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Germany's message to Muslims: Go home
Press Democrat ^ | October 20, 2010 | LEONARD PITTS Jr.

Posted on 10/20/2010 9:11:40 AM PDT by NCjim

Multiculturalism has completely failed.

That’s the assessment of Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, in a recent speech before the youth wing of her conservative political party, the Christian Democratic Union. The idea that disparate peoples can “simply live side by side and live happily with each other” has failed, she said. “Utterly failed.”

Merkel insisted that Germany still welcomes immigrants, particularly those whose high-tech skills make them valuable workers. But she conditioned that welcome upon a warning: “We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity — that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”

To put that another way: Muhammad, go home.

Merkel’s words have yet to gain much traction on this side of the Atlantic, but they have roiled the political landscape in Germany, which — like much of Europe — is struggling to manage an influx of immigrants of Arabic origin and Islamic faith. The U.S. State Department reports that Germany is now home to 3.5 million Muslims.

So there are mosques where there were not before — along with women in scarves, people with foreign accents, ghettoized poverty and a fear that some core aspect of the nation’s character, its very “German-ness,” is under assault.

Last year, the head of Germany’s central bank published a book, “Germany is Destroying Itself,” arguing that the influx of Muslims was lowering the nation’s intelligence. He was censured and fired, but the book was popular and the country seemed to agree with its thesis. The Guardian newspaper of London reports that, according to one recent poll, a third of all Germans believe their country is being “overrun” by foreigners.

And if Merkel’s declaration has received scant notice in the United States, that will likely change soon. Her words will surely be manna to the constellation of xenophobic bloggers and pundits for whom it is an article of faith that Muslims — and Hispanics — are agents of ruin. They would laud her contention that multiculturalism is unworkable and undermines national character.

Of course, America isn’t Germany. America’s mainstream culture is already made, and has always been made, of other cultures. So that if apple pie is quintessentially American, well, so are burritos, borscht, sauerkraut, paella and sweet potato pie.

That said, proponents of multiculturalism should concede this much: It is not easy, being diverse. To the contrary, it’s a challenging thing.

Diversity raises questions that are thorny and defiant of easy answers. From the Muslim woman whose religious sensibilities required her employer, Disneyland, to design a uniform with a head covering, to arguments over a schoolbook some American Cubans thought painted too rosy a picture of that island, from debate over whether and how to dismantle the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” restricting gay service in the military, to arguments over how and when Español “es hablado” in public, managing diversity often means managing a delicate balance between accommodation and coercion, between expectation and fear, between reverence for what was, then, and sensitivity to what is, now.

The only thing worse than living in a nation that seeks to achieve that balance is living in one that does not.

So with due respect to Germany, it is impossible not to consider the source here. We should all be alive to the grim historical resonance of a German chancellor declaring the idea of disparate cultures living peaceably side by side a failure. What, after all, is the alternative? Shall Germany officially declare itself a nation with room enough for one culture only? For the record, that’s been tried already. And it didn’t work so well, either.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: germany; merkel; multiculturalism

1 posted on 10/20/2010 9:11:44 AM PDT by NCjim
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To: NCjim

And the Nazis were allied with Muslims in WW2.


2 posted on 10/20/2010 9:15:27 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: NCjim
“We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity — that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”

Hallelujah.
3 posted on 10/20/2010 9:16:09 AM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: NCjim

I agree with her...multiculturism is a gigantic failure when immigrants won’t assimilate.


4 posted on 10/20/2010 9:19:03 AM PDT by FrankR (You are only obligated to obama to the extent you accept his handouts.)
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To: NCjim

The Muslim criteria is incompatible with modern society. It is NOT a religion. It is and always has been...a politicaql movement.


5 posted on 10/20/2010 9:19:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: NCjim

A pro-Islamic cartoonist. Why should people be allowed to invade another country, demand freebies and to change their culture. No thanks. The Germans are correct.


6 posted on 10/20/2010 9:19:52 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: NCjim

A pro-Islamic cartoonist. Why should people be allowed to invade another country, demand freebies and to change their culture. No thanks. The Germans are correct.


