It’s Time to Discuss America’s Immigration Policy.

It’s Time to Discuss America’s Immigration Policy. November 16, 2015
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Anne Je suis Paris
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Anne Je suis Paris

Not all Muslims are terrorists.

In fact, very few Muslims are terrorists.

ISIS, despite its successes, is a tiny percentage of the world’s Muslims. Also, much of the Islamic world is itself at war with ISIS, trying to end this evil.

At the same time, all of the recent terror attacks, such as 9/11, last weekend’s attacks in Paris, the bombing of trains in Spain, the massacre at the elementary school in Chechnya, and the repeated horrors within the Muslim world itself are Islamic in origin. Add to that the 70-year terror warfare against Israel, and the horror show that occurred in Lebanon. It is clear, for those who are not willfully blinding themselves to the unhappy facts of reality, that there is a consistent problem with Islamic terrorists in much of the world.

I am not saying this because I love being called a bigot and an Islamophobe. I certainly am not saying it because I think that everyone who follows Islam is a terrorist or a bad person. Far from it. I know beyond doubt that most Muslim people are good and moral individuals.

However, we are confronted with a hard reality, and if we want to survive, we need to begin, as the Alcoholics Anonymous people say, to accept reality on reality’s terms. The root reason why the Western world is being held hostage to repeated terrorist attacks is the disastrous and flat-out suicidal immigration policies that it has practiced.

Our media and political leaders push immoral “moral” arguments on us stating that, as we all know, all Muslims are not terrorists. In fact, almost none of them are.

So, in this la-la-land of betrayal of their responsibility to the truth, and in the case of political leaders, to the welfare of those they govern, they use this fact to deny the reality that their immigration policies are importing terrorism, unrest and the destruction of the civil order into our societies.

I am not a European, so I will not speak to what I regard as the obscene neglect of their responsibility to the welfare of the nations that they govern that their leaders have practiced. I am American. So I will address our own government’s refusal to govern on behalf of the welfare of America.

To put it bluntly, we need to change our immigration policies. Our immigration policies should reflect the first responsibility of governance, which is to maintain the domestic tranquility. The American people have an absolute right to expect that those they elect will act in ways that do not undermine their safety in the name of some nefarious political correctness.

The edifice of political correctness has become a thought prison that denies reality and punishes those who refuse to accede to its delusions with social approbation, and oftentimes, legal discrimination. It is being used in a crude and heavy-handed manner to bully and badger people into bowing before the lie du jour.

I won’t get into the obvious lies of moral and social machination which are constantly being pushed on the people of this nation. I will not address the way that our public education system is being used to propagandize our children into twisted thinking that flies in the face of reality.

I will simply address the craziness of immigration policies which continue to bring people into this country from parts of the world which are known to produce organized terrorists. This is being done in the face of nightly news reports that this army of terrorists we call ISIS actively recruits Muslims from America and Europe, trains them and sends them back to us with the intent of wreaking havoc on our lives, property and domestic tranquility.

Our political correctness has become suicidal. Unfortunately, the people who make these policies are well-guarded. They will be the last to pay for their neglect of duty.

It is the ordinary American citizen, going about their ordinary life who will find themselves staring down the barrel of the gun, or standing next to the bomb-packing murderer. It is the ordinary American citizen, going about their ordinary life who will be sent to fight the War on Terror.

At the same time that we are importing terrorists under the guise of “tolerance,” we use “illegal” immigrants for political demagoguery. The Republican political party is very fond of railing at Mexicans during certain election cycles.

Up until Donald Trump’s candidacy, they concentrated this in the off-election years and did not do it during presidential election years. The reason is simple. Attacking Mexicans can be used in off-year elections to win races in a selective way without harming the party. But in a national campaign, the large numbers of American citizens of hispanic origin who are concentrated in states that pack a powerful electoral punch come into play.

