Monthly Archives: September 2010

Are Most Womanizers Gay or Bisexual?

A commenter, apparently a crazy woman, suggests:

Most womanizers are gay or bisexuals…don’t believe this B.S.

This commenter must be a woman. This is one of the ways that females get their revenge on the enigma of the womanizer: the only reason he is doing this is because there is some secret homosexual bugbear lurking somewhere in his psyche. The Don Juan is in desperate flight from his latent homosexuality.

I think this crap originally came from psychoanalysis, and the whole concept of latent homosexuality doesn’t make sense. As Otto Weininger would say, homosexuality is one of those A or not-A things. Something one either is or is not. It’s a pair of concepts. All humans, except the asexual, are either homosexual, heterosexual, or some combination of these these things (what we call bisexual). There is no third category. There is no such thing as latent homosexuality. One is either gay, straight, or some combination called bisexual.

What a nutty idea. I’ve never met a gay womanizer in my life. How ridiculous can you get? They idea of a gay man sleeping with half the women in town is preposterous. Why? Why would he waste his time?

Are they bisexual? Hard to say.

Most of the ones I’ve known were not, but two of them were, one a very dear friend of mine. He originally was a wild womanizer, one of the most insane I’ve ever known. But he did have a gay side. I know because he used to whistle at me when we were changing to go swim in the pool. Not really whistling as a joke either. Yikes.

Later on, he moved in with this queer in West Hollywood. Then he lost his job. The queer said either put out or get out. Disgusting, huh? I told everyone the fag was a scumbag, and my whole friend circle screamed at me. It’s perfectly acceptable to force a straight guy to screw a fag or else live on the streets!

He came and stayed with me for a while, but then he mysteriously went back. I was up in LA hanging out at nightclubs with him trying to pick up model/actress types and I went back to his place. I woke up in the middle of the night, and he and the fag were going at it in the next room. Don’t ask me how I knew. I said oh well and went back to sleep.

I woke up the next morning, and he was a bit defiant. I temporarily lost a contact lens, and the fag made a fake show of tying to “find it” by putting his hands all over me. Even my friend got in on it. I guess he had come to discover the pleasures of men. I ignored their crap and let them carry on and get their vicarious thrills. Later we found the damned lens.

We had breakfast, and the fag laid some bizarre and ugly psychological trip on me to try to seduce me. Didn’t work.

Later that morning I left, and I said a very warm goodbye to my friend. I decided, in my progressive and multicultural humanism, to love him whether he was fagging off or not. We had a long history together. But I never went back.

I saw him a few times later. A friend mine saw him too. He was living with the fag and hanging around with this crowd of queers. They would go on trips together, like down to Laguna Beach. No idea what they did down there. Yikes.

Once he passingly remarked that he has a fistula in his anus. He got it from “driving a truck.” Yeah right dude. He was drinking more, now in the mornings, but he’d always been a bit of a drunk. He had a cute girlfriend with him, a drunk herself. Later I heard he moved up to Santa Barbara to live in a house with her. He might have even married her.

Another guy was basically straight, but I’m sure he was known to do it with guys if times got desperate. I know this because he asked me once.

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About the Ban Policy

A commenter comments on the ban policy:

How many people did you ban today?You should consider putting up a (dis)honor roll of all the banned commenters.

None.

I deal with the suggestion below.

The banning is good and bad.

Comment sections that don’t ban are quickly ruined. In particular, you have to ban attacks on the author because otherwise this section will be full of mostly guys attacking me and me slamming them back. Lame or what? It will be full of fights.

Also the fact that we ban makes the other commenters act good towards each other. We actually allow fights between nonauthor commenters on here, but we don’t encourage it. Because of the ban policy though, commenters don’t fight too much. That’s good because even huge blogs have comment sections that are full of trolls and idiots fighting each other. The comments are basically trashed.

It’s also good because it makes Alpha and me act good. I have to act good on here because I ban. Make sense? Here’s how. Since I ban, I have to be pretty nice. Mostly to regs, but in general. Suppose I tore into commenters on a regular basis. Ok, then commenters would logically start flailing back at me, right? I mean, who could blame them? Then I would be forced to ban them, but I basically provoked them into a ban, no? It wouldn’t be fair. I would also be a bully by fighting people and not allowing them to fight back. I don’t bully people. It’s immoral. I used to, but not anymore.

