October 18, 2010

Wow: German Chancellor Tells Immigrants to Assimilate or Leave

This lady has balls. Real cajones. Are we sure she wasn't on the East German women's weight lifting team?

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. …

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.

And, as noted in Ed's commentary, she doesn't go over the top and condemn all Muslim immigrants: just the ones who don't want to assimilate.

I guess the question is this: does assimilation mean learning German and following the rule of law only? Or does it also mean adopting widely shared values such separation of church and state and free speech? Because the two are distinctly differing problems.

Contrary to some opinion, there are a lot of Muslim immigrants who do fully assimilate. They either came here because they hated their own countries, or came here for economic reasons and once here realized that their own countries suck. They've embraced America in the way only immigrants and the children of immigrants can: fully, wholeheartedly, and without reservation.

Case in point.

Of course, it's easier to fall in love with America than Germany. Sure they have schnitzel and beer, but we have this, this, and this.

Not all, of course, but a lot.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:50 AM | Comments |