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Dutch Gay Acceptance Test For Immigrants

From Ireland’s Evening Echo:

A woman wearing a Muslim head scarf walks past a lingerie advertisement at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Wednesday March 15, 2006. Would-be immigrants to the Netherlands are expected to watch a film that has images of gay men kissing and topless women on the beach. Potential immigrants, who resist acknowledging Dutch liberal views will not secure a much-needed residence permit.

Dutch set would-be immigrants a ‘blue movie’ test

15/03/2006

The camera focuses on two gay men kissing in a park. Later, a topless woman emerges from the sea and walks on to a crowded beach. For would-be immigrants to The Netherlands, this film is a test of their readiness to participate in the liberal Dutch culture.

If they can’t stomach it, no need to apply.

Whether or not they find the film offensive, applicants must buy a copy and watch it if they hope to pass The Netherlands’ new entrance examination.

The test – the first of its kind in the world – became compulsory today, and was made available at 138 Dutch embassies around the world. Taking the exam costs £240 (€360).

“As of today, immigrants wishing to settle in The Netherlands for, in particular, the purposes of marrying or forming a relationship will be required to take the civic integration examination abroad,” the immigration ministry said in a statement.

The test is part of a broader crackdown on immigration that has been gathering momentum in The Netherlands since 2001.

Not everyone is happy with the new test. Dutch theologian Karel Steenbrink criticised the 105-minute movie, saying it would be offensive to some Muslims.

There are some major exemptions. EU nationals, asylum-seekers and skilled workers who earn more than £31,000 (€45,000) per year will not be required to take the 30-minute computerised exam. Also, citizens of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Switzerland are exempt.

Mohammed Sini, the chairman of Islam and Citizenship, a national Muslim organisation, defended the film, saying that homosexuality is “a reality.” Sini urged all immigrants “to embrace modernity.”

I would think this would be offensive to many other people besides Moslems. And not just on religious grounds.

I guess they didn’t have the guts to use a cartoon of Mohammed.

Where is the ACLU?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 15th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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