There’s a downside to that in that I have to be nice to some truly horrible commenters, like Nazis for instance!

It also makes me write better. Say I want to write a piece totally massacring Jews or Blacks verbally. Well, my co-author is Black. She would probably threaten to quit. The comments section is full of Jews. They would get so mad they would either flail at me and get banned, or else they would take off. So the ban policy makes it so my posts are not so much screeching, bigoted and irrational diatribes.

So it’s good because it’s necessary and it makes the comments a decent place, but it’s also bad.

It’s bad because it scares people off from commenting. Even regular commenters see the bans and get frightened and inhibited about commenting. They are afraid to comment for fear they may get banned, I think.

73 people have been banned so far.

All bans can be petitioned, but hardly anyone ever does. Only one guy has, and the idiot has been rebanned twice after petitioning twice to come back! I think it’s to humiliating to ask to be unbanned or something.

A dishonor roll would not work due to the way in which people are banned. I can’t really explain the method on which we ban, but I don’t even necessarily know the handles that got banned, OK? If I tell how we ban though, then people will start trying to circumvent the bans, which can get extremely annoying. Thank God we have not had to deal with that.

There are a couple of regular commenters who got quickly banned after they showed up. They really pissed me off! They went a got a new name (really more than that, but I won’t go into details) and they surreptitiously circumvented the ban and came back, but this time they were good. They in effect asked that the ban be pulled. I caught on after a while, but as long as they were being good, I let them stay. I won’t name them. At least one is a reg now. The other’s been gone for a bit.

We do warn people, especially regs, if they are heading for a ban. So regs hardly ever get banned. Most bans are newbies, which is kind of sad, but they can always petition, you know.

I do kind of get off on banning the idiots, it’s true. I get to pound the Hell out of them hilariously in front of a cheering audience and then I don’t even give them a chance to fight back. How often in life can you do that? Hehe.

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Canine Onanism

LOL, I had no idea dogs did this.

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Spanking the Monkey

Ridiculous.

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Sick Doggy Porn

It’s enough to make you puke.

This is so sick. I don’t know why videos like this aren’t banned. Can you imagine? Little children are watching this stuff?

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Conservatives Promote Stupidity, How and Why

In the comments, Matt astutely notes about Republicans’ willful promotion of stupidity:

Rob, You may remember how conservatives at one time were writing all those books about how l “liberal” education policies were making American children stoopid (Closing of the American Mind, Don’t Know Much About…, Cultural Literacy). Whether their idea of the causation was correct or not, they were right; Americans are stoopid. But you’ll notice they’ve mostly shut up about it. They must have figured out that the poorly educated and the willfully ignorant were their base.

Good point Matt. Of course that’s their base.

Sure, a lot of people who vote Democrat aren’t very smart, but that’s just the way they are, and nothing can be done about it. Anyway, the Democratic Party in general is not hostile to science and does not promote complete and utter stupidity, except when they parrot GOP ideas and concepts.

What’s funny is that I’m sure the guys running the GOP are very smart people. No doubt they are often very intellectual guys. But they willfully peddle Stupid Juice by tankload to the masses, and they know full well what they are doing. It’s disgusting, but there’s a method to their madness. If they could get people to vote rightwing by peddling intelligence, I’m sure they would do that instead.

What’s disturbing is that conservatives have always promoted ignorance and stupidity everywhere they’ve been in power and at all times. The priests of the Middle Ages would not let the Bible be translated, because they didn’t want their flocks to learn to read. The Taliban burn down girls’ schools. The Nazis burned books.

When Fujimori seized power in Peru, he shut down most of the nation’s universities as hotbeds of subversion. The army raided the universities, ransakcked them, tore them to pieces, raided libraries and destroyed all the books, on and on. The universities were later reopened, and students shuffled back to campus, appalled at their trashed schools. Funding for the universities was gutted, and the books in the libraries were never replaced.

Curiously, Peruvian polls consistently show that a majority of Peruvians support Fujimori, so I guess Peruvians are even more retarded than Americans. At least we don’t send in the army to tear down UCLA and burn all the books in the library while the population cheers. Not yet anyway. I guess that’s in the future.

A similar thing happened in El Salvador under rightwing rule. The universities were shuttered as hotbeds of subversion.