In short, the Rs can win a lot of local and statewide elections by attacking “illegal” immigrants, i.e. Mexicans, in by-elections. But they stand to lose the presidency if they go at them in presidential years. So, every off election, the right wing media machine cranks up a “crisis on the border” which they blast out at the public for about six months and then drop when the election is over.

Donald Trump has upset this a bit by raising this issue in a presidential campaign. We’ll have to watch and see what effect that has in November 2016.

I mention this now for one reason. Mexicans did not fly planes into the Twin Towers. Mexicans did not kill anyone in Paris last week. Mexicans did not burn that school in Chechnya. They did not bomb mosques in the Middle East. Mexicans are not committing genocide against the Christian population of a whole region of the world.

Politicians openly try to incite us to hate Mexicans during every off-year election. At the same time, they use appeals to “tolerance”  and telling us not to “hate” to cajole us into a suicidal immigration policy in which they continue to import immigrants from a part of the world which is exporting terror on a mass scale around the globe.

We don’t have to hate Muslims or anyone else to know that this is insanity. Worse, it is a clear dereliction of duty on the part of elected officials of both parties. Let me say that again: The fault lies with both parties.

Both parties are putting this nation and its citizens at risk with their intransigent support of insane immigration policies. They excuse this to We the People with babble about tolerance and how all Muslims are not terrorists. But their true reason is that they are, as they always are, acting on behalf of corporate interests.

In the meantime, we appear to be in a forever war with the people of the Middle East. This war is being sold to us as necessary to “keep us safe.” It would keep us a lot safer, and save the lives of American soldiers, if we just changed our immigration policies.

But — and this is the reason, never doubt it —  there’s a lot of money to be made in war. Not, mind you, by the American people who must fight these wars. The same Congress that could not agree on defunding Planned Parenthood got it all together to shuck the retirement of our men and women in the military. The same Congress that can’t change immigration laws that are allowing terrorists to enter this country somehow managed to agree to raid social security monies.

Our sons and daughters who fight the wars created by our bad politicians’ neglect of their duty do not get rich for their suffering. And the people who get rich from the wars do not fight them. Their children go to elite schools where they are slotted to run the country.

I’m sure that I’m going to be called everything but a nice person for writing this post. I’ll say for the record that I do not advocate hate of anyone. Far from it. Hate separates us from God. It can send us to hell. Hate clouds the mind and makes the hater incapable of thinking straight. Hate is an emotional cancer that destroys its host.

I think we should pray for the people of the Middle East and treat Muslim Americans as our brothers and sisters in this fight against terrorism. But I do not think we should allow further immigration from that region so long as this evil of terrorism reigns there.

I also think that instead of demonizing Hispanics to win elections, we should begin seriously to deal with the problems that create and fuel the illegal immigration in the first place. The first step is to use fines and loss of government contracts and tax benefits to stop businesses from employing them. The second step is to close down the drug cartels.

I would like to have an American government that cared about the American people. I would be gratified to hear a debate in Congress about how our elected officials can help the American people, rather than rip them off. I don’t expect that so long as we keep electing corporatist puppet people.

But that is another discussion. I think I’ve called enough lightning down on my head with this post.

I hope that commenters can engage in civil and fruitful discussion of what I’ve said. I hope I make you think and decide to ask more of our elected officials. If I do that, being called a few names is well worth it.

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59 responses to “It’s Time to Discuss America’s Immigration Policy.”

  1. I won’t call you names. You are a nice person! I am sick to death of the polarization that makes it impossible to think straight and work together.

  2. “Importing Terrorism?” Come on, you of all people know we don’t have a shortage of terrorism perpetrated by our own against their fellow citizens.

    And regarding our immigration policies:

    First, as far as I know, we don’t have a blanket immigration policy that applies to all countries equally. The social-political state of the country in question is taken into consideration and factors into the scrutiny applied to the applicant.

    Second, you know who comprises the majority of the victims of ISIS? Muslims.
    Who, as you pointed out, are the people most actively involved in fighting ISIS? Muslims.
    Who makes up most of the refugees fleeing from ISIS? Muslims.

