Monday, March 20, 2006

Dutch Treat

Oh, I do love the Dutch. They’re so adept at coming up with innovative ideas.

The latest is a sort of “tolerance test” for immigrants.

Prospective
immigrants are sent a video and a quiz which they must complete before they can live in the Netherlands.

The video includes images of gay men kissing and a topless woman on a beach. Government-issued softcore porn – only in Holland!

After the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a militant Muslim, and the assassination of politician Pim Fortuyn, an outspoken homosexual who warned that Holland’s tolerant culture might not be the best fit for the puritanically inclined, this pre-immigration package seems like a smart move. It says, “This is what you can expect if you come here. If it bothers you, maybe you shouldn’t.”

Holland has a burgeoning Muslim population, and I must say that baffles me; the country is renowned as one where all manner of “vice” are tolerated, and they must surely know it.

I hope the shifting demographics don’t change the unique liberal tenor of the Netherlands. At least not before I have the chance to visit there at least one more time.

21 comments:

Jack K. said...

Veddy interesting! They may be on to something. Can you imagine what the neocons would come up with? I would not be pretty.

The Dutch give a special meaning to liberal. I think we might need to look into this.

BTW, reading the article, I did notice that US citizens are exempt from taking the test. That may be big mistake.

ttfn

Pete Bogs said...

I noticed that about Americans, and I took it as a compliment... meaning, though some uptight Yanks may bristle at such "vices," they're unlikely to kill anyone over them...

Blue said...

I read about this & was going to do a post - thanks for saving me the effort lol

I think its fantastic.... We did a similiar thing in Australia - only we called it a tourist advertisement.

Pete Bogs said...

BB - the slogan for that could be "Wowsers need not apply" or "If bloody hell offends you, stay the bloody hell home!"

Mr Q said...

Thanks for the wake-up call Bogs, I didn't know you were up already after all the dark ounces you sipped on St Paddys.

Thanks Jack for your sympathy and comment to the Quomain.

The Dutch system, will we ever reach that status or are we genetically deprived of planting, caring, maintaining and promoting such a liberal concept of government. What is the impediment? Is it our size or climate or once again, genetics?

Bird said...

hahaha! i was thinking the same - that the dutch might consider knocking americans off the list (we seem so intolerant these days). but...and this is a stereotype - i would think that most people considering immigrating (emmigrating?) to holland would be more tolerant and liberal than your average american bear - takes an open mind to contemplate relocating to another country - or perhaps it takes gay couple, eager to marry and remove themselves from the barbaric prejudices we have here.

(i wonder if the dutch have kept americans on the list of "preaproved" because of US state department coercion - you just never know...)

Hellpig said...

I hope the shifting demographics don’t change the unique liberal tenor of the Netherlands.

That's the whole point Bogs to stop the Goatfuckers, Van Gogh's term for a muslim,from going there and implementing their barbaric culture upon the liberal Dutch they are trying to preserve their way of life.

I guess they are tired of having their girls gang raped in the name of Allah,or their artist shot in the streets for film making depictions of muslim truths for the world to see.

WAY TO GO DUTCH

ffff said...

Gee I think Australia should have tried this. Instead we showed film of our poisonous spiders, vast deserts, venomous snakes and sharks to try to stop 'boat people' from landing on our shores. There were many people who said we should have just shown them photos of Lil Johnny Howard et al and that would have stopped them. However just to drive the point home they then showed the concentration camps they would be put in if they tried to seek asylum on our precious shores. (Our national anthem has a line that says: "With boundless plains to share" - That is why I can no longer sing it).

fatty ~ said...

basically, if you bring money, skills and education in, or you're from a western country you're cool.

if you have different ideas to us and not a benefit to our society, we'd rather offend you in your own country before you come to ours.

sure they've got a problem with their idea of 'liberalism' but they have a bigger problem with all these muslim citizens they are trying to force out.

nope. no double standards here.

Hellpig said...

aka fatty said...
basically, if you bring money, skills and education in, or you're from a western country you're cool.


So I guess you would rather have the Criminals,rapists,uneducated,and poor to come to your country and suck on the governments welfare "TIT" with absolutly no intention of ever integrating themselves to the host countries culture?

Bird said...

how odd. i know several muslims, and none of them fuck goats, nor participate in gang rapes. i have heard tell of some american boys though who fuck sheep, and over the years, i've read news reports about some gang rapes taking place in various cities in the good 'ol U.S. of A. I recall a well-publicized case too - some all-American, white, preppy-type boys who gangraped some young woman at a bar.

Guess all Americans must be gang-rapers. Gosh, whudya thunk it!

Hellpig said...

Not today Bird,I don't have the time,but nice try.

But your defence of Terrorists has been noted.

Hellpig said...

STRIKE the word terrorists,replace with rapists,my bad

Pete Bogs said...

America's version of this tape would include Bush's many, um, "accomplishments" and footage of Ashlee Simpson "singing..."

that'll scare 'em away!

fatty ~ said...

multiculturalism is a scam.
integration is impossible.
domination is racist.
minorities always loose.
just leave those people behind. (they dont deserve to live anyway)

what kind of world do we live in?

Pete Bogs said...

multiculturalism is a noble aim, but it depends on individuals tolerating one another's ways... some people are too set in their was or are simply zealots of some kind, and don't know the meaning of tolerance...

despite their history, Israelis and Palestinians, for example, should be able to live alongside one another... why should their different worship practices keep the land disputes and violence going?

religious folk should realize when they move to a place like Holland that if they don't allow themselves to assimilate all aspects of the new culture, they need to learn to at least tolerate them...

Hellpig said...

Bird I am going to keep it short and sweet

Goatfuckers
Muslim gang rapists

The American Gang Rape you refer to was called "The Accused" it stared Jodie Foster,I looked but couldn't find any preppy American gang rapists,or too many at all for that matter, could you please explain where your info comes from?
or is it just the one made for tv version.

But I did find about 50 muslim gang rapes,all in different host countries.and all within a year. Imagine that!

Pete Bogs said...

hell is correct about the gang rapes, unfortunately... in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan they are used to humiliate and punish a family for one transgression or another... it's considered a kind of vigilante justice, with the governments not condoning the "sentences," but also not doing enough to stop them...

liberalbanana said...

Wow, that's so cool! I wish other countries did the same thing. We could all stand to be more tolerant of others. I've never been to the Netherlands - it sounds like a fantastic country though. Someday!

I found out not too long ago that people don't even need to learn any English to become U.S. citizens (they can take the tests in their native languages) and that bothered me a bit. Don't you think that if you've moved to a new country, you'd be making every attempt possible to learn their language? Am I being too harsh?

Pete Bogs said...

lib-b: I don't think that's unreasonable... though I personally think that learning the language should not be a prerequisite, but that you should be expected to learn a functional level of English within a reasonable amount of time of arriving - either through enculturation or formal training...

Hellpig said...

liberalbanana said... Don't you think that if you've moved to a new country, you'd be making every attempt possible to learn their language? Am I being too harsh?

Well it used to be a requirement for all immigrants to know English,they also needed a place to live,a host or relative in country,needed to be immunized,needed to have a job waiting.Had a background check,although primitive for the times.

The biggest danger we face is the immunization,or lack of,America is seeing a return of such childhood diseases as measels,Whopping cough,TB and so on.