7 posted on 10/20/2010 9:20:01 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: hoosierham

Muslims in Germany are doing the same thing. They want to take over Europe. What is Europe to do? Either they stand up to them or let them take over. I see big trouble in Europe over this. Hopefully, Europe will come together and stop them.


8 posted on 10/20/2010 9:21:46 AM PDT by RC2
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To: NCjim

Hear, hear!


9 posted on 10/20/2010 9:25:30 AM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: FrankR
I agree with her...multiculturism is a gigantic failure when immigrants won’t assimilate.

I'm sure the inevitable comparisons with the Nazis will now commence from the Left.

One of the things the Nazis hated about the Jews, was to the level that they did assimilate into German society. The Nazis didn't care whether or not Jews assimilated into the country, they were all the same, even those Jews who served in the German Army in WWI were held in contempt.

10 posted on 10/20/2010 9:26:36 AM PDT by dfwgator (Rangers leading the ALCS 3 games to 1)
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To: RC2

11 posted on 10/20/2010 9:27:43 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Frantzie; All

A young Arab asks his father:
What is this weird hat that we are wearing ?
It’s a “chechia” because in the desert it protects our heads from the sun !
And what is this type of clothing that we are wearing ?
It’s a “djbellah” because in the desert it is very hot and it protects your body !
And what are these ugly shoes that we have on our feet ?
These are “babouches”, which keep us from burning our feet when in the desert !
Tell me, papa...
Yes, my son ?
... Why are we living in Dearborn, Michigan and still wearing all this crap?


12 posted on 10/20/2010 9:29:20 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: Sacajaweau

And Muslims are the only people I saw litter in Germany. You can imagine how that goes over with Germans.


13 posted on 10/20/2010 9:30:06 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: NCjim

Let me see here; what is a nation? A nation defines borders, language and culture. If you don’t want to be part of those national components, get on to one that suits you. Duh.


14 posted on 10/20/2010 9:33:25 AM PDT by veracious
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To: NCjim
Cartoonist using lurid images of violence --- a Kristallnacht, literally ---to inflame fear and hatred. Hmm. Muslims as cowering, frightened women.

Agenda, much?

15 posted on 10/20/2010 9:36:23 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Do you mean now?" ---Yogi Berra, when asked "What time is it?" ---)
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To: NCjim

They are always welcome in USA.


16 posted on 10/20/2010 9:38:28 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: NCjim
Of course, America isn’t Germany. America’s mainstream culture is already made...

Bullcrap!

Islam is destructive of all cultures into which it intrudes. Assimilation of Islam is essentially impossible in a Western culture.

17 posted on 10/20/2010 9:40:13 AM PDT by Gritty (Once you're in the Dar al-Islam, that’s it; there’s no checkout desk - Mark Steyn)
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Merkel insisted that Germany still welcomes immigrants, particularly those whose high-tech skills make them valuable workers. But she conditioned that welcome upon a warning: “We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity — that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”

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18 posted on 10/20/2010 9:43:30 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: FrankR

Some areas in Europe seem to be entirely different countries. In France, for example, the Middle Eastern immigrants have made the area they live exactly like where they came from. It’s no longer resembles ‘France’.


19 posted on 10/20/2010 9:44:32 AM PDT by griswold3 ('Regulation and law without enforcement is no law at all)
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To: NCjim

You on the bandwagon with that cartoonist?


20 posted on 10/20/2010 9:45:42 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: dfwgator
Until we can speak without having to worry about what "the left" is going to say, we have no free speech in this country.

It's called "political correctness" and I'm not a fan or a subscriber of that.
21 posted on 10/20/2010 9:50:26 AM PDT by FrankR (You are only obligated to obama to the extent you accept his handouts.)
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To: NCjim

Turks in Germany will be offended by the author’s claim they are “Arabic.”


22 posted on 10/20/2010 9:56:48 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: NCjim
I think the coverage paints Merkel's statements in a harsher light than I would glean from them.