    What’s the whole point of having the ability to grant asylum if not to give it to the people who need it the most?

    Should we have a smarter immigration policy? By all means, but part of that strategy should not be to stick our head in the sand and turn a blind eye to humanitarian crises elsewhere.

  3. It’s estimated that 10% to 20% of the world muslims are sympathetic to the jihadists. 10% of 1 billion is 100 million. That’s still huge! I don’t want them in the country. Keep out! Why isn’t west culture focusing on Christian immigration?

  4. Good to see you writing. When I open the site and nothing’s new, it’s a trigger to pray, because I assume you, your mother, or someone else is sick. So God bless.

    Now, to the topic at hand. From what I can read, about 30% of Muslims interpret jihad as violent, murderous war. Some verses of the Qu’ran support that. Other verses support the idea that jihad is a spiritual struggle to submit to Allah. So yes, that’s about 70% of Muslims. The problem is that the 30% is 400 to 500 million people. So it’s not just a few jihadis, its a lot.

    How to deal with the refugees, then. My suggestion is an international resettlement camp, preferably in Turkey. Such a camp would provide decent housing, ample food, spiritual counsel by imams and Christian clergy, trauma counseling, education for children, language training, and so on. Let the Muslim world see us helping. In such a camp, refugees could formulate plans, be vetted for terrorist leanings, and sent out to communities ready to receive them.

    A Catholic woman living in Germany has related about how small groups of refugees are being integrated into villages and small cities. It can be done.

    Kindness is costly and risky. It doesn’t mean naivete, but it does mean trusting that we have a god who stands with us when we love our neighbors.

  5. We need to prioritize Syriac and Chaldean Orthodox and Eastern Rite. If we do not, these ethnicities will be extinct.

    Beyond that, I suggest we form assimilation communities led by theologians. A tribunal of Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant theologians should vet the personal theology of refugees for compatibility with western values. Those who pass the test, should be allowed to settle in cities. Those who do not have a choice- conversion or be granted a walled ghost town to resettle and improve.

    Is Oklahoma like Oregon? Has centralized capitalism and faster transportation created a plethora of ghost towns without citizens?

  6. Je ne suis pas Paris. I am sympathetic for the victims, especially since this is the second major terrorist attack this year.
    Islam has been at war with the west since 630 or thereabouts so this is nothing new. This is part of what some factions in Islam see as their duty and part of the establishment of the caliphate.
    Migration to European countries is part of the conquest. It is a societal, economic, religious system that competes internally and externally.
    I do not want to be dragged into this. The migrants who are in danger should have access to camps in Iraq and Syria and we may have to clear out that area with arms.
    Like it or not we will have to deal with this for generations. It took almost 800 years for the Spanish Reconquista. May take us that long to deal with it.

  7. Rebecca, You put a lot of issues in one post.
    I think there are a lot of issues in immigration, and big differences between the various migrant groups.
    We really need immigration reform and it isn’t all R or D or even all due to the Chamber of Commerce. You can’t even blame it all on Mexican corruption or narcotraficantes, although those are all to blame. We also have a huge problem with companies in Silicone Valley hiring cheap, imported labor from Asia, particularly Chinese and Indian, to replace American professionals and they are all Ds.
    Finally, State Department is incapable of running the visa system. They need to be out of that business.
    Btw, it was DOD that cut military COLA for pensions.

  8. Would that there could be a simple solution to all this, but that is totally impossible. In WWII this country put those of Japanese descent in camps after Pearl Harbor and those were people who had lived in this country for many generations. Do we now start to put those who are of Middle Eastern decent and Muslim, in camps just in case? I hope not. However it is also hard to realize that the young children of those seeking refuge in our country are the ones who suffer the most. I really have no answer to this situation.

    Glad you’re back, as I mentioned on another post. Know you do not stop posting unless you have to. Thinking of you, My Friend.

