March 15, 2006

Should a Test of 'Liberalism' Go this Far?

And, should there be such a test of liberalism?


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - 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.

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


Should a person be subjected to such a test to become a citizen? I thought a corollary to the concept of freedom was the ability to look away at those things an individual might think offensive.

3 Comments:

Blogger Craig H said...

I wonder how the Muslims that immigrate are reacting.

I'm surprised they haven't torched the immigration office, beheaded the staff members, and burned the flags outside.

Thu Mar 16, 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

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Fri Mar 17, 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

.... and then file complaints to the E.U. and U. N. because of a lack of religious tolerance.

Fri Mar 17, 08:41:00 PM  

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