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Assimilation is natural. Non-assimilation is deliberate

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), May 3, 2014 at 13:19

Dear Dr Pipes,

Come to think of it, assimilation of immigrants into american society should be a natural process. You go to local schools, you watch the local TV, you buy the local clothes from local shops, you get exposed to local shops. And so you become like locals. It is the non-assimilation that is deliberate. And, examples of such deliberate non-assimilation are found in many Islamic societies. Many Indian muslims are not immigrants. They are Muslim converts and may have lived in the society since the beginning of time. But deliberate non-assimilation (or deliberate isolationism) is found aplenty among Indian Muslims. Long beards, baggy clothes, Islamic skull caps are now visible on Indian street much more than ever before. Muslims also choose imported languages as mother tongues. Urdu which has little if anything to do with South India is being adopted as the first language among Islamic communities of south India. You can see similar behavior patterns in London(istan). The American born guy in Lodi who claimed he knew no English might be intentionally claiming that he did not know any English to make the lives of the prosecutors more difficult.

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