  9. It is truly day by day. The pain/grief is worse on some days than others. My mind knows he is gone, but my heart still expects/wants to see him when I wake up. Support of my children (who are also dealing) and friends does help, but in the end—-I still feel alone a lot as 1/2 of me is missing. Thank you for asking—-It is appreciated.

  10. To deal with the current situation you do not need to jump to conclusions. Although, the FDR solution might be most attractive to Hillary.
    There needs to be a refugee safe zone in Iraq and Syria. There is plenty of space and it would not take that much effort to clear it out.
    We do not need to destabilize either Turkey or Jordan. We don’t need to resettle a whole population.
    But, we have to believe what our enemies are telling us. ISIS is serious about killing us unless we kill them first.
    Please remember, the Tsarnaev brothers were refugees on welfare here. They killed people for the same reasons. If you don’t believe it, look it up.

  11. Ken, I read what she wrote and I don’t believe it. It may look fine now, but the Germans have not integrated the Turkish guest workers who’ve been there for 40+ years.

  12. We don’t need to give them extra help. See Maj Hassan, the Tsarnaev brothers, the Oregon with the knife, the shooter at several military recruiting stations over the years. Some lived here for a while or were even born here, but they don’t need any encouragement.

  13. It is the ordinary American citizen, going about their ordinary life who will find themselves staring down the barrel of the gun

    That’s probably true. But the hand on the other end of the gun is far more likely to belong to a fellow citizen than to an imported terrorist. In my city alone, there’ve been more than 300 murders by ones and twos. Meanwhile, across the U.S. in 2015 there have been 325 instances of mass shootings– defined as four or more people killed or wounded by gunfire in the same incident– none of which have not even a tenuous connection to Islamic terrorism.

    I’m sure our immigration policies could be smarter, and I agree that the costs of the “war on terror” have fallen dis-proportionally on some segments of the U.S… But as for as my chances of being murdered by a stranger trying to make a point, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I’m more worried about the native-born gunslinger than the people who are trying to get away from violence.

    (It must seem that I just come here to disagree with you, but if the sympathy of a debate opponent is acceptable, my sympathies to you and your family in this difficult situation.)

  14. First, I totally agree that ISIL is serious about killing as many folks as possible, of that I have no doubt. Technically speaking, the Tsarnaev brothers were children of parents who sought and were granted asylum here. The youngest brother became a US citizen. Yes, one was on welfare and his wife worked (I think). From what I read, 1.8 million refugees/asylum seekers have been admitted to this country from 1995 to 2013. So far, only the 2 men(in the 1.8 million) who committed the horrible Boston Marathon attack were self made terrorists —not belonging to a particular organized group. By no means am I making light of what they did—only saying that at least to this point,of the many asylum seekers and refugees, some from Muslim countries, they were the only ones that have attacked us in this country, their home. Those seeking refuge here certainly need to be checked out before being admitted, as it is obvious that not all are out to get us. Also, we have unfortunately had our own bombers, who have killed for their own reasons—Oklahoma City being one awful example.

  15. There are several sites, one being Snopes and another that says that the ISIS location in Mexico is false. Credibility of Judicial Watch is questionable and Fox even pulled away from that story after further investigation—and if Fox pulled back, I’d tend to be wary of the story. Fox will jump on sensational stories at the drop of a hat.

  16. The Republican party does not demonize Mexicans, hate Mexicans, rail against them or engage in any of the other calumnies you unfairly heap upon them.

    Nor does illegal immigrant require scare quotes. A person who enters this country illegally is an illegal immigrant. To deny that is to take part in the very denial of reality that you accuse others of engaging in.

    You make another mistake of exactly the same kind as you warn us about: that of assuming that every American or naturalized American who can trace their lineage back to Mexico is supportive of illegal immigration, and that politicians who try to address this issue on a national scale will automatically lose the “Hispanic vote.”

