Despite the howls of some reactionaries against American immigration reform, it is clear that most people come here to better their lives. They are decent, hard working, and ready to become real Americans, (with the exception of the radicalized few, such as the Somali youths bamboozled into becoming suicide bombers). With exceptions (in Michigan and Minnesota), there are few Muslim ghettos in the US.
Europe's immigration problem is different. Muslim immigrants from some of the lesser-developed areas of the world are not being integrated, are not being compelled to live with European values, and are serious threats to public order. Ordinary Europeans do not want them as neighbors.
French police are being challenged by burqa-clad women who are violating French law that all citizens must have their faces uncovered. Civil libertarians consider the burqa a matter of free choice; France sees it as a costume that can hide a bank robber or suicide bomber, a tactic that has been used already.
The UK is suffering from an epidemic of rapes by “Asian” (Muslim) taxi drivers, many driving illegal cabs. One British radio talk host was fired for saying that he will only let his teenage daughter ride in a taxi driven by women or “non-Asians” (Muslims).
The Scandinavian countries are in serious denial about their Muslim immigrants, whom they insist upon seeing as “underdogs,” deserving of their protection.
• Social welfare keeps immigrants marginalized and not encouraged to integrate and find work.
• Misplaced multiculturalism has frowned on making any comparisons that render immigrant values as “lesser.” The press avoids noting that the region's rape epidemics are new and almost totally perpetrated by rapists and rape gangs from the Muslim world.
• Western women dressed for summer, perfectly proper in Europe, are raped by Muslim immigrants who justify that they are raping not only “whores,” but also the “enemy's women,” as authorized by clerics as partof the eternal war between Islam and the West.
However, even modestly dressed young Muslim women are raped when opportunity provides, and they face family-based execution if they complain to the police. This is demanded by their culture. Raped women are “polluted” and must be killed by their families to restore “family honor.”
A Norwegian social anthropologist, just five days before the 9/11/02 attack, chastised her own countrywomen that if they do not want to be raped by “non-Western immigrants,” they should dress in a way that doesn't inflame the men. As a multicultural society, she said, women should have consideration for these immigrants (even for the Pakistani rape gangs?).
If that is the price of multiculturalism, I don't want any, nor do those who live in less leafy neighborhoods than does this anthropologist.
Bruce Bawer, Front Page Magazine, June 28, has noted a relationship among Islam, Rape, and Theology, a relationship foreign to all other major religions. Rape has been with the world forever, but only in Muslim theology is it justified. This is a scandal that should be front and center in western discourse, but it is not.
Bawer has covered Norway, Sweden, Britain, and France, all suffering from a spate of Muslim rape which goes little noted in the press. What should be noted he says, is that all these developments have a common root---which is impossible to understand without a basic awareness of Islamic teachings about sex, gender roles, and Jihad. It's all there, in the Koran, the fatwas, the sermons, and public statements by those European imams who don't even feel shame in promoting it.
Today, to the embarrassment of the people who believe in free speech, two prominent US bloggers have been banned from entering the UK. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were due to speak in Woolrich, where British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, had his throat cut by two Muslim immigrant fanatics. The government refused to admit the bloggers because their presence “is not conducive to the public good.”
Is the public good better served by street-corner Jihadis urging war and mayhem against the “infidels?” The government has to jump through hoops to get such recruiters deported. Something is wrong with this picture.
Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman is a historian, lecturer, and author of God's Law or Man's Law. You may contact her