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Chuck Pinkey

July 2, 2013

The grass isn't always greener over in Europe


Imagine sitting down with a Muslim Imam discussing collective bargaining, universal health care, workplace safety, and better working conditions. I’m sure climate change and environmental safety will be high on his priority list.

Talk to that same Muslin Imam about a woman’s right to chose, equal work for equal pay, and same-sex marriage and see how enlightened he will be. Even simple things like the right to inherit and you’ll soon realize that to him, ladies, you really don’t matter.

In fact, if it were not for the cultures of Europe and America, can you imagine the gains in women’s rights and minority rights that never would have been? 

As mentioned earlier, we have known Peter for almost 20 years, and he has spent his career with the UN as a geologist in Central and South America, Africa and Southern Asia helping develop natural resources for poor Third World countries.

If anyone has seen the downside and tried to do something about it, it is my liberal, socialist friend, Peter. A Neo-Nazi or racist, he is not, and when it comes to the dangers facing European and American culture, he isn’t crying “wolf.”

CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.

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