    There are many Americans, of all types and all political parties who recognize that illegal immigration is a serious problem that we’ve let fester for far too long, and not just because of the risk of importing terrorists. It is a huge disservice to those who follow the rule of law and immigrate legally, to engage in repeated amnesty programs. To do so unfairly tars all naturalized Americans that immigrated to this country illegally with the “illegal immigrant” brush.

    We need to control our borders, not just because terrorists can enter the country illegally, but all kinds of other undesirables, including hardened criminals on the run from justice in their own countries, revolutionaries, anti-American agitators and those who just generally want to change America into something different.

    If America has no definition, no concept of who she is or who she should be, then by all means, let everybody and anybody come here. If we do, however, have some concept of America as unique and special; an idea of what it is that we should believe in, what we should be as a people, then we should only let those who share that vision immigrate.

    Is that really so hard to understand? We welcome all who are of good will into our Church as visitors, but do we allow everybody and anybody, including those who are anti-Catholic, or who want to change the very dogma or fundamental teachings of the Church to join? Do we even allow those who disrupt the Mass or who denigrate our beliefs to remain on the premises?

    There is a reason that our communion is closed, not open to everybody from Satanists to pagans: you are welcome to our community if you share our beliefs and our values. If not, go in peace to some other assembly. It is the same with a country: if you share our American values and beliefs, and we can reasonably allow you to enter, then we should. If not, we should not.

    One of those values is “the rule of law.” Illegal immigration disrespects that value.

  17. “The Republican party does not demonize Mexicans.”

    Not true. You are ignoring clear reality. They do it in every off election.

    Reminder this? 2014:
    It was right wing carpet bombing on Mexicans. Then, as soon as the election was over, shazam! The Crisis on the Border went away.

    It happens in every off-year election. The reason? It can win local elections.

    There’s a ton of stuff out there, if you are willing to see it.

  18. A little known fact about the traffickers who charge large fees to transport Illegal immigrants, both decent people and those with criminal pasts, use all of their customers first to grow their own pocketbook and second to seek them out after settling them in the host country to harbor drug dealers or use their children to serve as prostitutes or for other criminal enterprises.
    Traffickers are like any gangster who needs to have secret information about a person’s weakness or secret to use and abuse them. Encouraging this trafficking with platitudes from political hacks of any party in the USA is criminal as well, and as they blather on about how kind and loving they want to appear, they are well aware of this. While the poor continue to suffer.
    some years ago
    The following was posted 4/14/15 by judicial watch:
    “During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.”
    Log to JW for the whole article.

  19. Our country derives primarily from European; that is, Christian cultures. Consequently the basic assumptions and foundational principles on which we rely for our common bond are fundamentally Western and Christian. For example, the art of reason developed in ancient Greece, the rule of law was the great gift of the Roman Empire, and our perspective on the intrinsic value and inherent rights of the human person comes from our Judeo-Christian heritage. Immigrants from Asia and Africa have also successfully assimilated into this cultural gumbo we rightly celebrate, so these values have universal appeal.

    When people come to this country to live, they engage in a sort of social contract: they gain the many liberties we cherish and in turn are expected to adopt these ideals as their own while adding the good things of their heritage. They are expected to strengthen those liberties and thus leave more liberty to succeeding generations, not less. Much of this is unstated or implied in many of our immigration policies, which are therefore woefully inadequate to address people wishing to immigrate to this country who not only do not wish to assimilate but are even hostile to our fundamental principles. All one has to do is consider the case of Dearborn, MI, where a large community of Muslims demonstrates emphatically that they do not assimilate, and citizenship can be made effectively secondary to religious affiliation.

    Consider just how much at odds Islam is with what we hold dear, by contrasting just a few phrases from the Declaration of Independence with Muslim teaching, (as I understand it, and I do not claim any particular expertise):

    Declaration: We hold these truths to be self-evident…

    Islam: All truth is contained in the Qur’an and nowhere else.

    Declaration: All men are created equal…

    Islam: Believers have rights; Infidels, only death, except for dhimmis.