Under Pinochet in Chile, funding for the public schools was gutted, and your average Chilean public school now is literally falling apart. The wealthy send their kids to public schools, so they don’t care. Not quite pro-stupidity, more like “we don’t want the masses educated.”

The same happened in Argentina, where funding for the public schools was incredibly transferred to private schools, leaving the public schools tottering and and decrepit. This is essentially what the Right in the US wants to do with their vouchers scheme.

The ruling elites have always feared that an educated population would figure out the rich people’s scam and cut off some of the loot or transfer some to themselves, so conservatives everywhere and at all times have attacked the education of the masses. The motto of conservatives is that the dumber the people are, the easier they will be for us to manipulate.

I am ashamed to admit that the worst Communists who ever lived, the Khmer Rogue, deliberately targeted any urban person with an education. They often signaled out those who worse glasses for execution. One wonders how much the national IQ went down during Khmer Rogue rule.

Mao executed intellectual dissidents during the 100 Flowers Campaign. During the Cultural Revolution, Mao shuttered universities and sent students to the work the fields with the peasants. The argument was that intellectual students were a privileged elite.

Stalin’s purges in the 1930′s disproportionately targeted the intellectual leadership of various ethnicities who he distrusted.

Otherwise, Communists have been some of the most pro-educational governments in the history of man, but we do have some shameful backsliding.

Any time your government is mass imprisoning and/or executing the intellectuals of society, it seems to me that the state is engaging in some pretty retarded behavior.

Here’s a plan! Let’s put all the smart people in prison! Better yet, let’s kill all the smart people! Duh. No better way to run your society into the ground.

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What’s With All the Hostile Commenters?

What’s up with that?

Is it a full moon or something?

Annoying.

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Newsflash: Americans Are Idiots!

Even worse, religious fanatic idiots. Yikes. An idiot is one thing, but a dangerous idiot is something else all together. Religious fundamentalism throws gasoline of the smoldering embers of American retardation, igniting an angry conflagration of aggressive and menacing stupid so terrifying that the sane people feel they have 5 minutes to evacuate the idiots’ presence.

More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation.

Ow! That’s so stupid it hurts! If you’re that dumb, you really need to be tossed out of Protestantism.

As if we didn’t know that already, a study adds to the tonnage of evidence pressing down on our chests, making us catch our breath once again at the idiocy of our land. There is nothing new here. Alexis de Torqueville noted 180 years ago that we were a land of willful retards who spat on the notion of learning and culture as that of “Old Europe.”

This moronitude continues to this day – “freedom fries,” “surrender monkeys,” on and on, any insult at our cultural and intellectual betters to rid us of the nagging notion that we are a nation of idiots flopped onto sofas, swilling Budweiser while we stretch to gaze at the Hypnotube over the looming mount of groaning and overstretched bellies.

It’s one thing to be stupid and humble. You find a lot of folks like this in 3rd World countries, and you have to admire them in a way. They’re dumb, but they wish they weren’t, and they wonder at an educated fellow in that he had the opportunity to obtain that grail that they never grasped.

Americans are worse, they are so much worse. Americans are defiantly ignorant! They take pride in being stupid. The stupider the better, they scream as they head for the Colorado River or Vegas on the weekend. They actually look down sneeringly on their betters who stopped dragging their knuckles long enough to pick up a book and actually read the thing. “Books are for losers!” the Moronicans scream.

The Republican Party plays to the typical American idiot, swoons at his stupidity and feeds more raw retard meat by radio, TV and paper every hour of the day. The well-trained American imbecile laps up the stupid food like caviar and the Republican Party roars it’s approval. The Republican Party is all about stupid. That’s the very reason for its existence. It’s actively hostile to science, as fascists and even conservatives have typically been.

An atheist would look at it this way:

It’s stupid enough to believe religious fairy tales, but if you’re going to believe children’s fables, you may as well get it straight exactly what nonsense you guide your life by. Americans are so much worse. They swear by fairy tales to lead them through the day and the voting booth, but they can’t even tell you what tall tales they actually believe in. All they know is they believe in some fantastical nonsense, but they can’t even describe the nonsense that they believe in. But they believe in it anyway! How pitiful!

Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.

