Thursday, March 03, 2005

Horror Stories from the Failure of Multiculturalism

(via Freedominion)

"The Whore lived like a German"

The article linked to above discusses honour killings among fundamentalist muslim families in Germany. Apparantly there have been at least six documented cases in the last year. By "honour killings" essentially it means the Muslim kills a female family member who attempts to assimilate into German culture. Often they employ a younger son whose a minor whose sentencing will be more lenient because he's under 18.

I really can't stand to see the free will of anyone being so casually raped in this manner. People have a right to live their own lives and for whatever harping the left does about right wing Christian fundamentalists, they seem to be rather defeaningly silent on the fundamentalism which is not simply mildly silly but violent, virulent, hateful and deadly. Admittedly there are a few exceptions Christopher Hitchens and a few like him have managed to prove that a few on the left are not so blinded by the pieties of multiculturalism that they will not condemn this sort of behaviour.

Furthermore the statistics this article cites are simply depressing - no one should experience this sort of coercion in their life regardless of ethnicity or nationality.

The Turkish women's organization Papatya has documented 40 instances of honor killings in Germany since 1996. Examples include a Darmstadt girl whose two brothers pummelled her to death with a hockey stick in April 2004 after they learned she had slept with her boyfriend. In Augsburg in April, a man stabbed his wife and 7-year-old daughter because the wife was having an affair. In December 2003, a Tuebingen father strangled his 16-year-old daughter and threw her body into a lake because she had a boyfriend. Bullets, knives, even axes and gasoline are the weapons of choice.
Astonishingly, the first extensive data the German government collected about the lives of Turkish women was published last summer, as part of a study done by the Ministry for Family Affairs. The study showed that 49 percent of Turkish women said they had experienced physical or sexual violence in their marriage. One fourth of those married to Turkish husbands said they met their grooms on their wedding day. Half said they were pressured to marry partners selected by relatives and 17 percent felt forced into such partnerships.

Or simply people relating antedotes like this

One of the unsettling truths about Hatin's death and the plight of many Muslim women is that it took the comments of three Turkish boys and the outrage of a male school director to get people to notice. When the murder first happened, it sent no shock waves through the mainstream German press. It only became big news when a group of 14-year-old Turkish boys mocked Hatin during a class discussion at a school near the crime scene. One boy said, "She only had herself to blame," while another insisted, "She deserved what she got. The whore lived like a German." The enraged school director not only sent a letter home to parents, but also to teachers across Germany. The letter ignited a media fury. Less known, however, is that the letter also hit a nerve among educators. "Teachers from across the country wrote back saying they had had similar experiences," Boehmecke said. They reported Turkish boys taunting Turkish girls who don't wear headscarves as "German sluts." "That's the part no one has written about. Clearly there is huge potential for similar violence across Germany," Boehmecke said. "Not just in the big cities, but all over. It's a problem many politicians haven't been willing to face."

If this is multiculturalism, my vote is cast in favour of cultural imperialism and assimilation. I'm reminded of the British constable's reaction to the intent of some Indiansintention to throw a man's wife on his funeral pyre. They stated it was "their custom" and he replied "its our custom to hang people for doing that." All cultures aren't equal, we should not condone barbarity.


At 10:09 p.m., Blogger P-BS-Watcher said...

I agree completely with your conclusion. But the fact is we are getting ready for a repeat of the German experience here in the United States. See Accelerating Down the Long, Slippery Slope

At 5:26 p.m., Blogger Singh said...

That's brutal.

In regards to your comment about assimilation - that is so totally wrong. Neither multiculturalism (which I see as the state artificially propping up boundaries separating cultures), nor assimilation (do it my way) are right. I believe in integration. Universal human rights for all, and let people do what they want with that. If they choose to ditch their old culture in favour of the new - fine, if they chose to retain their old culture and reject the new - fine. And if they do what most minorities do (mix aspects of both cultures) -fine. It should totally be their choice as long as they don't force their choice on others.


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