2000 Syrian Refugees an ‘Existential Threat to the United States’

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.

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  • John Pieret

    Calm the fuck down

    But then they wouldn’t be paid members of Wingnutia®

  • tbp1

    Crikey, don’t these people ever get tired of going through life freaked out all the time? I would think it has to be exhausting.

  • coragyps

    Ms. Corcoran:

    I think you fucking Irish need to go home now. You’ve been advancing your Catholic lifestyle far too long at the expense of us Real Americans.

  • Kengi

    She’s right. Real Americans (American Indians) should kick out all illegal immigrants. Europeans invaded with their Christian crusades and destroyed the native religions and native way of life. It’s time they got the fuck out!

  • John Hinkle

    It’s an act of jihad … to advance Islam while they increase their lifestyle, usually at the expense of the taxpayers.

    Thanks a lot Obama. Not only are you bringing in your “kind” to scare us into shitting clay bricks, but you’re making us pay for it too!

  • colnago80

    I would bet that a goodly fraction of those refugees are Christians. At least at one time, Christians made up 10% of the population of Syria.

    Also, considering that the number of persons displaced by the Syrian civil war now exceeds 10 million, taking in 2000 doesn’t seem like much.

  • StevoR

    Wonder how these people would feel if they were in Lebanon (or Jordan similarly so igather) :

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-refugees-soon-third-lebanon-population-un-1494368866

    Excerpt :

    .. They come just a day after the United Nations said that Syrian refugees could soon make up more than a third of Lebanon’s total population.

    By the end of the year there could be more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and more than 50 percent of these refugees will be children, the UN said in a new report.

    There are already more than a million Syrians in Lebanon, which has a population of slightly more than four million, and already hosts a significant Palestinian refugee population.

    The influx has put grave pressure on the Lebanese economy, and left it struggling to cope.

    The World Bank estimates that the brutal civil war next door has already cost $7.5bn and has wiped 2.9 percent annually off Lebanon’s gross domestic product since 2012. ..

    Let alone how they’d cope if they were in the place of those Syrian refugees?

    Wasn’t there some old Christian saying about “there but for the grace of god go I?”

    Sheesh, Ann Corcoran, get a fucking sense of proportion (& empathy) won’t you!

  • ikunuu

    http://www.census.gov/popclock/?intcmp=home_pop

    Current pop of USA: 320,866,330

    Just FYI.

  • eric

    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

    Evidently in her mind, Maryland is a red state but 2,000 more votes will push it blue. How fact-based.

  • Synfandel

    “She warned that the refugees themselves have even more sinister motivations…”

    The don’t want to die. Pure, unalloyed evil!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of my teeming fear.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

    and I’ll lift up the ladder and won’t let them near…

  • eric

    Incidentally, Wikipedia lists the number of legal Syrian immigrants to the US for 1986-2012 as 68,864, or an average of 2,600 per year.

  • colnago80

    Re StevoR @ #7

    There’s at least that many in Jordan, which is threatening to destabilize that country.

  • llewelly

    They think ISIL is horrible, murderous monsters, but they want refugees to stay where ISIL is …

  • John Pieret

    John Hinkle @5:

    Best Modus impression of the week!

    Modus @ 11:

    Best Modus of the week!

  • yoav

    It’s 2000 people, for fuck’s sake. 2000. In a country of 350 million.

    That’s homeopathic dilution levels, which make their musliminess more powerful.

  • raven

    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.”

    I don’t know if this is true. Fundie xians always lie. For one thing, when the Koran was written, most of the world such as North America wasn’t known to Mohammed. I haven’t read the Koran though so can’t say for sure.

    Because, I’ve read the bible. That was hard enough on my brains. Overrated, kludgy book of mythology.

    But the New Testament definitely says that xians are supposed to spread out and take over the world. That is why there are even today, xian missionaries everywhere.

    I’ve never had a Moslem, Pagan, or atheist missionary come to my door selling their cults. But I’ve had a few xians and Mormons here and there, LDS, JW’s. and who knows which other ones.

