1. REFUSAL BY AUTHORITIES TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH CRIME IN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES .
A major debate erupted earlier in the year over the existence of “no-go zones” in a number of European cities. These are dangerous neighborhoods primarily populated by Muslim immigrants that even the police avoid. The following description of no-go zones near Paris comes from an article in the New Republic:
“The word banlieue (“suburb”) now connotes a no-go zone of high-rise slums, drug-fueled crime, failing schools and poor, largely Muslim immigrants and their angry offspring.”
Worried about a drop in American tourism, the Mayor of Paris threatened to sue Fox News over reports about these zones in Paris. Fox retracted. Nevertheless, in an earlier post, I reported in detail how dangerous Paris can be and how hesitant the authorities are in responding to Muslim immigrant crime.
It’s a problem all over Europe. The following rare admission comes from the Chief Constable of the Police Directorate Osnbrück, Germany, regarding these sorts of areas:
“Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier. The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: in these areas crimes no longer result in charges. They are left ‘to themselves.’ Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture.” (Link)
Refusing to acknowledge a social problem doesn’t make it disappear. A bias toward multiculturalism in the European pressrooms only support this.
2. THE DECLINING MORAL CHARACTER OF THE WEST.
French author Michel Houellebecq recently penned a surprise best selling novel about life in France after a future democratic takeover by an Islamic political party (Soumission). In a recent interview which touched upon the rising number of Muslim incidents; he warned, “…a purely police-based response to a religious sect is not assured to win it. In general, religions are the ones that beat other religions” (from Rorate Caeli). If Mr. Houellebecq is right, then the prospects for Christianity as a means to accomplish this vis-a-vis Islam in Europe are looking dim. The process of dechristianization in Europe is showing no signs of abating.
In an article entitled “The Widening Gulf Between the Civilized World and Islam,” professor Paul Merkley lays out the obvious:
“We cannot avoid the painful truth that the success of radical Islam has been prepared – not caused, but prepared — by the collapse of our own ethical and moral universe – illustrated by the devaluation of the family, the debasement of popular culture by violence and sexual deviance, growing contempt for law and order and the celebration of anarchy and nihilism in movies and videogames.”
Unsurprisingly, churches are being closed all over Western Europe while mosques are being constructed at record pace. ‘”We have 2,200 mosques and we need double that within two years,’ the Rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, told applauding French Muslims at a conference.” And as the Catholic churches empty out, French Muslims are demanding authorities that they be converted to mosques; they’re in short supply.
3. REFUSAL OF CHURCH LEADERS TO SPEAK OUT FORCIBLY AGAINST MUSLIM PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS.
Pope Francis wrote in his first encyclical, Evangelium Gaudium, “…authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence” (paragraph 253). That statement reflects the optimism and hope that there is a peaceful form of Islam that represents the true nature of the religion. It has led to the belief that progress toward a better relationship with Muslims is achievable through inter-religious dialogue. Fundamental to that dialogue is replacing language like “Islamic terrorism” with “religious terrorism” or just “terrorism”, with the purpose of disassociating the all too common violence from the “true” Islam.
This is causing many Church leaders to scandalously understate or even ignore the current persecutions of Christians at the hands of Muslims in many parts of the world. Here’s a suggestion to our Church leaders: make your first priority to reverse “…the collapse of our own ethical and moral universe”, and secondly, stand up and defend our brothers and sisters who suffer at the hands of their Muslim oppressors.
In like manner, while publicly condemning the actions of the Islamic State, President Obama declared, “… ISIL speaks for no religion.” Such assertions are a naive and irresponsible dismissal of the religious motivation behind these and other like movements. Consider Islamic theology; the brutality that stems from the Islamic extremist’s interpretation of Islam is not necessarily based on an incorrect understanding of what the religion truly teaches. In the Catholic Encyclopedia (1913), the description of Islam does not portray a religion of peace:
“In matters political Islam is a system of despotism at home and aggression abroad. …The rights of non-Moslem subjects are of the vaguest and most limited kind, and a religious war is a sacred duty whenever there is a chance of success against the “Infidel”. Medieval and modern Mohammedan, especially Turkish, persecutions of both Jews and Christians are perhaps the best illustration of this fanatical religious and political spirit”(Islam).
There are peaceful Muslims, but are they not the ones disregarding certain aspects of what Islam truly teaches? How many examples from history of Islamic aggression, particularly against Christians, does one need to start worrying about history repeating itself once again?
4. LACK OF LIMITATIONS ON IMMIGRATION.
Recent polls have shown that Europeans generally don’t want any more immigration nor approve of the way their respective governments are handling the problem. At the same time, the number of new arrivals has been dramatically accelerating due to a surge in asylum-seekers from places of conflict in Africa or the Middle East (South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, etc.). Paris’ deputy mayor, Bruno Julliard, recently told French radio that Europe is facing an “unprecedented migrant crisis”, and has resorted to sheltering many of them in abandoned government buildings in Paris.
5. EUROPEAN POLITICS–MOVING TO THE FAR RIGHT?
There has clearly been a political backlash against all of this. Anti-immigrant far-right parties like France’s National Front are increasing in popularity, both on a national level as well as in local elections. While It’s possible that the Front National could win the presidency in 2017, whether they win or not there’s little question that their ant-immigrant stance will affect not only the national dialogue on the subject of immigration, but the immigrant communities themselves. But here’s the point, immigrants, first second or third generation, are clearly not going to accept the consequences benignly.
Already, National Front mayors can make it impossible to obtain a permit to build a mosque in their respective cities. Local regulations are increasing which prohibit providing halal meat in schools and jails, as well as the wearing of headscarves. In Italy the push-back is also evident. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the mayor of Padua, Massimo Bitonci told an Italian newspaper, “…the council will not grant any more public space for the construction of mosques and Islamic places of worship” (Corriere).
IS IT TOO LATE?
Notice how these five social trends are self-reinforcing. Denying that the problems in the immigrant communities exist or that Islam is a religion that encourages violence will discourage the development of an effective means of ameliorating the problem: limiting immigration, monitoring mosques, and policing these neighborhoods. The consequence of this denial is the rise of anti-immigrant populism and further pressure on on an already angry immigrant population, which will only encouraging more radicalization. No-go zones will become no-return zones.
The assumption that immigrants from Muslim countries with their ancient traditions, customs, and religion would eventually adopt a new set of social and cultural values was unfounded, especially considering the iniquitous state to which those values have evolved. Now it may be too late; accelerating immigration, decades of below-replacement-level birthrates in European countries, and the high rates among immigrant families suggest that Mr. Houellebecq’s story line could turn out to have been prophetic.