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The Failure of Multiculturalism in Europe

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multiculturalism is heavily tinted with an underlying socialistic racism which implies that people with dark skins who do not originate from Europe should be “pitied”. These people must be helped, provided with welfare benefits and excused if they commit crimes. This socialistic racism is denigrating, and today permeates governments and social structures in a number of European countries, amongst these Norway. Instead of showing immigrants respect by offering them work, we shuffle the non-Western into an underclass of welfare-dependent victims. The tragedy of multiculturalism is that it has created a class oriented and ethnically segregated environment which places so-called “non-Western foreigners” at the bottom of the social ladder.


Over the past decade, the opponents of multiculturalism have multiplied. Leading politicians like Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy have all condemned this Leftist strategy of integration that equates the ideals of other cultures with European traditional values in Europe. The idea has been that Europeans should not uphold their own cultural roots, but instead listen humbly to new immigrant residents and accept their traditional norms and customs in the name of diversity.

But multiculturalism has in essence turned out quite differently than the utopian dreamers of the naïve Leftwing socialists had hoped for when they first started out. Today many decline to engage in necessary discussion concerning the need to uphold traditional European values in a time of upheaval, for fear of offending non-Western immigrants and being labeled intolerant and racist.

This implies a tragic misunderstanding of what tolerance really means.

To be tolerant means to respect other cultures when visiting their countries, just as immigrants from foreign cultures are to respect European values and ways of life when they move to Europe. To be tolerant is to respect the traditions, values and social norms of the country in which you are staying.

One of the main problems with multiculturalism is that it does not respect the differences and boundaries between nations and cultures. For instance, for a number of years, there have been demands to tone down Christmas celebration and exclude it from school arrangements, justified by Leftist claims that the holiday’s emphasis on the birth of Jesus Christ and the celebration of Santa Claus will offend non-Western immigrants. Yet, many Muslims object to these types of multicultural attempts, as they say that they of course have nothing against celebrating the birth of Jesus, or in Arabic “Isa”. After all, he is a prophet in Islam.

Similarly, in a country like Norway, there are efforts to criticize the traditional use of the Norwegian flag on Independence Day, the 17th of May, to avoid conflicts with non-Western newcomers. Hardcore multiculturalists want each person to use the flag of his country of origin, rather than the Norwegian flag, which symbolizes national unity.

When pride in one’s own traditional values are continuously suppressed and spurned, the result may be that Europeans feel discriminated against in their own culture. This becomes a “racism against white’s” which in turn creates a growing environment of displeasure with “non-Western foreigners”. In turn, resentment fuelled among ethnic groups may grow malicious. The Swedish city of Malmo is an excellent example of how bad things can get when a sloppy careless multiculturalism is implemented and society doesn’t demand respect for Swedish law. In Malmo, foreigners are moving back to their countries of origin like Iraq or Iran, because things are much better in those countries than in Sweden.

The mistake of multiculturalism and its contempt for traditional European values is that it fails to recognize the need for a strong common ground of cultural unity.

Yet, there are many misconceptions about what it means to be against multiculturalism. Some believe that it involves a general antagonism towards immigration; that the goal is a society with no foreigners whatsoever, a kind of monoculture where only the original ethnic population is desired. This is, however, not the case.

To oppose multiculturalism means to respect the sovereignty of other countries and their right to define the cultural ideals they wish to emphasize within their boundaries, and at the same time, to claim this very right in Europe within the context of European culture. Europeans should define the values and laws that apply in Europe and immigrants from other cultures should respect these. Just as "Europeans" should not dictate norms in other countries and have no right to intervene in other countries' internal affairs, “non-Westerners” should not have rights to define fundamental values ​​in Europe.

For instance, to respect the right of other cultures to practice polygamy in their own countries does not necessarily mean that you must accept the same cultural practice when in Europe. Here European values ​​and marriage laws apply. Those who are not inclined to conform to European laws are of course free to return to their country of origin and practice their religious, marital or cultural preferences there.

We who are against the injustice of multiculturalism aspire a globalized world with a greater degree of international respect based on each country’s right to determine its own values. The plea is for a Europe where foreigners and all Europeans receive equal treatment and actively participate in the development of a society based on the values ​​of the traditional European heritage.

Opponents of multiculturalism have a positive view towards law-abiding working immigrants are welcome, but criminals with no constructive contribution to make to society should be punished and expelled from the communities. If you show no respect for the country you move to, you lose the right to stay there.

We want a multi-ethnic society that evaluates individuals on an equal basis in light of their competencies and willingness to work rather than ethnicity. But multiculturalism is heavily tinted with an underlying socialistic racism which implies that people with dark skins who do not originate from Europe should be “pitied”. These people must be helped, provided with welfare benefits and excused if they commit crimes. This socialistic racism is denigrating, and today permeates governments and social structures in a number of European countries, amongst these Norway. Instead of showing immigrants respect by offering them work, we shuffle the non-Western into an underclass of welfare-dependent victims. The tragedy of multiculturalism is that it has created a class oriented and ethnically segregated environment which places so-called “non-Western foreigners” at the bottom of the social ladder.

