AS THE WORLD TURNS: News Weekly
Europe's political realignment / Marginalisation of fatherhood
, July 11, 2009
Europe's political realignment
Over the last three decades, social-democratic Europe's political, cultural, academic, and media elites have presided over, and vigorously defended, a vast wave of immigration from the Muslim world - the largest such influx in human history. ...
Yet instead of encouraging these immigrants to integrate and become part of their new societies, Western Europe's governments have allowed them to form self-segregating parallel societies run more or less according to sharia. Many of the residents of these patriarchal enclaves subsist on government benefits, speak the language of their adopted country poorly or not at all, despise pluralistic democracy, look forward to Europe's incorporation into the House of Islam, and support - at least in spirit - terrorism against the West.
A 2006 Sunday Telegraph
poll, for example, showed that 40 per cent of British Muslims wanted sharia in Britain, 14 per cent approved of attacks on Danish embassies in retribution for the famous Mohammed cartoons, 13 per cent supported violence against those who insulted Islam, and 20 per cent sympathised with the July 2005 London bombers.
Too often, such attitudes find their way into practice. Ubiquitous youth gangs, contemptuous of infidels, have made European cities increasingly dangerous for non-Muslims - especially women, Jews, and gays. In 2001, 65 per cent of rapes in Norway were committed by what the country's police call "non-Western" men - a category consisting overwhelmingly of Muslims, who make up just 2 per cent of that country's population. In 2005, 82 per cent of crimes in Copenhagen were committed by members of immigrant groups, the majority of them Muslims.
More and more Western Europeans, recognising the threat to their safety and way of life, have turned their backs on the establishment, which has done little or nothing to address these problems, and begun voting for parties - some relatively new, and all considered right-wing - that have dared to speak up about them.Extract from Bruce Bawer, "Heirs to Fortuyn?", City Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, Spring 2009.
;Marginalisation of fatherhood
The role of the father is increasingly problematic in the context of modern American culture. Fatherhood has been marginalised and the rule and authority of fathers have been depreciated, ridiculed, and continuously redefined. From the Berenstain Bears
to The Simpsons
, fathers are all too often the object of ridicule or the subject of the laugh line.
Of course, some fathers bring this marginalisation upon themselves as they either neglect or forfeit their own fatherly responsibilities. In many sectors of our society, fathers are most noted by their absence. Indeed, millions of American children are growing up without any significant father figure, much less their biological father.
The marginalisation of fatherhood can be traced to many developments, but one prime source of this marginalisation is the intellectual class and its radical commitment to ideological feminism. Fatherhood is now an ideological category that is inescapably linked to everything from patriarchy (considered to be the original sin) to popular culture (where the intellectual elites exert a very significant, if indirect influence).
Fatherhood has been marginalised in the society at large, and even the biological contribution of a father can now be replaced by a mere "donor" from a sperm bank or a fertility clinic.
Given the marginalisation of fatherhood and the confusion about the role of fathers, Father's Day becomes more and more awkward. Nevertheless it still comes on the calendar and journalists, intellectuals, and cultural observers feel the need to say something about fatherhood in June.Extract from R. Albert Mohler Jr., "Watch out for myths about fatherhood", Albert Mohler blog, June 19, 2009.