I discovered the Norwegian website HonestThinking last year when they started referencing and linking to Fjordman’s posts at Gates of Vienna. They are one of the best cultural affairs websites around, not just in Norway, but anywhere in the world.
HonestThinking particularly focuses on the immigration issues facing the West, and the dangers posed by radical Islam. It has recently posted a lucid manifesto on this topic, which is reproduced in its entirety below.
Notice that the authors encourage republication, so readers are invited to pass this on.
Other publications (websites, newspapers, magazines, etc.) are encouraged to republish this manifesto. Permission to do so is granted provided (a) that the manifesto is published verbatim in its entirety, including its pre- and postscript, and (b) that HonestThinking is acknowledged as the source.
|1.||It is a moral duty to promote human rights all over the world.|
|2.||The concept of human rights must not be confused with any particular legal implementation or formulation of that concept, since such explications could contain internal inconsistencies or imply consequences that would cause conflict with the previous tenet.|
|3.||The worth of a human being is independent of his or her gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual preferences, culture, language, and other such markers.|
|4.||Cooperation across cultural, language, religious, and ethnic borders is desirable and necessary.|
|5.||Even so, culture, language, religion, and ethnicity are instrumental in establishing each individual’s identity, and thus central in forming his or her sense of belonging and loyalty. Any policy aimed at sustainability must take this into account.|
|6.||It is therefore legitimate for any sovereign state to implement restrictions towards non-citizens in such a way that control over its demographic development is retained.|
|7.||It is unacceptable, without foregoing careful consideration and proper democratic processes, that political dispositions be made to alter the demographic composition of a state in such a way that its stability, its inner cohesion, and the mutual loyalty of its population be threatened.|
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The immigration policies currently in vogue in most Western countries show increasing signs of being unsustainable, and the associated problems are likely to grow ever more severe in the coming years. This is one of the largest ethical dilemmas of our time. We therefore believe the entire foundation for the prevailing regime needs to be reconsidered, and submit this manifesto as a starting point for reasoning about these challenges.
We are apprehensive of individuals, organizations, and other legal entities that try to quench free and open debate on the above issues, and regard such political actors as having little or no legitimacy in questions of democracy and human rights. Moreover, ideologies and political movements whose goals are irreconcilable with the above tenets should be considered devoid of moral and intellectual integrity, unless they are able to justify said discrepancy.
Hat tip: Fjordman.