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October 18, 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Multiculturalism has failed

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Her clear, and dare I say highly appropriate, message to Muslim immigrants is simple and straight-forward: Multiculturalism is a failure -assimilate and adopt Christian values, or leave. In other words,
the official German policy of embracing differing cultural practices within the framework of German authority has failed to produce a workable society, as we could very well end up seeing here in the U.S.

BERLIN (AFP) -- Germany's attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country's immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.

Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made "more stupid" by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.

"Multikulti", the concept that "we are now living side by side and are happy about it," does not work, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.

"This approach has failed, totally," she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany's culture and values.

"We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don't accept them don't have a place here," said the chancellor.

"Subsidising immigrants" isn't sufficient, Germany has the right to "make demands" on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages.

One is inclined to say it's about time a Western leader stood up and made it clear that immigrants have a duty to assimilate if they want to live in another country, and as Ed Morrissey notes ... the receiving nation's responsibilities do not include carving its nation or its laws into mini-models of the nations that the immigrants have left. Immigrants must either assimilate and accept the social and especially legal structure of their new home, or go to a country that more fully fits their own values and practices.

Posted by Abdul at October 18, 2010 10:23 AM

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