Geert Wilders — the Dutch politician who doesn’t like Muslims — has a ten point plan to “save the West” from militant Islam. Here it is (with my comments):
1. Stop cultural relativism. We need an article in our constitutions that lays down that we have a Jewish-Christian and humanism culture.
Humanism is a rather vague term which usually involves a rational materialistic worldview, thought it’s unclear to me what Wilders’ means when he uses it. A rational worldview is inherently opposed to Judaism and Christianity, which are supernatural belief systems that’re not suported by repeatable results in controlled experiments. Indeed Europe’s success in the last few centuries only occurred when it managed to shrug off the fetters of Christianity during the enlightenment in the 18th century. And Judaism has never been a mainstream European belief system, the only reasons for adding it are (i) that it piggybacks on Christianity by sharing some of the same holy books and (ii) Europeans still feel guilty about the Holocaust.
So, on the contrary, Europe should have an officially secular culture. If people want to go in for irrational beliefs such as Christianity or horoscopes or homeopathy, then it’s OK for them to do that in private at home, but not in the public sphere. (E.g. there should be no tolerance of teaching creationism in schools).
2. Stop pretending that Islam is a religion. Islam is a totalitarian ideology. In other words, the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam.
On the contrary, Islam is of course a religion. It’s also a totalitarian ideology, as is Christianity: in both cases the religion is supposed to inform and guide the entire life of the believer.
3. Stop mass immigration by people from Muslim countries. We have to end Al-Hijra.
I think we should end mass immigration from people whose loyalty to Islam is stronger than their loyalty to their new European home. And in general mass immigration of unskilled and low-intelligence people doesn’t benefit Europe economically. Immigrants to the EU should be expected to speak a European language (typically one spoken in the country they are moving to), be degree educated, and not have a serious criminal record.
4. Encourage voluntary repatriation.
This is too vague for me to comment on. Repatriation of whom?
But on the whole I’m against the idea: if someone’s behaviour is so bad that they should be kicked out, repatriation shouldn’t be voluntary. If their behaviour isn’t so bad, why repatriate them at all?
5. Expel criminal foreigners and criminals with dual nationality, after denationalization, and send them back to their Arab countries. Likewise, expel all those who incite to a ‘violent jihad’.
I have no problems with expelling foreigners who are criminals. Expelling people born in Europe who are EU citizens is another matter entirely and is likely to have serious legal, ethical and practical problems.
6. We need an European First Amendment to strengthen free speech.
Fair enough; but contradicts some of Wilders’ other points.
7. Have every member of a non-Western minority sign a legally binding contract of assimilation.
This would be practical and desirable for immigrants, but not for people born here.
8. We need a binding pledge of allegiance in all Western countries.
Fair enough. Personally I’d have no problem if, on their 18th birthday, everyone had to pledge their loyalty to their country, in order to become a citizen.
9. Stop the building of new mosques. As long as no churches or synagogues are allowed to be build in countries like Saudi-Arabia we will not allow one more new mosque in our western countries. Close all mosques where incitement to violence is taking place. Close all Islamic schools, for they are fascist institutions and young children should not be educated an ideology of hate and violence.
Because Saudi Arabia has a bad human rights record, we should too? What nonsense. Religious buildings should be allowed, within the same laws and planning framework as any other buildings.
State-funded religious schools, however, should not exist.
10. Get rid of the current weak leaders. We have the privilege of living in a democracy. Let’s use that privilege and exchange cowards for heroes. We need more Churchills and less Chamberlains.
Actually this is rather unfair to Chamberlain, whose policy of appeasement is often portrayed as stupid and cowardly. It was neither; and was probibly the optimum policy for the UK, given the information the government knew at the time (specifically the government didn’t know that France would fall quickly in 1940, nor could it have been expected to know).