The Dangers Of Failing To Assimilate Immigrants

I am in favor of legal immigration.  My family is made up of people from at least four countries and three major religions.  I am glad they all came here and managed to get together and form my family.  There are family stories of extreme poverty and also stories of major successes.  There are things we can be proud of and things we would rather not talk about, but we are all Americans.  We have family traditions that go back to our roots, and we have family traditions that are totally based in American traditions.  But we are all Americans and we believe in this country and the laws of this country.  That is part of what makes America one country.

Britain has a problem.  According to a CBN News report dated Sunday, a group calling itself Muslims Against the Crusades is proposing that two towns in Yorkshire and one in East London be turned into states ruled only by Islamic law, entirely outside British common law.

The article reports:

“Some government officials in the towns also agree that the Muslims Against the Crusades proposal doesn’t represent the wishes of most of the Muslim population there.

“Still, Christians are fighting the proposal, saying Islamic law isn’t compatible with Britain’s Christian heritage and values.

“Last month, Baroness Caroline Cox introduced a bill into the House of Lords to protect Muslim women from abuses under Sharia law.

“”In Britain, we have a country where many people have died to protect the democratic freedoms enshrined in our laws and our culture,” Cox said.

“”And we have now allowed an alternative quasi-legal system to develop in our land, which is fundamentally incompatible with those democratic freedoms and where many citizens, especially women, are suffering as a result,” she said.”

Currently there are 751 Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones in France–these are zones in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.  This information is from an article at Daniel Pipes.org written in November 2006 and updated in January 2010.

Is this the direction western civilization is headed?  Can western civilization survive going in this direction?