Europe Struggles to Integrate Muslim Immigrants

November 26, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 26, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on the inegration of Muslims into European society and the difficulties highlighted by the recent murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The article reported, "The van Gogh case resonates partly because of the brutality of the killing and the clash of two extremists: a strident filmmaker who referred to Islam as 'garbage' and whose recent film denounced the treatment of Muslim women in a way distasteful to many Muslims; and a young Islamic militant with Dutch-Moroccan citizenship who allegedly referred to van Gogh's insults in a note left on the victim.

But beyond this was a perplexing question: How could such a crime occur in one of Europe's most tolerant countries? Where prostitution and marijuana are legal, the motto has been 'live and let live.'

Perhaps this is the core of the issue, because while the Dutch and the Europeans generally have 'let' Muslims live in their countries, they haven't really welcomed them."