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.