Saturday, March 18, 2006

'To the Netherlands'

The Netherlands now has some of the strictest immigration policies in Europe ... Dutch officials deny that the film "To the Netherlands" — or the new law for that matter — is intended to discourage further Muslim immigration. But they insist that they want all applicants to consider whether or not they would fit into one of the world's most permissive societies.

Just what does the film contain?

"People do not make a fuss about nudity," the narrator explains.

That lesson, about the Netherlands' nude beaches, is followed by another: homosexuals have the same rights here as heterosexuals do, including the chance to marry.

Just to make sure everyone gets the message, two men are shown kissing in a meadow.

Here's the full NYTimes story by Gregory Crouch.