And in Germany, which has about 4 million Muslim immigrants (most of them from Turkey), former finance minister Thilo Sarrazin has caused a firestorm with a new book that criticizes the country’s immigration policies. Here’s how Der Spiegel puts it:
The ideas are crudely formulated: Muslim immigrants have contributed nothing to German prosperity; the high fertility rates among the country’s Muslim community have resulted in the reduction of Germany’s collective IQ; Muslim immigrants would prefer to be on welfare than to work;
I like how they are “crudely formulated” I guess if you know the message is correct all you can do is stuff like ad hominum attacks. Maybe they should show other studies that show wizened Muslims are pulling the IQ up. If they can’t I recommend and honour killing because the truth hurts.
Sarrazin was forced out of his job at the central bank, but the popular reaction has been quite different:
Criticism bordering on revulsion dominated the first wave of the reaction. Politicians and opinion leaders condemned Sarrazin almost unanimously.
(here, here, for the socialist elites!)
But then it slowly became apparent that many citizens agreed with Sarrazin. The publisher announced that, due to high demand, it was going to increase the book’s initial printing to 250,000 copies. Furthermore, Internet forums and political events made it clear that Sarrazin — a member of the center-left Social Democrats, which has initiated proceedings to throw him out of the party — had broad public support. Many are saying he is right; or, even if he does make a mistake here and there, he isn’t being treated fairly.
(my 2 cents)