The Dutch: “This is who we are”
The government of Holland has produced an immigration kit which contains a DVD showing explicit scenes of Dutch society:
“Potential immigrants to the Netherlands will be faced with a film showing two men kissing in a park, and a woman in a topless swimsuit, after Wednesday of this week.
The DVD is part of a new entrance test designed to determine if applicants are open to the socially liberal views of the country. Their reaction to the footage will be recorded and used as part of the evaluation process.
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Not surprisingly, Muslim groups are outraged at what they see as an attempt to keep them out of the country. In the Chicago Tribune coverage of the story, a Muslim activist named Mesut Disli complains:
“They [Dutch officials] know that according to Islam, nudity and homosexuality are taboo. They know the feelings of Muslims on this subject. So, indirectly, they are saying that we are not welcome,” he said.
Bingo! Glad you’re paying attention, Mesut. For the Dutch, this all began with the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, by a Muslim attacker who was outraged over his film about treatment of women in Muslim societies. Following other attempts by Holland’s Muslim population to restrict the freedom of non-Muslims as an accomodation to Muslim taboos, the government has produced this DVD to say pretty much what you think it’s saying.
The activists are especially miffed that only immigrants from Muslim countries have to view the DVD. Although the reason for that is pretty obvious, they should make all immigrants view it to defuse that criticism.
A Dutch city official summed it up nicely:
“It’s like the warning label on the cigarette packs,” said Marco Pastors, a Rotterdam city councilman whose Leefbaar Rotterdam Party has been labeled anti-Muslim for its support of strict immigration controls.
“It’s not very subtle, but it prepares people for what they will find in this country,” he said. “If you want to live here, you have to accept that girls are allowed to wear miniskirts and can stay out until 3 in the morning. You don’t have to behave this way yourself, but you have to tolerate it.”
“You don’t have to behave this way yourself, but you have to tolerate it.” In one word, ‘Freedom’.