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COMPASSION FOR REFUGEES SHOULD NOT MEAN CULTURAL SUICIDE

By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in the American Spectator

For those who are moved by the tragic story of individual refugees and are seeking to admit them in large measures, how many should we admit? How many will be enough? The president of the European Union wants the EU to accept 160,000, but what happens when that number barely meets the demand?

Remember, the refugees bring with them the same culture that caused the Middle East to spiral into chaos. Yes, many are victims, and they deserve compassion, aid, food, and shelter. But resettling large numbers of people who come into Western society with the desire to remake it in their image is neither in our interest nor appropriate to our cultural responsibility to succeeding generations.

Large numbers of Muslims have not acculturated into Western society. Our secular values, our historical concerns for individual liberty, and individual freedom stand at variance with a culture based on submission, misogyny, and triumphalism.

A documentary by German public TV shows that Muslim children born in Germany express values that are consonant with their Islamic heritage but at variance with the political socialization they should be experiencing as German citizens who will one day bring their values into the polling booth.

Can German democracy survive when a segment of its citizenry believes that women are inferior beings, that gays are sinners whose fate should be determined by the Sharia, that insulting the Prophet of Islam justifies murder, and that given a choice between the values of German constitutional democracy and Islam, they must choose Islam?

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