versa. We need to demand that people who choose to come to our country then become part of our country and not set up parallel societies.
In other words, we need to adopt this Dutch manifesto, or one very like it, for ourselves.