In PJ Media I discuss yet another potentially disastrous misstep by another Western leader:
After tens of thousands of Germans participated in rallies organized by Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced them, claiming that when they chanted “We are the people,” they really meant, “You don’t belong — because of your religion or your skin color.” With one-third of Germans supporting the rallies, that’s either an awful lot of racists or Merkel is making a disastrous mistake in demonizing this movement. And she is, of course: Islamization is not a race, and it is not racist or xenophobic to oppose it.
Merkel herself should know better, for these reasons:
5. The German government has already shown its understanding of this problem to be faulty.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble also denounced PEGIDA, saying last Saturday: “People are right to fear Islamist terrorism. But not Islam.”
But “Islamist terrorism” arises from Islam. Or does Schaeuble think it is just as likely to emerge from the Lutheran churches as from the mosques? How does Schaeuble propose to separate the Islam that he considers benign from the Islamist terrorism he regards as malignant? He doesn’t say, and probably doesn’t have any idea how to do so — if he has ever seriously considered the question at all.
Schaeuble’s distinction is obviously based more on wishful thinking than reality. Merkel is foolish to perpetuate this willful ignorance – particularly since she has shown more sense in the past:
4. Merkel herself acknowledged that multiculturalism was a failure.
Back in October 2010, Merkel declared: “This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed.”
She was right, of course: multiculturalism has indeed failed, as it was always destined to do, for from the start it was based on false assumptions: the idea that all cultures are equivalent and teach essentially the same values; that words such as “freedom” and “justice” mean the same things to all people worldwide; and above all, that the Qur’an and Sunnah contain nothing that isn’t fully compatible with Western constitutional freedoms and principles of human rights.
No amount of money that Western leaders commit to this idea will change the fact that these assumptions are not true, and that a society built upon them is bound to falter in one way or another.3. PEGIDA is not a neo-Nazi movement.
As PEGIDA demonstrators marched in Dresden and sang Christmas carols on the day before Christmas Eve, counter-demonstrators marched under the slogan “Dresden Nazi-free,” and some German lawmakers derided PEGIDA members as “pin-striped Nazis.”
Yet “PEGIDA organizers,” according to the Associated Press, “insist they are protesting only against extremism and not against immigrants or Islam itself,” and maintain that they are not Nazis. However, adds AP, “the demonstrations have received support from far-right groups, prompting concerns that anti-foreigner sentiment might be rising.”
The Left’s search for crypto-Nazis has been relentless since even before William F. Buckley threatened to sock Gore Vidal for calling him one on national television. Most of those they have accused, with zeal far surpassing any Joe McCarthy ever mustered for ferreting out Communists, have been entirely innocent of the charge, as is PEGIDA: in standing against Islamization, PEGIDA is standing for the equality of rights of women with men, and of non-Muslims with Muslims, and for the freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience. Those opposing their defense of these basic Western principles are far closer to the Nazis than they are….
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