2003 November 04 Tuesday
Norwegian Minister Wants Muslims In Norway To Modernize

Norwegian Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg, whose responsibilities include immigration, wants Muslims in Norway to adopt Norwegian values.

She's especially critical of the role that Imams play in Norway. "These religious leaders can't just be brought up from Islamic countries where Muslims are in the majority," Solberg said. "They have no understanding of what it's like to be a Muslim in a country where they're a minority. "They have to get more education, which they should get here in Europe," she continued. "It's especially important that immigrants learn what it means to live in a feminist society."

Suggestion for Ms. Solberg: If you want immigrants whose values will more closely match the values of the native people of Norway why don't you prevent people who have widely different and incompatible values from immigrating in the first place?

Muslims in Norway profess to not know what she is talking about.

The World Islamic Mission in Norway, claiming it doesn't understand Solberg's criticism, asked Solberg to explain what she means by "modernization," which she did on national radio on Tuesday.

See my previous posts Terrorism and the Assumptions of Classical Liberalism and Individual Rights The Highest Value Of All People? for explorations on the question of whether there are incompatible systems of values. My short answer: Yes, and the sun just as obviously comes up in the East. Why is the obvious so hard for some people to understand?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 November 04 08:20 PM  Immigration Culture Clash

MOHAMMEDI Mohammed said at October 15, 2005 6:35 AM:

please I want to know a young muslims for discussion and dialogue for ower religion and islam's perspeceives.
Thank you in advance.

Calvin D'souza said at February 11, 2006 1:32 AM:

The Muslims should leave Norway alone or they must go to Svalbrad in Norway where there are volcanoes or go to China so that the volcanoes will erupt on the Muslims but unfornately it does not happen because the bastards are surviving and good people are getting killed because of these Muslims who are comming from their donkey countries from all the conternents around the word.

Trygve said at March 25, 2009 4:08 PM:

Instead of taking people of such different cultural backgrounds as immigrants to Norway, why, if the norwegian government wants people to immigrate to Norway, didn't and don't they ask Norwegian Americans if they'd like to immigrate to Norway. People who have grandparents with names like Sigrud, and Halvor, and who know some old Norwegian language and foods, like Lutifisk and Lefsa. If the Norwegian government asked me, an American of Norwegian descent to immigrate to Norway, I would jump at the chance as I'm proud of my Norwegian heritage.
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