Monday, March 13, 2006

Brokeback Holland

It's one thing to require Islamic immigrants to the Netherlands to show a little tolerance towards others instead of trying to impose sharia law on their new land.

It's quite another to demand that they not demonstrate the natural discomfort and revulsion that most men have towards homosexual activity, or that most people have towards blatant display of sexuality:

Two men kissing in a park and a topless female bather are featured in a film that will be shown to would-be immigrants to The Netherlands.

The reactions of applicants will be examined to see whether they are able to accept the country's liberal attitudes.

From Wednesday, the DVD -- which also shows the often crime-ridden ghettos where poorer immigrants might end up living -- will form part of an entrance test, in Dutch, covering the language and culture of Holland.

Those sitting the test will be expected to know which country Crown Princess Maxima comes from (Argentina) and whether hitting women and female circumcision are permitted.

Muslim leaders in Holland say the film is offensive.

"It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals. Even Dutch people don't want to see that," said Abdou Menebhi, the Moroccan-born director of Emcemo, an organisation that helps immigrants to settle.

Much as I don't care to agree with the Islamists, they do have a point here.

This test could just as easily be used against Christian or Hindu or even non-religious immigrants who don't believe that unrestricted sexual licence is healthy or moral.

If watching two men make out and enjoying it is the test of modern civic virtue, most people would fail. And it does nothing to instruct them in real civic virtue.

Source: The Australian

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