Starting at the age of 1, “ghetto children” must be separated from their families for at least 25 hours a week, not including nap time, for mandatory instruction in traditional values, including Christmas and Easter.
Another proposal allows courts to double the punishment for certain crimes based on income, employment status, education levels, number of criminal convictions and non-Western background.
Another imposes a four-year prison sentence on immigrant parents who force their children to make extended visits to their country of origin.
Another allows local authorities to increase their monitoring and surveillance of impoverished families.
New executive orders from our idiot president?
No. All part of a new “ghetto package” in, of all places, Denmark. Most of the proposals have already been accepted: more are coming.
These restrictions do not specifically single out Muslims living in that country; in fact, specific religious groups are not mentioned at all. Instead the word “ghetto” is sprinkled liberally throughout the new strictures, the point being that the poorer people are more likely to retreat into their own culture and not become “good Danes.”
(Even so, a recent Facebook post railed against a supermarket for selling a cake reading “Eid Mubarak,” for the Muslim holiday of Eid. Cakes are becoming the canary in the coal mine for prejudice and bigotry these days.)
According to some observers, the Danes seem comfortable with the word ghetto because it has no intrinsic religious overtones. For a country occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II, their amnesia seems particularly astonishing.
One Danish family, children of Lebanese refugees who speak Danish without an accent and sometimes complain that, because they speak so little Arabic they can barely communicate with their grandparents, is subject to the new rules. They had always felt comfortable in Denmark, they said; now they wonder if this feeling was always there and is just now coming to the surface.
(Danish Muslims are Danes in every sense of the word-following all the nations rules. “We don’t eat pork,” one of them said, citing the only concession to his faith.)
Of Denmark’s 5.7 million people, 87% are of Danish descent. Two-thirds of the rest are from Muslim backgrounds. No one is disputing the abysmal poverty in the so-called ghettos, but one would expect a solution to be more prescriptive than punitive. That does not seem to be the way—not in Denmark; not in America.
All around us we are watching humanity retreat, led by—but not restricted to—myopic nationalists like Donald Trump. I would expect a tweet from the president soon, complimenting the Danes on their modern-day “final solution.” It’s unlikely he’ll grasp the implication of that phrase in history (of which he knows nothing) or its perversion of humanity (of which, again, he knows nothing.)