Briefly looking through her comments in German, it seems to me she's addressing the fact that many muslims don't strive to learn German and that they have to follow German law, regardless if it is based on a culture they don't identify with.

That's the point of her multicultural statement. It's not going to work here. Basically, when in Rome...

There is another extreme. Where I live, anyways, the eastern Europeans (Russians & Poles, mostly) all try to speak German. I even heard an eastern European mother alone with her child in the store speaking to him in German the other day.

Germans will accept those of islamist heritage. Merkel used the high profile example of Turkish descent Oezil from the national soccer team, who has accepted the German environment and strove to assimilate.

Not speaking German, which means your not going to be employed and on welfare, and using sharia as an excuse for criminality are what is really pissing people off, IMHO.

Merkel simply addressed that.

23 posted on 10/20/2010 9:59:13 AM PDT by longjack
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To: NCjim

It isn’t surprising that people who believe in and love Western civilization would tire of people who are intent on destroying what we have. Especially when those seeking our destruction have done little in the history of their philosophy but bring poverty, oppression, and brutality from their religious tyranny. Why would we want what Muslims have, and why should we sit back and watch them destroy what we have? Islam is evil.


24 posted on 10/20/2010 10:00:41 AM PDT by pallis
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To: NCjim
Germany's message to Muslims: Go home

Hey what a novel idea! According to Pitts and all the the mutitcults White Westerners have no right to exist. Only if we allow for invasion and the destruction of our cultures is it all good. GFY Pitts!

25 posted on 10/20/2010 10:03:40 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: NCjim

Multiculturalism is a failure. I’m glad Germany has recognized this. I hope we do, too.


26 posted on 10/20/2010 10:07:41 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.(173))
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To: jennychase
They are always welcome in USA.

Not all of us share that view.

27 posted on 10/20/2010 10:09:21 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.(173))
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To: jennychase
They are always welcome in USA.

What do we know that Merkel doesn't?

28 posted on 10/20/2010 10:19:18 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: NCjim

Leonard Pitts is an absolute Liberal POS. F him. Merkel is right. The same could be said for those who refuse to assimilate in this country. They need to go back from where they came from.


29 posted on 10/20/2010 10:32:28 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: NCjim

This is the typical tongue lashing of a coward.

Blame the Germans for the failure of islam?

No, they were welcome, given jobs, housing & a society of tolerance that asked them to assimilate into the fabric of Germany. That’s all.

Instead, the parasites built a mound of destruction within the foundation of Germany, eating everything it could consume until it came out from the walls demanding more from those intolerant Germans.

islam has proven throughout time that it is a destroyer of worlds & now it’s inside the Western World.

DDT is the order of the day to save tomorrow.


30 posted on 10/20/2010 10:42:14 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: NCjim

That is some seriously racist political cartooning there.
Danziger also missed the polls where over 80% of current Germans now refuse to be bashed in the head with the shame hammer over the actions of their grand and great grand parents.

In the end... fools like Danziger make it easier for all Germans to laugh off any opinions of the US East Coast elites...


31 posted on 10/20/2010 1:03:58 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Gritty

Bump


32 posted on 10/20/2010 10:56:49 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: NCjim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C91u-j1po9o&feature=related

I hope they have better luck with the Muzzies than we have with our illegals here.
If all the German women look like this, I think I’ll move over there and displace a Muzzie!


33 posted on 10/20/2010 11:18:24 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: NCjim

If the liberals can’t shove this bs down the German’s throats then they are about to get the biggest ass kicking they’ve ever received across the Western world.

I don’t have that much of a problems with Muslims moving into the West as long as they understand some things will be frowned on and they will have to assimilate and their children might want to move away from their parents culture.

Also Anti-Semitism even with the actions of that retard Soros is better dead and buried.Coming into Germany and beating up Jews,just because of Israel,isn’t going to endear Muslims to anyone.


34 posted on 10/21/2010 2:14:28 AM PDT by Del Rapier
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