Wince! Even Catholics are dunces. It’s called transubstantiation, morons. Granted, the concept is seriously stupid, but it is official Church doctrine, for what it’s worth.

Not surprisingly, White Southern Protestants were the dumbest Whites of all (LOL), but Black Protestants and Hispanic Catholics were both considerably dumber – 65% – than even the dumbest Whites. So race realism shines again, even in the pews, or in the empty skulls of those who fill them at the end of the week.

Less than half of Americans know that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist.

LOL, idiots. How could anyone not know that?Amazingly, even American Jews are retarded! But Jews are smart. Indeed they are, IQ-wise, but thrown into the wrecking yard of US culture, even Jewish brains start to wilt in the sun of stupid.

And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.

LOL, I thought Jews were smart or something. Guess I’ll have to go back and renew that theory. That Jewish quote is scary: it implies that merely living in America is bad for your brain. Ouch!

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Barbara Lerner Spectre Video: Lots of Comments, Little Sense

An interview with Barbara Lerner Spectre, head of a Jewish society in Sweden, is getting a lot of airplay all over the Anti-Semitism Sphere on the Net. The anti-Semites are jumping up and down, barking at the moon, frothing at the mouth, doing somersaults and acting stupid like they always do.

Here is the video:

View the video yourself. There’s nothing new here. Same old European Jewish stuff as has been going on for a century or two.

Of all of the comments on the video, the increasingly anti-Semitic Kevin MacDonald’s is probably the most sensible. However, even he misses the point. He says that in the video, Spectre admits that European Jews are hated because they are at the forefront of multiculturalism.

In fact, she says no such thing, and there is no evidence for this anyway. There is little anti-Semitism in Europe. What anti-Semitism exists at all is almost entirely due to Muslims. White Supremacist anti-Semitism in Europe is not common. “The New Anti-Semitism” of the Left is probably even less common: it’s mostly Jewish hallucination and paranoid delusion, a peculiar psychotic psychopathology that Jews adopt everywhere they go.

The rest of the Anti-Semitism Sphere, mostly White Nationalist types, have jumped all over the video as evidence of their “Jews Hate the White Race” theory whereby evil Jews conspire to muddy up nice White societies and force kind and decent Whites to commit racial suicide againsnt their wills. Oh, those evil Jews! They force Whites to kill White people and White culture! Start up the ovens already!

This view of Jews as destroyer of Whites is marginal among sane White people everywhere on Earth.

Here instead is Spectre’s argument, which admittedly doesn’t make a lot of sense:

European anti-Semitism is a reflection of monocultural European societies. Monocultural European societies always take it out on the Jews. Therefore, the solution is to mix European societies to dilute their monocultural and monoreligious nature and thereby create societies that are safer for the Jews. The old Jewish game for a hundred years or so.

She says that Europe is transitioning from monocultural, monoethnic and monoreligious (and anti-Semitic) to multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious (and implicitly philosemitic). We are in the midst of such a transition right now, though it has not been completed (true). Jews will play a leading role in this transition, not because they want to exterminate the White race, but because they see this as the best way to have safe societies for Jews.

She does not say that Jews are hated due to their role in promoting multiculturalism. MacDonald has completely misread this video. As MacDonald gets deeper into anti-Semitism, he is starting to get more irrational, but that’s how anti-Semitism works.

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Danish Psychologist: “Integration of Muslims in Western Societies Is Not Possible”

I am going to reprint this article in toto below. I agree with every single thing that this man says. Further, I agree with his conclusions. All immigration of Muslims to Europe must stop. We should help repatriate Muslims those Muslims who wish to return to their Islamic societies. We should only allow in Muslims who have essentially left their religion and are no longer Muslims.

We don’t have a similar problem yet with Muslims in the US and Canada as they do on the Continent, so I see no need yet to cut off Muslim immigration to the US or Canada.

Which European countries should halt all Muslim immigration? Those which are having serious problems with Muslims and crime and terrorism: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, the UK and Germany. I’m not aware of any other European countries that are having serious problems with Muslim immigrants and crime/terrorism and antisocial behaviors. If you can think of any other countries this applies to, let us know in the comments.

This is one area where the Left has gone stark raving insane. They support the mass immigration of unassimilable, antisocial, criminal Muslims in the West for no rational reason. Instead, who is protesting the invasion of this reactionary culture to the West. Our very own Western reactionaries! We dropped the ball in fighting Muslim reaction, so now it is up to our own reactionaries to fight their Muslim reactionary brethren. Ridiculous!

