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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Entrance Exams and Exit Interviews



The Dutch have now developed a test, of sorts, before you can come to the Netherlands and become a citizen there.

Anti-immigration sentiment peaked with filmmaker Theo van Gogh's murder by a Dutch national of Moroccan descent in November 2004.

I'm sure that the Cartoon Wars had something to do with the recent passage of this newly required test. There has been a growing dissent among the Dutch concerning immigrants to their country which has been mostly directed at those of the Islamic faith. And probably for good reason too.

Dutch Islamists have refused to integrate into their host culture.

The test involves a film that the applicants have to watch.

The camera focuses on two gay men kissing in a park. Later, a topless woman emerges from the sea and walks onto a crowded beach. For would-be immigrants to the Netherlands, this film is a test of their readiness to participate in the liberal Dutch culture.

If they can't stomach it, no need to apply.

Despite whether they find the film offensive, applicants must buy a copy and watch it if they hope to pass the Netherlands' new entrance examination.

The test — the first of its kind in the world — became compulsory Wednesday, and was made available at 138 Dutch embassies.


I was wanting to get the address for the Human Rights Campaign who is one of the nation's largest gay and lesbian political organizations, and see if I could get a copy of the exam sent to them. They might really like living in the Netherlands since they don't like it when organizations such as Catholic Charities of Boston have to shut the doors to their adoption agency after 100 years of service.

They're closing the adoption agency because they refuse to denounce their Christian beliefs. Catholic Charities of Boston refuses to let homosexual couples adopt children through their agency.

The state of Massachusetts has forced Catholic Charities of Boston's hand... and I applaud them for sticking to their religious 'guns'.

I was hoping to get seven year old Autum Ashante's address too. She is really unhappy with her life here in the United States and really, really doesn't like white folks. She pretty much told everyone that with the public recitation of her poem.

But something tells me that she probably wouldn't even consider moving to the Netherlands...

Complaints from shocked students and parents led to a tape-recorded apology sent to all parents apologizing for the performance. Autum's father condemned white district officials as "racist crackers." Autum defended her poem by explaining to the Westchester Journal News that white people are "devils and they should be gone. We should be away from them and still be in Africa."

So I got to thinking that maybe we should start an "Autum goes to Africa Fund".

If we could get enough money together for an airplane ticket to Africa for her and her dad, maybe we could save the seven year old from her unhappy childhood here in the United States before it's too late...

Before she turns into a bitter and *hate-full* adult.

You know, the Dutch may really be on to something here.

If every country had a similar examination for their citizens, then we could require everyone in the world to take the exam for the country of their residence. If the test results didn't match up with where they were living, then a computer program would be able to select - through the results of their test - the best country for that person to live in.

Well... It's at least worth a try.

later...

9 Comments:

Blogger AB5SY said...

I can only imagine the U.S. test for citizenship in todays America. I would be one of the first to be kicked out...........I can keep my opions to myself, until it is demanded by under law that I _have to_ engage in a life style or culture that I oppose.

March 17, 2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Here in the UK, immigrants have to undertake a Citizenship course. I haven't looked into what it entails, but hearing about the Netherlands has made me curious. Will update you if it is anything worthy of note!

PS. Have looked into Blogrolling but haven't cracked it yet!

March 17, 2006 2:23 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

I didn't know if this post was ever going to make it onto Blogger or not. Blogger went down sometime yesterday evening and my post was ...somewhere... other than here until this afternoon?

Wm H, I don't think that the Dutch are demanding that anyone lives a particular lifestyle... they just don't want anyone killing people because of a particular lifestyle or belief system. Murdering has kind of been a problem over there of late.

Hey Mid-Life... I know that there has been some 'discussion' about you guys' immigrants over there in England. "Interesting details" would be welcome...

later...

March 17, 2006 4:18 PM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

And all the Christians would be sent to what country??? where?

Incredible. I don't know why I find that so hard to believe, and yet, so believable at the same time.

Making my faith, just that much more precious ...

March 17, 2006 5:21 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

And all the Christians would be sent to what country??? where?

Here, in the United States.

The United States was founded by Christians.

The Constitution was written by Christians.

It's time that Christians in the United States do what they need to do and quit being doormats.

We need to vote.

We need to run for office.

We need to use our voices.

We need to quit giving up our rights.

We need to quit apologizing for our beliefs.

later...

March 17, 2006 7:49 PM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

I was going to say something, the realized it was a french word, decided not to!

So ... I will just say

YOU'RE RIGHT!
:)

March 17, 2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger Moof said...

TJ ... that poem turned my stomach. How sad! I don't understand how people can be that way ... and to infect small children with that virulent hatred! It's conscienceless!

We should put a fund together to send all of the anti-Americans elsewhere. I always thought that restricting immigration was not a good thing, but the idea of making absolutely certain that those who come to our country can live with us in mutual respect would be common sense.

March 18, 2006 7:08 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

What really makes me mad is that fringe groups and marginalized peoples USE our Christian Constitutional Rights to ABUSE and TRAMPLE good Americans.

Are they thankful for what they have and enjoy as American citizens?

They're like spoiled children. They don't even realize what they have, much less care to protect and uphold it.

later...

March 18, 2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

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March 18, 2006 9:33 AM  

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