Man Without Qualities

Monday, May 06, 2002

The European Right Wing Just Isn't What or Where It Used to Be!

Pim Fortuyn, the Dutch "Right Wing" activist often compared to Le Pen was just murdered.

A recent BBC interviewer reported:

"Pim Fortuyn is gay, openly so and proud of it and this is crucial to understanding his politics. He fears that the influx of Muslim immigration into the Netherlands is undermining the ultra-liberal, permissive values which made his the first country in the world to fully legalise same-sex marriages. 'Muslims have a very bad attitude to homosexuality, they're very intolerant,' he says. Jabbing his finger aggressively."

It is indeed a curious sort of "Right Wing Activist" who opposes immigration to protect "ultra-liberalism, permissive values" and gay rights.

Interestingly, the thinking of neither Andrew Sullivan nor Eve Tushnet seems to have taken that particular hairpin turn.

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