I do not feel that this psychologist is a reactionary or a conservative. On the contrary, he seems like a very liberal of even Leftist fellow, judging by his language. He’s simply doing what we no longer do on the Left: Tell it like it is. It is incomprehensible to me why we on the Left are supporting this reactionary culture.

Why would this immigration ban be such a hardship for the poor Muslims? Let them stay in their sandboxes. If their Muslim culture really is so fantastic and wonderful, surely their Muslim societies must be better places to live than the depraved and degenerate West, no? Eh? This is not so? Why is that, Muslims? Oh Muslims! Look in the mirror for the answer.

Danish integration problems with Muslims became public worldwide in 2006 when the newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Exactly two years later riots broke out again because of the reprint of the Mohammed cartoons by all major Danish newspapers.

Currently 70% of the prison population in the Copenhagen youth prison consists of young man of Muslim heritage. Is this recent violence and general violent tendency among Muslims solely coincidental, or is there a direct connection?

In February 2009, Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist published a book entitled Among criminal Muslims. A psychologist’s experience from Copenhagen. In his book, Nicolai Sennels shares a psychological perspective of this Muslim Culture, its relationship to anger, handling emotions and its religion. He based his research on hundreds of hours of therapy with 150 young Muslims in the Copenhagen youth jail. EuropeNews interviewed the author about his book and its consequences on integration of Muslims in Europe.

EuropeNews: Nicolai Sennels, how did you get the idea to write a book about criminal Muslims in Denmark?

Nicolai Sennels: I got the idea in February 2008 during a conference on integration in Copenhagen, where I was invited as the first and only psychologist working in a Copenhagen youth prison. My speech at the conference was about the fact, that foreigners’ culture plays a significant role concerning integration, crime and religious extremism. I emphasized, that people from a Muslim culture find it difficult, if not impossible, to create a successful life in Denmark.

This statement was met with great resistance from Danish politicians and also my own boss from the youth prison. I was quite surprised since I thought that my point is obvious: some cultures fit better into Western societies than others. All of Europe is currently struggling to integrate Muslims but this endeavor seems to be impossible. According to the Danish police and the Danish Bureau of Statistics more than 70% of all crimes in the Danish capital are committed by Muslims. Our national bank recently published a report stating that a Muslim foreigner costs more than 2 million Danish kroner (300,000 euros) in federal social assistance on average, caused by the low participation in the work force. On top of this, we have to add many additional types of social welfare that unemployed people can receive in our country: expenses in connection with interpreters, special classes in school—64% of school children with Muslim parents cannot read and write Danish properly after 10 years in a Danish school—social work, extra police etc.

My statement resulted in a legal injunction, a kind of professional punishment, which stated, that if I ever repeat this, I could be fired. According to the Copenhagen authorities it is apparently permitted to state that the serious problems among Muslims are caused by poverty, the media, the police, the Danes, politicians, etc. But two things are definitely not allowed: 1) discussing the significance of culture and 2) our foreigners own responsibility for their integration in our societies. Unfortunately many very powerful politicians lack a clear understanding of the psychological aspect of culture and the influence it has on integration.

EuropeNews: What were the reactions in Denmark?

Sennels: The book was received with a great amount of attention, already before the book was officially published on February 24 2009. It was on the front page of one of the biggest national newspapers in Denmark, and I was on the radio and TV participating in debates with politicians and other experts on the subject. The first publication of the book was sold out after three weeks.

Since then, there have been some big changes in Danish integration policy, which seems to have been influenced by the book and the attention it got. From my personal point of view, the widespread attention shows that my statement is true: there is simply a great need for a deeper understanding of how Muslims’ culture influences their chances for integration.

The very famous politician, Naser Khader, who is Muslim and the author of the bestseller “Honor and Shame”, wrote a review of my book and stated that it should be “obligatory reading for students, social workers and teachers.” Jyllands-Posten, the brave newspaper that first published the Mohammed cartoons, calls the book “an original piece of pioneer work”.

EuropeNews: Let’s have a closer look at the book. You talk about four myths of integration. The first one concerns the difference between the cultures of immigrants.

