Some right-wing xenophobes and Islamophobes are absolutely freaking out over a plan to provide a home for 2000 Syrian refugees. Ann Corcoran, from some ragtag little outfit called Refugee Resettlement Watch, went on Jan Mickelson’s radio show and they spread a whole lot of manure around.
Corcoran told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson on Friday about her resistance to refugees from Muslim countries being resettled in her western Maryland community and throughout the country, saying that resettlement programs are a Democratic effort to gin up votes while pushing “the whole multicultural meme” on communities like hers.
“I think that it is partly driven by progressives looking for reliable left-wing Democrat voters, that’s a driving force,” she said, “I think there’s a certain amount of just wanting to rub diversity in the noses of conservative communities and places where there isn’t a lot of diversity and just bringing them in and push the whole multicultural meme on us.”
Bringing more diversity to places that are lilly white? How horrifying! I mean that, it actually is horrifying to conservatives, who nearly always have the psychological trait of being opposed to new things and very attuned to perceived threats from outsiders.
She warned that the refugees themselves have even more sinister motivations: “I can say from the standpoint of the Islamic reason for doing this, is that Mohammed told his followers to migrate to create an Islamic state throughout the world, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Migration is a form of jihad.”
Bear in mind that she knows absolutely nothing about the 2000 people being brought here. She assumes that they are all Muslims, which may or may not be true, and assumes that if they’re Muslim, they must be terrorists bent on jihad. There’s no basis for such an assumption other than plain old-fashioned bigotry. She’s simply not capable of seeing them as human beings trying to escape a horrible civil war after watching their friends and family get bombed or murdered. They are outsiders and therefore they are a threat. It’s the same psychological motivation for being opposed to immigration (especially from those who have darker skin than she does).
“This is an existential threat to the United States,” he said. “This is absurd. You have radical Islam considers immigration to the United States an act of religious conformity, religious fidelity. It’s an act of jihad they’re commanded to do, and they’re doing so not because they have a legitimate reason to be, to take refuge here, although some may, but mostly it is to advance Islam while they increase their lifestyle, usually at the expense of the taxpayers.”
“It is an existential threat,” Corocoran agreed, adding that refugee resettlement is more dangerous that terrorist attacks. “Frankly, we could survive terrorist attacks in my mind, it might even make us stronger, but we’re not going to survive this migration,” she said. “We only need to look to Europe to see how far advanced Europe is in a very bad way.”
It’s 2000 people, for fuck’s sake. 2000. In a country of 350 million. Calm the fuck down.