To no one’s surprise, Joseph Farah has joined a growing chorus of wingnuts calling for an end to Muslim immigration to the United States. He uses the same old rhetoric that is always used against immigration by every group that has come here after the nation’s founding:
I say it’s time to strictly limit Muslim immigration into the United States to avoid the kinds of disasters we’re seeing in Europe…
America doesn’t owe anyone – no foreigner anywhere – an engraved invitation to be part of our national covenant and community. We’ve been far too lax in allowing anyone and everyone who flouts the rules entry to this country. That has to stop immediately. The very next step we need to take is to determine what kind of people will help our nation stay true to its Constitution and other founding principles – and what kind of people will not.
It seems obvious to me that anyone who subscribes to Saudi-style Shariah law, as described in the Islamic Quran and Hadith, would not be inclined to swear allegiance to the Constitution – at least not without crossing his fingers taqiyya-style.
I certainly agree with him that anyone who subscribes to Saudi-style Sharia law is unlikely to support concepts like freedom and democracy. That should be obvious. But notice that his standard makes it impossible for any Muslim to come to the United States because even if they were to say they support those things, they would be presumably lying “taqiyya-style.”
America’s No. 1 national objective should be to ensure that we as a nation remain committed to the Constitution. I think most Americans would agree with me that only those would-be immigrants who are truly committed to preserving the rule of law should be welcomed here. We should not consider bringing in foreigners who seek to transform America into France or England or Iran. America remains a unique, though faltering, experiment in self-government because of its Judeo-Christian heritage. And, if we ever forget that and treat all other belief systems as equal to the worldview of Judaism and Christianity, the America we have known for 235 years will cease to exist…
Because there are 1 billion Muslims in the world, most of whom simply do not share our Judeo-Christian worldview – the one that separated us from the rest of the nations and made America special and great.
First of all, there is no such thing as a “Judeo-Christian worldview.” That is an absolutely meaningless phrase. And the principles upon which this country was founded are entirely alien to the Bible and to Christian theology for centuries before they were expressed, primarily by those who rejected most of the Christian mythology.
But notice two things. First, how he casually equates France and England with Iran, as if they were at all the same. Second, notice how it’s all about religion for Farah. By his standard, any non-believer would also be in trouble. After all, we don’t share this “Judeo-Christian worldview” and therefore can’t support what “made America special and great.” But in the real world, it is conservative Christian forces who are most likely to ignore constitutional principles and seek to impose their own form of Sharia on the country, and that agenda is opposed most fiercely by secularists like us.
And I would go further than that. In every single instance where America has overcome old prejudices to extend the principles of freedom and equality to previously uncovered groups — black people, women, gay and lesbian people — it was conservative Christianity that actively sought to prevent it, always citing the Bible as evidence that we should continue to oppress and discriminate against anyone their God allegedly doesn’t approve of.
Look around the world and find a Muslim country that is free. Take your time. You will need it. There simply is no such country – and for good reason. The Islamic faith does not countenance liberty for all. It’s not an ideal of the religion – as it is in Judaism and Christianity.
Now let’s take a slightly broader view. Look at the history of the world from the 1st century CE forward and find a single Christian country that was free. Take your time. You will need it. There simply is no such country, for good reason. Because Christianity was opposed to the ideals of liberty all that time — and many, though certainly not all, Christians still are — and had to be brought into the modern world by adopting Enlightenment principles that were absolutely foreign to their religious doctrines.