Sennels: What I discovered during my work at the youth prison was that people of Muslim heritage have other needs for social work than Danes or people of non-Muslim cultures. These different needs require more attention, and psychologists need to do more research on these topics in order to be able to create effective social politics.

I completely agree with my critics that personal and social problems can lead to anti-social behavior among both Westerners and Muslims. However, there is still extremely disproportional anti-social and anti-democratic behavior among Muslims. The Danish Bureau of Statistics published a report (1 and 2) stating that Muslim countries take the first eight places on the top 10-list of criminals’ country of origin. Denmark is number nine on this list.

EuropeNews: So that means, we have to treat Muslim and non-Muslim immigrants in a different way?

Sennels: Seen from a psychological and also humanistic perspective, it is very clear that people from different cultures have different needs when they have or create problems. My own experience is that Muslims don’t understand our Western way of trying to handle conflicts through dialogue. They are raised in a culture with very clear outer authorities and consequences. Western tradition using compromise and inner reflection as primary means of handling outer and inner conflicts is seen as weak in the Muslim culture. To a great extent they simply don’t understand this softer and more humanistic way of handling social affairs. In the context of social work and politics this means that they need more borders and stronger consequences to be able to adjust their behavior.

EuropeNews: That leads us directly to the second myth: it is often said, that the criminality of immigrants is caused by social problems, not by their cultural background. In your book you disagree and point to the religion of the Muslims as a source of criminality.

Sennels: Well, I would rephrase it as “Muslim culture” instead of “religion” because there are a lot of Muslims who don’t know what is written in the Quran and who don’t visit the mosques. But they are strongly influenced on a cultural level. And there we see that especially anger is much more accepted in the Muslim culture.

One example: in Western culture and also in other non-Muslim cultures, like in Asia, you see aggression and a sudden explosion of anger as something you’ll regret afterwards, something you are ashamed of. It is completely opposite in the Muslim culture. If somebody steps on your honor—what I as a psychologist would call self confidence—you are simply expected to show aggression and often also verbal or physical revenge. So, aggression gives you a low status in our cultures, but a high status in the Muslim culture.

There is however another and much deeper reason for the wide spread anti-social behavior in Muslim communities and their strong aversion against integration—namely, the very strong identification that Muslims have with belonging to the Muslim culture.

My encounter with the Muslim culture has been a meeting with an exceedingly strong and very proud culture. This is certainly something that can ensure an ancient culture’s survival through changing times—Islam and the Muslim culture are excellent examples of this. A strong and proud culture unfortunately also makes the culture’s members almost unable to adapt to other values. In Germany, only 12% of their 3.5 million Muslims see themselves as more German than Muslim; in France and Denmark, only 14% of the Muslim populations respectively see themselves more as French or Danish than Muslim. Research among Muslims living in Denmark also shows that 50% of the 1st- and 2nd-generation immigrants are against free speech and 11% would like to see the Danish constitution exchanged with the sharia law (more numbers from this research can be found in the printed issue of the newspaper). These high percentages are of course frightening, but especially disturbing is the fact that there are no differences of opinion on this topic among Muslims who are born and raised in Muslim countries and the opinion of their children who are born and raised in Danish society. When it comes to identity among Muslims, nationality does not count at all in comparison with culture and religion. The consequence is a powerful and growing opposition to Western culture and values in Muslim ghettoes throughout Copenhagen and other major European cities.

EuropeNews: As you already pointed out, a lot of Muslims have a strong connection to their religious identity. The third myth you dismantle in your book is about the percentage of extremist’s and fundamentalists among Muslims. It’s often presumed that this percentage is relatively small. What is your experience?

Sennels: People hope that most Muslims are modern and accept Western values. My experience is different, and this has been proven by the statistics in Europe that I just quoted. In February 2008, we had some deadly serious riots by young Muslims in Denmark.

Those riots were partly a reaction to the great focus by the Danish police on the steeply rising crime rates in Muslim areas. The other reason was the reprinting of the Mohammed cartoons in all Danish newspapers. This reprinting was an act of solidarity with the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose life was, and still is, seriously threatened.

