Canadian Immigrants Forced to Watch Brokeback Mountain?
This film isn't supposed to portray the Dutch way of life, i.e., you don't have to kiss a member of the same sex or sunbath topless in order to immigrate there, you just can't start beating people who do this. What is interesting is that the Muslim community in the Netherlands seems to have a big problem with this.
Two men kissing in a park and a topless female bather are featured in a film that will be shown to would-be immigrants to The Netherlands.
The reactions of applicants will be examined to see whether they are able to accept the country's liberal attitudes.
Those sitting the test will be expected to know which country Crown Princess Maxima comes from (Argentina) and whether hitting women and female circumcision are permitted.
I think that if someone wants to immigrate to another country, they should be completely willing to accept the customs and attitudes of that country. They don't have to adopt these customs and attitudes; they just have to accept them and not lash out in a violent or demeaning way when they are confronted by them. If Muslims feel particularly slighted by this, then they should examine their own attitudes and prejudices before attempting to move to a country that has these attitudes and behaviors. Personally, I think that it is a very small portion of the Muslim community that has these violent reactions, but they are afforded every protection by a very activist community leadership which may have ulterior motives.
Muslim leaders in Holland say the film is offensive.
"It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals. Even Dutch people don't want to see that," said Abdou Menebhi, the Moroccan-born director of Emcemo, an organisation that helps immigrants to settle.
Should Canada start showing Brokeback Mountain in order to gauge the reaction of new Canadian applicants? I would have no problem with that, I'm just worried that there are a lot of Canadian citizens that would not pass that test either.