Since 1 March people who want to settle in the Netherlands are required to pass a preliminary exam at the Dutch embassy in their native country. This so-called “integration test” includes a film which exposes the would-be immigrants to scenes of kissing homosexual men and topless women. The message is that “If you can’t tolerate gay lifestyle and public nudity, you can’t come.”
Citizens from EU member states and from Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan are exempt from the test. Fortunately this applies to the United States, too. Otherwise Americans – most of whom do not approve of the public display of depravity and nudity – would not be allowed to settle in the Netherlands.
Participation in the compulsory exam costs 350 euro, which the candidate loses if he fails the “integration test.” The exam can be taken at 138 Dutch embassies and consulates worldwide. The participants are obliged to buy the film (even if they find it offensive), as well as a CD ROM and a picture book. However, a censored version of the film, without the gay kissing scene and the female nudity, has been made for countries such as Iran, where the distribution of homosexual and nude material is illegal. This means, ironically, that the people living under these oppressive regimes can pass the test without having their moral values violated.
Skilled workers earning more than $54,000 per year are also exempt from taking the exam. They, too, will not be subjected to watching the scenes of kissing men and topless women, which means - again ironically – that only the poor will have their moral sensitivities shocked by this portrait of Dutch liberalism.
I have argued before that Europe is in the middle of a three-way culture war, between the proponents of secular hedonism, the defenders of traditional Judeo-Christian morality and the forces of Islamic Jihadism. For the secular hedonists currently holding sway in the Netherlands, Islamic Jihadism and the traditional morality of civilised people are one and the same thing. During the past decades the Netherlands have become the moral cesspit of Europe. I also pointed out in an earlier analysis that it is no coincidence that the collapse of Western civilisation, complete with political assassinations, has first become visible in the country which, in the past three decades, has taken secularization, multiculturalism, tolerance of alternative lifestyles, drug abuse and other fads to their furthest extremes.
In 1954 Karl Popper warned that the “moral framework” is the most important safeguard of a society because it
“serves as a basis which makes it possible to reach a fair or equitable compromise between conflicting interests where this is necessary. It is, of course, itself not unchangeable, but it changes comparatively slowly. Nothing is more dangerous than the destruction of this traditional framework, as it was consciously aimed at by Nazism. In the end its destruction will lead to cynicism and nihilism, i.e. to the disregard and the dissolution of all human values.”
This is precisely the Dutch pathology. It was Irving Kristol who remarked that though Hitler lost the war his philosophy won. By forcing kissing gays and public nudity on people, the Dutch hope to stop Muslim extremism, but they will only hasten their own collapse through the spread of cynism and nihilism. In the war for the defence of Western civilisation, the cynics and the nihilists will be of no use. Most of them will not fight, but will sooner surrender, while the others do not know who their friends are and who their enemies. The Dutch liberal secularist Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently told the Belgian authorities that they should ban the country’s largest party, the “islamophobic” Vlaams Belang. In an interview with the Antwerp newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen (1 February), she said why she regards the VB as a dangerous party:
“I would ban the VB because it hardly differs from the Hofstad group [a Jihadist terror network in the Netherlands, involved in the assassination of Theo van Gogh]. Though the VB members have not committed any violent crimes yet, they are just postponing them and waiting until they have an absolute majority. On many issues they have exactly the same opinions as the Muslim extremists: on the position of women, on the suppression of gays, on abortion. This way of thinking will lead straight to genocide.”
The Dutch “integration test” illustrates the same attitude that seems to inspire Ms Hirsi Ali: Immigrants are welcome if they condone gays. They are not welcome if they oppose abortion. If this is how “good” immigrants are to be selected from “bad” ones, it will certainly not solve the basic problem of the West, its birth dearth. On the contrary.