It is time for Europe to make a decision to do the very best to stop hate and fear in the maturing union. A dramatic decision could be that any immigrant that is sentenced for having expressed or practiced racial violence against another citizen should lose their right to stay in the Union. Racism is an unacceptable aggression by an individual’s fear of other individuals cultures, religions or sexual orientation and should never be accepted. By accepting it we would undermine the motives behind the union – the creation of a peaceful Europe.
About two decades ago, the until then leading swedish tabloid Expressen, published a shameful first page headline – ”throw them out”. The chief editor had – rightly so – to leave the paper.
Our article argue for a contrarian opinion than the one in Expressen. No one should ever been thrown out because others prejudice opinions, and people who are arguing or practicing racist violence but are born in the union are by obvious reasons not possible to exclude from it.
We have a long tradition in Europe of the fight for women and homosexuals rights, this is nothing that we can accept being challenged. No one in the union has to accept to listen to racism or have to fear violence on that ground. In this matter we have to be intolerant to the intolerance. Unfortunately, many of those we intend to get a shelter in the EU are coming from cultures less tolerant. As we have to understand the circumstances of their opinions, we have to make clear that we don’t accept any racism or discrimination in Europe.
If we accept discrimination then we also accept violence on or fellow citizens, that cant be right. For instance, the attitude of many people from Uganda about gay people should be stopped already at the Schengen border. We can’t accept that people claim that some citizens – gay people – are sick and should die. Would we accept if the same was said about jews or catholics? We simply have to take some tough stands to fight for a peaceful and respectful society.
”Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report. Governments are increasingly criminalising ”homosexual acts” by seeking to impose new laws and draconian penalties, it adds. This sends the ”toxic message” that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals,” the report says.
The president of the USA, Barack Obama, was underlying a similar message on an African tour in late june:
”Africa must free itself from homophobia
On only his second visit to Africa since taking office, Obama hailed the advance of democracy on the continent and said he was looking at ways to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a free-trade agreement due to expire in 2015, to create jobs on the world’s poorest continent. /…/ but the president did also underline that ‘Africa must free itself from homophobia’, reported The South African Times.
European politicians has, like the american president, to take a far tougher stance on racism, i.e. homophobia. And we have to do it now. Because we have to hate the hatefulness to be able to get rid of it.
We also have to continue to talk to them who are among us – to do our best to create more tolerance in our societies. More love and less hate. Unfortunately, many of those who act in the name of love are in reality practicing hate propaganda – those should be challenged, even thou they often – wrongly – act in the name of God. Anyone that practice hate in the name of God is a person who confuse a loving and understanding message. They are rather talking in the name of the devil, and let us get rid of him. Now.
Europe is and should be a place for peaceful europeans, africans and other immigrants who we have welcomed to our continent – as long as they respect every persons equal value. We can and should learn from one and another instead of showing ignorance. By being humble and showing respect we will all grown and so will our societies.