Multiculturalism has slowly robbed ordinary Europeans of pride in their own culture and awareness of the importance of its values. It was the European cultural environment that years ago fostered citizens of the enlightenment with a high regard for honesty, punctuality, duty, integrity and solidarity. Emphasis on moral elements such as self-discipline, education, humility and good manners formed the basis for a society that respected individual differences. Capitalism joined with the protestant ethic produced a culture that emphasized hard work, savings, honesty and the belief that earnings should merely be spent, but re-invested. When Europeans relinquish these cultural ideals, the upshot is today´s moral decline with financial crises, mediocrity and cultural decay.

Europeans must reinforce a belief in these norms, ideas and guidelines that form the basis of traditional Western thinking. We must continue to build on common historical values ​​to which everyone, regardless of ethnic origin, should respect when living in Europe. This will produce a stronger, more peaceful and stable Europe for the times ahead.

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Hanne Nabintu Herland is a Norwegian historian of religions and bestselling author. Her website: www.hannenabintuherland.noanne-nabintu-herland

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written by Rationalist , August 19, 2012
If the author is referring to multiculturism wrt Islamic culture then the whole article makes sense. However, if it includes cultures from India, China, and other valuable assets then the author's views are indeed a frog-in-the-well case. Yoga, a multimillion dollar industry is a gift to every society. So is Reiki, meditation, past life regression therapy (one of the most popular techniques in modern era) etc are indeed an asset to every society. Europeans have accepted such great assets from the east.
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written by Rationalist , August 19, 2012
If the author is referring to multiculturism wrt Islamic culture then the whole article makes sense. However, if it includes cultures from India, China, and other valuable assets then the author's views are indeed a frog-in-the-well case. Yoga, a multimillion dollar industry is a gift to every society. So is Reiki, meditation, past life regression therapy (one of the most popular techniques in modern era) etc are indeed an asset to every society. Europeans have accepted such great assets from the east.
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written by annad , August 19, 2012
I am sure that author did not intend to attack social and cultural practices of immigants that are constructive and serve to enrrch european community. Islamic customs obviously are for the most part rather deduct than add to the quality of life of the host country. What do we see when muslim immigrants move in? Violence; threats; mysogeny; anti-semitism. Not all of them of course; but considerable part. These immigrants need to be forwarn that these time of culttural "heritage" is not acceptable in the west and whoever wants to practice it is welcomed to leave.
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written by bundypig , August 20, 2012
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written by Mo Brown , August 21, 2012
Thank you for a keen perspective on the current state of European countries. The core issue is overpopulation in third world countries and need for territorial expansion. Why is it that 44 predominately Muslim countries are totalitarian and intolerant to foreigners? And are not receiving massive immigration from Western countries? Because they offer very little hope for upward mobility. Yet Europe, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand are being bombarded with third world nationals and illegal immigrants. Your answer is liberal socialist policies which pity the immigrants while requiring no assimilation or respect of culture and language. It will take a native people's uprising much like the English Defence League and the Immortals to organize and demand political and cultural changes. Many career politicians have sold out to votes and multiculturalism at the expense of their native populace. Seven billion people inhabit planet Earth. Without the stabilization of world population, the numbers of fleeing Muslims and radical Islamism will only multiply in Western, democratic nations.
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Cowardice
written by Kevin Stroup , August 22, 2012
Face up to it. Westerners are cowards. We allow foreigners to invade our countries and dictate terms and conditions to us. Simply stunning. Westerners will soon be slaves to their Muslim masters. Weak people always come to a bad end. Always.
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written by Attila the Pun , August 22, 2012
Multiculturalism in its most true sense is simply freedom, the freedom to associate with who you like, practice a faith, enjoy food, art and entertainment of your culture. Ex-pats across the world end up hanging out with other ex-pats, [go to Spain and find little Britains all over the place]. For the host nation the benefits are diversity in everything from art to technology, from religion to philosophy, from music to food. Saying multiculturalism is wrong is like saying freedom must be restricted.

The problem is integration and access, a sub culture of poorly educated citizens serves no-one. Intolerant attitudes in tolerant nations need to be directly addressed. Ghettos cause more problems for those trapped in them and that includes language barriers. But calling Christmas Winterfest, or having problems with white identity is not the concern of multiculturalism. As an atheist I see faith schools as child abuse but in a society that accepts christian schools we cannot discriminate against other faiths. In a free society the rule of law is paramount so allowing quasi-religious law making whether Jewish or Islamic or what ever is wrong.

If you have issues then say them but don't take a lazy argument of blaming multiculturalism. as for flag waving I actually took delight in seeing Mo [with a Somali Muslim background] wrap himself in the Union flag.
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written by Alex , August 24, 2012
To Rationalist, are you serious about Reiki and past life regression as valuable to western societies? What nonsense, carnival hucksters. The acceptance of these, along with yoga, only demonstrate how empty western societies have become as they search for meaning in their now materialistic world. They and you think these will save them. Returning to their roots will save them.

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