Angela Merkel gave a speech over the weekend where she said that immigrants to Germany should assimilate themselves, including adopting Christianity. "We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don't accept them don't have a place here…"
I'm pretty sure Ms. Merkel wishes she hadn't used those exact words. It's one thing to suggest that immigrants learn the local language. Quite another to demand they give up their religion and values in favor of the hegemony.
I actually don't have a problem (and most immigrants don't either) with having them learn the local language. That's important. Of course, where I lose the Tea Partiers is when I suggest that we take the European tack of offering the resources to learn the language to the immigrants. But, to suggest that they must give up their religion and culture to exist in your country is a frightening thing to hear from a Head of State.
For some reason, this is far more chilling to me than banning head scarves. I think it's the overt demand that people renounce one religion for another that makes me so uncomfortable. The fact that 60% of respondents to a poll thought that Muslims should be "significantly curbed" in their religious observances is frightening.
When did Merkel become a Patriot Guard member?
PS – Random language trivia – before Merkel was elected, there was no German word for a female Chancellor. BundesKanzler became BundesKanzlerin.
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