Do you remember when the “separate but equal” principle was reviled by American progressives as a cover for racial discrimination? Do you remember when apartheid in South Africa was reviled by European progressives?
Well, that was then, and this is now. According to NIS News:
Minister Permits Separate Male-Female Dutch Language Classes
THE HAGUE, 03/04/09 — Municipalities are allowed to schedule separate classes for men and women for integration courses if this boosts the effectiveness of integration, according to Integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan.
Van der Laan has sent a letter to all municipalities in which he points out that migrants on integration courses must be made aware of “the principle of equality between men and women.” This does not mean however that men and women always have to have lessons together, in his view.
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According to Van der Laan, local authorities can organise separate courses for men and women if this is the most effective way to point out equality to migrants. Separate courses can avert women not turning up at the Dutch language and culture courses, because they feel they are not allowed to meet strange men, he argues.
Like apartheid and segregation, Mr. Van der Laan’s proposal disguises the fact that men and women are not equal in the eyes of those who require policies like this, and no amount of high-flown rhetoric and administrative legerdemain can disguise this fact.
“Integration”! This would be the joke of the decade, if the consequences weren’t so serious.
Hat tip: TB.