Sunday, November 06, 2005

Francistan is Francistan, Not France.

Paul's latest commentary on the mess in France. Paul notes the people rioting see themselves as Muslim and French ergo France should be Islamic.

Unlike their fathers, who came to France from Muslim countries, accepting that, whilst remaining Muslims themselves, they had come to live in a non-Muslim country, the rioters see France as their country. They were born here. This land is their land. And since they are Muslims, this land, or at least a part of it, is Muslim as well. The society they live in is a homogeneous Islamic one. For them that is society, there is no other. Consequently there is also no question of their "leaving" that society to become part of another society, the putative Western one. "Society" is the society they live in and from which they view and interpret what goes on around them. To understand their language we must understand how they see us, where we fit in in their society. Multiculturalism does not exist: it is always a matter of several cultures living side by side in defined territories, and the laws of one culture not applying in the territories of the others.
Source: The Brussels Journal - Show Them Who Is the Boss in France (Paul Belein)

Paul then notes that Europe itself is to blame for not working to avoid this situation. Are we in the US headed for a similar situation with our newly arrived immigrant population? I don't think so. The bulk of our immigrants share a common religious heritage if not exactly a common cultural heritage. None the less it pays to make sure our immigrants do not innudate our culture but steep in ours instead.