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Created: February 3, 2005
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This piece was prompted by a New York Times article on Sunday about immigration problems that the Dutch, amongst others, are experiencing: More Dutch Plan to Emigrate as Muslim Influx Tips Scales by Marlise Simons. NY Times. Sunday, February 27, 2005. At p. A7.

Increasingly, the United States is not the only country having to ask itself what the proper relationship of immigrant to citizen is. This is where the fundamentalist position described by Karen Armstrong in Battle for God holds considerable significance, in that one is looking back to the times before things changed for the worse, and assuming that they have changed for the worse because man did not live by God's rule. From this perspective, immigrants are part of the change and represent what is "wrong" with the country, and the country, even though it depends on their presence and their work to survive, tries to return to the remembered times as the "good old days."

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