  • dingojack

    This is an existential threat to the United States…”

    Paging Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche to the white courtesy phone, Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche to the white courtesy phone please…

    Dingo

  • raven

    Jesus final command was for his disciples to be missionaries

    articles .chicagotribune. com/…/sns-201206260000–tms–bgrahamctnym-…

    Jul 18, 2012 – Q: I’m on a committee planning a missions conference in our church. … lives to bringing the good news of God’s love in Christ to our forefathers. … But the Bible tells us that He was far more than this: He was God in human …

    39 Bible verses about Missionary Work – Knowing Jesus

    bible .knowing- jesus.com/topics/Missionary-Work

    1 Peter 3:15 – but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is …

    There you go. Xians sometimes refer to missionary work as the Great Commission. Mormons refer to it as late childhood torture (some of them) and rounding up some more 10% tithers, aka fresh meat for the cult.

    Oddly enough, these days most xian missionary work is aimed at converting other xians. Tim Tebow got brownie points for a mission to the Philippines. Which is far more xian than the USA. He was after…Catholics which his cult considers Fake Xians under the power of satan.

    Ann Corcoran is just a tribal bigot. She hates Moslems. I’m sure she also hates science, scientists, gays, atheists, other nonxians, nonwhites, and anyone else not of her tribe of bigots.

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #19

    He was after…Catholics which his cult considers Fake Xians under the power of satan.

    The Whore of Babylon don’t you know.

  • raven

    Migration is a form of jihad.

    Migration is a lot of things.

    For Syrian refugees, I’m sure migration is a form of…not dying.

    This is common and true of some of my recent ancestors and probably some of hers. IIRC, a good share of the Irish population left during the potato famine for the USA.

    It has a lot to do with a severe civil war that has wrecked most of the country and killed hundreds of thousands.

    PS Jesus also commanded people to feed the hungry and take care of the poor and needy. Ann Corcoran is a cafeteria xian and clearly is not going to pick this version of jesus.

  • dmcclean

    … they’re doing so not because they have a legitimate reason to be, to take refuge here, although some may …

    But fuck them, amiright?

  • busterggi

    Maybe its a problem with the adrenal glands never taking a break.

  • blf

    This “threat” reminds me of Attila the Stockbroker’s Libyan Students from Hell.

  • jonathangray
  • Kermit Sansoo

    jonathangray – By the nature of the link you provided, should I assume you agree with the general consensus that Ms. Corcoran is a paranoid racist?

  • jonathangray

    Kermit Sansoo –

    “I distrust every idea that doesn’t seem obsolete and grotesque to my contemporaries.”

    ― Nicolás Gómez Dávila

  • jonathangray

    Bringing more diversity to places that are lilly white? How horrifying!

    Ever noticed how it’s only the lily-white places that are felt to need diversity and end up getting it good and hard whether they want it or not? No-one ever says Africa would benefit from a lot more white faces or that Japan should adopt an immediate open-borders policy. Funny that.

    I mean that, it actually is horrifying to conservatives, who nearly always have the psychological trait of being opposed to new things

    “In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, ‘I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.’ To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: ‘If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.'”

    and very attuned to perceived threats from outsiders.

    Very sensible. The world is a dangerous place.

    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.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/isis-militants-travel-europe-disguised-syrian-refugees-1485874

    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).

    Or maybe it’s just a clear-eyed view of the potential for mayhem, social dislocation and even population replacement — whether or not there are any militant jihadis among their number. Europe is on the edge of an abyss; it would be rash to assume America is invulnerable.

    It’s 2000 people, for fuck’s sake. 2000. In a country of 350 million. Calm the fuck down.

    But will it stay at that level? If you’d suggested to somebody in the 1960s that in just a few decades white ethnic Britons would constitute a minority of the population of London or that the most popular boys’ name in the UK would be Mohammed, they’d think you were insane, a scaremongering bigot. Whites are already expected to be a minority in America in just a few decades.