March 17, 2006, - 11:41 am

Weird, Ridiculous New Citizenship Test Not for U.S.

There have been a lot of calls by liberals and pro-immigrant groups to make our citizenship test more “culture”-oriented, and not focused on essential facts about American government and history. That’s a mistake.
And if the new Dutch citizenship test is any indication of what a “culture” citizenship exam is about, please spare us. Beginning on Wednesday, Dutch would-be immigrants were forced to watch a video of gay men kissing in a park and a topless woman coming out of the ocean to walk on a beach. Is this the remake of “10,” or a citizenship test? Hard to tell.
Wannabe Dutch citizens will also have to memorize a picrure album of famous Dutch people. We can only imagine requiring the correct identification of Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears as a condition for citizenship here. Please, no.

New American Citizenship Test?

We understand the sentiment. The Dutch are upset by extremist Muslims taking over the Netherlands, and the resulting brutal murders of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamist and Member of Parliament Pim Fortuyn by an environmental radical over his anti-immigration and anti-Islamist views (saying they were acting “on behalf of Muslims”). There is also the harassment of Dutch Member of Parliament and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali. They feel this new set of “tests” will offend Muslims and keep them out. Nice try. It will not. A better solution is to limit the number of immigrants from Muslim countries, something we should be doing here in the U.S.
But it’s clear that the deviant, dumbed-down citizenship test is a mistake we hope the U.S. does not emulate. And the Dutch have already bowed to Islamist pressure, creating a second video minus the gay kisses and bare breasts.

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4 Responses

You forgot to mention the ‘education kit’ costs the applicant $500 and then you are tested and interviewed on it in your home country before you can get to Holland. Fees like these are a good idea. The idea is to put our barriers. Sure, I would love for our govt. to hang a “no muslims need apply” sign at the door, but they won’t do it. Too unPC. But testing, however dumb some aspects are, is another barrier to weed out the Muslim troublemakers. They can’t all be perfect liars, or are they? I believe they also require you to learn Dutch – not sure if this has to be done before arriving in the infidel lands and slam your prongs into the West’s welfare system and begin propagating. I have never understood why we don’t require an English test as part of our citizenship program.

John Sobieski on March 17, 2006 at 12:25 pm

“The Dutch are upset by extremist Muslims taking over the Netherlands, and the resulting brutal murders of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and Member of Parliament Pim Fortuyn by Islamists”.
Fortuyn’s killer was neither a Muslim nor an Islamist. He was killed by Volkert van der Graaf the co-founder of the environmental organisation Vereniging Milieu Offensief.
You are correct about Theo Van Gogh’s killer though. He was indeed killed by an Islamist Mohammed Bouyeri.

lawman on March 17, 2006 at 1:25 pm

Limit the number of Muslim immigrants?
We are way past that. It’s time to actively repatriate them.

Kim Hartveld on March 18, 2006 at 1:21 pm

I agree with you that the Dutch citizenship test is far from ideal (see Liav Orgad’s “Creating New Americans,” which criticizes the test as illiberal for requiring that applicants agree with “Dutch values”). However, your proposal that we limit immigration of Muslims is incredibly antidemocratic. Our country was founded on the idea of freedom of religion, and immigrants who come here should be able to practice any religion they want. Discriminating against a certain religion violates the separation of church and state. Furthermore, the majority of Muslims are not violent terrorists; if a few radical Christians were to commit heinous crimes, that would not mean all Christians are terrorists. We should judge people based on their actions, not on their religious beliefs.

Anonymous on November 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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