Failure to assimilate

Turkey’s recent election, which further enhanced the Islamist totalitarian powers of Recep Erdogan, shows how far that nation has come from the secular society Kemal Ataturk intended.

The votes by Turks living abroad are even more telling, and should be noted:

About 1.4 million expatriate Turks voted in Turkey’s referendum to grant President Erdogan near-dictatorial powers, with three quarters of them residing in Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. These Turkish voters, living in some of Europe’s most liberal countries, overwhelming cast their ballots for Erdogan’s illiberal reforms of Turkish society…

Life in liberal Europe is not having the impact people hoped—Turks in Europe are not any less nationalistic, less authoritarian or less Islamist than their compatriots at home—rather they are more of all these things..

If assimilation is failing with long established Turks in affluent, full employment Germany, what can we expect with other communities in less prosperous European countries?

The measure squeaked by at home, with just over 51% saying “yes.”  For the Turks living abroad, “Yes” had anywhere from 15 to 25% more support!  That would tend to confirm the thesis that the massive wave of ‘refugees’ in the past couple of years represents an ideological vanguard of Islamism that intends to make Europe submit to it, not the other way around.

The author of the quoted piece seems puzzled that good economic conditions in Germany haven’t produced assimilation.  That’s because assimilation is a primarily a cultural issue, not an economic one.  In the past, Western European nations and the Anglosphere (U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc) fully expected newcomers to adopt their language, follow their laws, and to give their undivided loyalty to their new nation.

Immigrants today don’t have to cut the cord with the “old country” the way past generations did.  With global communication, the ability to travel and the tendency to settle into specific ethnic enclaves in their new land, immigrants today have far less motivation to assimilate.  Let’s face it: for Mexicans in the U.S., “home” is next door, you live in barrios with people like yourself, you can watch Spanish-language TV such as Univision, and even wave the Mexican flag while watching the U.S. play that country in soccer.  These are not Mexican-Americans.  They are Mexicans living in America.  The same is true of the Turks in Europe.  Even at the height of the Cold War, with Turkey a key partner in NATO, Europeans were strongly divided over whether or not to consider Turkey “European.”  Its current regression to pining for the days of the Ottoman Empire should answer that question.

The West has basically allowed a substantial fifth column to develop in their midst — a development our traitorous leadership class has encouraged.  While the resulting attacks rarely amount to more than a single actor at a time right now, I suspect that won’t remain the case much longer.  Even the “lone wolves” usually have ideological and communication ties with the Islamist movement.  At this stage of the game, Turks should be carefully watched, not welcomed in with no restrictions.  It’s time to shut the doors for a while and deal with what we’ve already admitted, rather than keep the welcome mat out for anyone with a pulse.

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In the words of others

Karl Denninger notes an instructive juxtaposition:

This is rather curious.

A ninth-grade teacher can assign (compel, require, demand, etc) that 14 year olds read a modern novel that depicts a school shooting, lots of sex, including sex that  some people might consider very graphic and coerced, plenty of foul language and other similar “adult themes.”

However, a 12 year old boy who, during free reading time, when students are free to read whatever THEY (not the teacher) select, chooses to read The Bible is sanctioned by his school.

Note the differentiating factor here.  In one case we have compulsion, in the other choice.  While nobody (who has any intelligence at all) will try to deny that The Bible is full of depictions of violence of various sorts in this case the student in question elected on his own initiative to read the work.

And for doing so, he was punished.

Gee, what is “school” really about again?

That’s what I thought.

(Note: I found the teacher’s husband’s tone interesting when the media tried to get her side of it… see the link above)

Meanwhile, in regards to a significant decision by the Supreme Court to let stand a power that can lead to the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without due process, a journalist had this to say:

We are no longer a nation ruled by laws.  We are nation ruled by men who have so steeped themselves in a false narrative that at the same time they are exponentially increasing the ranks of terrorists, they are destroying the rule of law itself. It is madness upon madness – the classic tale of becoming the evil you purport to fight while believing you remain righteous.

Those who understand the Christian worldview see the link between these two tales.  We forget that much of what made America unique was rooted in a specific Western, Christian frame of reference.  That frame acknowledges the sinful nature of humanity, which both requires a government to restrain evil, but also a system to limit and restrain government power, lest it become evil itself.  To the extent this fallen world tries to erase this unusual intrusion of a Godly perspective (see the first story for but one example), it’s inevitable there will be changes in everything else.  Throw God out–and any idea of dependence upon or accountability to Him–and there is nothing left to deter men from trying to make themselves gods on earth, pursuing their agenda whatever the cost:

…even without the excuse of combat, Power also murders in cold blood even more of those helpless people it controls, near four times more of them.

Consider Table 4 and Figure 1 , the list and its graph of this century’s megamurderers–those states killing in cold blood, aside from warfare, 1,000,000 or more men, women, and children. At present count,[4] these eleven megamurderers have wiped out 142,902,000 people, almost four times the battle-dead in all this century’s international and civil wars.[5]

Absolute Power, that is the U.S.S.R., Communist China, Nazi Germany, Militarist Japan, Khmer Rouge Cambodia, Communist Vietnam, and Communist Yugoslavia account for 128,744,000 of them, or 90 percent. Absolute Power breeds mortacracies.

Many non-Christians believe the connection between rejecting God and oppressing man is a dramatic overreach.  And yet we’ve seen it in recent history, and can observe it playing out again in our lifetimes, all across America and the West.

But we’re accused of being unscientific?