America was once known as a “melting pot,” in which our immigrants eagerly assimilated into American culture. Liberals would like to think of the country more as a “mixing bowl,” but if American culture wasn’t worth assimilating into, no one would immigrate here in the first place.
There was a rare bit of sanity on “Real Time With Bill Maher” recently Just when the topic of the Syrian refugees was brought up. Maher stated that “I think that Islam is a problem” and that people who think Syrian refugees have values at odds with U.S. values, “may not be wrong.”
It wouldn’t be such a problem if they assimilated, but as the very lefty president of the Czech Republic is warning the world, don’t expect that to happen any time soon.
Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant comments, said on Sunday that it was almost impossible to integrate the Muslim community into European society.“The experience of Western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible,” Zeman said in a televised interview. “Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne,” he added, referring to the mass New Year’s Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere.
“Integration is possible with cultures that are similar, and the similarities may vary,” pointing out that the Vietnamese and Ukrainian communities had been able to integrate into Czech society.
Zeman, a 71-year-old leftwinger and the first-ever directly elected president of the Czech Republic, has repeatedly spoken out against the surge of migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe.
Contrary to popular belief, diversity is not strength. Diversity is the opposite of unity.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]