In these riots, we saw Muslims who don’t practice the Islamic religion in their daily lives standing up for their culture and religion in a very aggressive way. Copenhagen was smoking for an entire week due to several hundred of fires, and the police and firemen trying to calm the situation down were also attacked. A big part of the rioters ended up in the prison where I worked, and I therefore I had the chance to talk with them. Almost all of them were Muslims, and they all claimed that what they have done—starting fires, attacking the police etc.—was justified since Danish society, through its pressure on integration and through reprinting the Mohammed cartoons, has proven itself to be racist and against Islam and Muslim culture. The few Danish people among the rioters were completely different. Their explanation of their actions was predominately a search for adventure or excitement.

EuropeNews: The fourth myth is that poverty among immigrants leads to their bad social situation. In your book, you tell us that the opposite is true.

Sennels: You can formulate this important question like this: do people get social problems because they are poor, or do they become poor because they create social problems? My experience is that the very low focus on supporting one’s children in school and on one’s own education and the lack of motivation for creating a professional career is a crucial factor for the poverty, which many Muslims experience in both our societies and in Muslim countries. On top of it, one fourth of all young male Muslims in Denmark have a criminal record. Poor reading skills, a strong aversion against authorities and a criminal record simply make it very difficult for you to get a well paying job. It is anti-social behavior that makes you poor. Not the other way around.

Unfortunately many politicians see poverty as the main cause of integration problems. I think this is a horrible and one-dimensional view of poor people and of people in general. The idea that people’s behavior is decided by the amount of money they have on their bank accounts every month is an exceedingly limited view. I myself, as a psychologist who graduated from the humanities department of the University of Copenhagen, would say that people have many more and stronger factors in their lives than money, which influence their behavior and way of thinking.

EuropeNews: What is the conclusion on your research? Is the integration of people of Muslim heritage into Western societies possible?

Nicolai Sennels: I would say that the optimists, the people who say that integration is possible, carry a very great responsibility. There is a very great risk that they are selling us hope, a dream, that has no foundation in reality. This means that they will be the ones who are responsible for Europe looking away from and not addressing its problems until it is too late.

There is simply no research in Europe that supports the optimists’ view. On the contrary, all the research that we have on integration of Muslims in Western societies shows that we are continuing to head in the wrong direction. So I don’t know how these optimists come to their conclusion. Maybe it is a vain and childish hope that everything will turn out well, just like in the fairy tales. Or maybe it is a pseudo-Darwinistic idea that everything will develop in a positive direction. One thing is for sure: they don’t base their judgments on facts.

Of course there are exceptions but for the largest part integration to the necessary degree of Muslims is not possible. Clever and compassionate people are working all over Europe on the problem, and they have spent billions of Euros on the project, yet, the problems still continue to grow.

The psychological explanation is actually simple. The Muslim and the Western cultures are fundamentally very different. This means Muslims need to undergo very big changes in their identity and values to be able to accept the values of Western societies. Changing basic structures in one’s personality is a very demanding psychological and emotional process. Apparently very few Muslims feel motivated to do so. I only know a few who managed, but I also know that it was a long and exhausting struggle on an inner level for them and that they often pay a high personal price on the outer level because their Muslim friends and families despise and/or disown them for leaving their culture.

EuropeNews: But what we are going to do with the Muslims, who are already here?

Sennels: I see two possibilities. Firstly, we should immediately stop all immigration of people from Muslim countries to Europe until we have proven that integration of Muslims is possible.

Secondly, we should help Muslims who don’t want to or are not able to integrate in our Western societies to build a new and meaningful life in a society they understand and that understands them. This means to assist them in starting a new life in a Muslim country. We actually have the economic means to do this. As I mentioned previously, the Danish National Bank calculated, that every immigrant from Muslim countries costs 300,000 euros on average. With this money, we could help these people to live a happy life in a Muslim country without having to integrate in a society they don’t understand and therefore cannot accept. Having money enough to support one’s family and live in a country where one feels at home with the surrounding culture would be a great step forward in the quality of their lives. And we should help them achieve this. Not only the individual Muslim, but also European societies will benefit. Muslims immigrating from Europe to Muslim countries will function as ambassadors for more free and democratic societies: due to their experience from living in a democracy with real human rights and their knowledge of the social systems in Europe, they will take very important ideas and values with them. In this way they can do what hopefully most of them dream of, i.e. help their Muslim brothers and sisters in their home countries by changing the poor conditions and from which they moved away from initially.

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