Crossing The Rubrik
Source: NYT H/T CommonsenseAmerica
BRUSSELS, Oct. 10 — Europe appears to be crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: more people in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled with European values.Cue the whining...3...2...
Now Europeans are discussing the limits of tolerance, the right with increasing stridency and the left with trepidation.
Perhaps most wrenching has been the issue of free speech and expression, and the growing fear that any criticism of Islam could provoke violence.
Many Muslims say this new mood is suddenly imposing expectations that never existed before that Muslims be exactly like their European hosts.The Wayback Machine?
Dyab Abou Jahjah, a Lebanese-born activist here in Belgium, said that for years Europeans had emphasized “citizenship and human rights,” the notion that Muslim immigrants had the responsibility to obey the law but could otherwise live with their traditions.
“Then someone comes and says it’s different than that,” said Mr. Jahjah, who opposes assimilation. “You have to dump your culture and religion. It’s a different deal now.”
“A lot of people, progressive ones - we are not talking about nationalists or the extreme right - are saying, ‘Now we have this religion, it plays a role and it challenges our assumptions about what we learned in the 60’s and 70’s,’ ” said Joost Lagendik, a Dutch member of the European Parliament for the Green Left Party, who is active on Muslim issues.Two things, most of what we learned in the sixties and seventies was crap and desperately needs to be unlearned.
“So there is this fear,” he said, “that we are being transported back in a time machine where we have to explain to our immigrants that there is equality between men and women, and gays should be treated properly. Now there is the idea we have to do it again.”
Also, that time machine? You'll find it set for fourteen hundred years ago.
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