Thorny Questions for Europe
Official European policy and its moral guidelines conceal several questionable premises. Upon close inspection, many of the oft-quoted European values and several of the judgments proceeding from them are quite inconsistent.
Here are my seven thorny questions for Europe:
|1.||If all cultures are to be regarded as equally and equivalently legitimate, are there some in which child marriage, public executions and honor killings are legitimate, while these things are inconceivable in our own cultural milieu?|
|2.||What kind of hypocritical relativism is it that Western officials swear allegiance to universal human rights, all the while emphasizing delusions like “cultural equivalence”?|
|3.||If the equivalence of cultures is officially not in question, but seriously negative effects exist in non-European cultures, and these attitudes are increasingly reaching Europe, then how valid is our Western, constitutional identity, and how true and stable is European policy?|
|4.||If those responsible for government in Europe are not committed unconditionally to their national and indigenous culture, and to not believe them to be the best of all, then how believable and authentic are these people?|
|5.||If politicians are not prepared to stand up for their own culture and their own nation with all the means at their disposal, then how trustworthy are they?|
|6.||If the majority of officials act like this, then what else can citizens expect from such conscienceless, opportunistic, cowardly politicians?|
|7.||And the thorniest question of all: Concerning cultures that say they must and will conquer the world in accordance with a divine commandment, are they not basically stronger and more powerful than those that preach only tolerance, compliance, self-deception and secular equivalence?|
Anyone who answers these questions with a modicum of intellectual honesty will come to one fearful conclusion. These answers should determine our future behavior.