    Declaration: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…

    Islam: Entirely conditional upon religious affiliation.

    Declaration: Government has power from consent of the governed.

    Islam: Theocracy with Muslim clerics the ultimate authority (see Iran).

    This may be technically unfair, as well as obviously oversimplified but unless and until Islam itself thoroughly and convincingly repudiates ISIS, beyond the dissimulation permitted by the Muslim principle of Taqiyya (which holds that Muslims have no duty of truth to non-Muslims), we should consider ISIS, for all practical purposes, as the authentic representation of Islam, with all that implies.

    Many of us know Muslims who are wonderful people, raising families and for the most part being as American as anyone else. But the question remains: Should Muslims gain majority political power in a given jurisdiction, would these people resist the replacement of liberty by Sharia or embrace it? Would they really be free to make such a choice, and remain Muslim? Is Dearborn a typical example of what to expect? If not, why not?

    During the immigration of large numbers of Catholics to these shores in the 19th and early 20th centuries, some anti-Catholic Protestants asked that question, and Catholics answered by being disproportionately represented in police agencies, fire departments, and the armed forces. I have a photograph of my father, his three brothers and their older sister from World War II. All five of them were in military uniform, and one of them, a navigator on a B-24 Liberator, did not come back. It was the Catholic Church that first developed the principles on which Protestants asked their questions, so it would be reasonable to expect that Catholics would be free and willing to follow them in their new manifestation, particularly separation of Church from State, which is very much the salient point vis-a-vis Islam.

    Consequently our immigration policies, as a matter of national self-preservation, must for the first time in history reflect the reality that Islam, absent some revolutionary reformation, is inimical to American liberty.

    Put another way, and refugees aside, why should we admit into this country persons who have no intent or interest in becoming part of American society?

  20. I know of a few instances of people trying to enter from ME countries with fake Mexican documents, personally. I can’t tell more, but I know it has happened.

  21. PS, the Tsarnaevs came to the US on tourist visas and sought asylum. Technically, they were asylum seekers, but they did bring their Chechen background and were radicalized, and committed an act of terror, related to Islam. You cannot call them home grown without stretching.
    Same with Hassan murdering his fellow soldiers while screaming, “Allahu Akhbar.” He was a radical Muslim.
    So was Mohammed Abdulazeez who killed 4 Marines at a recruiting center. There were 2 other recruiting centers where one person each was killed.

    Finally, as that article over on evangelical channel says, I don’t think it is good to depopulate Syria or Iraq. These people need safe havens. So, clean out an area of Syria and Iraq, protect them by air and let Turks, Jordanians and other Arabs protect them on the ground and do away with ISIS. They are a caliphate and they intend to take over the whole world but any means possible. We cannot let them.
    Oh, btw, in Dearborn, Mi, I understand that the residents intend to enforce Shari’a Law. We don’t need banlieues here.

  22. Oh less than a month. I hope your children are close by for comfort. Try to keep busy to take your mind off his passing. Perhaps if you set aside time each day for remembering, and try to get busy with things the rest of the day. God’s peace.

  23. Our 2 married children live in town, and are only 15-20 minutes away! They are a comfort, but of course they are dealing with his death also. Our 5 1/2 year old grandson is a wonderful reminder of life and how good it is. I do attempt to stay busy. As for setting aside a time to remember each day—right now it is almost full time remembering– but I guess that will lessen some with time. Appreciate your words, Manny.

  24. Glad they caught them! I am sure those evil folks are spreading like the plague and will start finding more entry points.

  25. It is complicated—-I see your points. I just hate to judge all those who follow Islam as folks who are out to get us. Did that make sense?

  26. I didn’t know if your kids lived nearby. Happy to hear that they are around. Didn’t know you had a grandson either. That’s great. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. The main reason we moved to our current location 4 years ago was due to the beginnings of my husband’s mental decline/dementia. Fortunate that both our children lived in the same city, so there wasn’t the decision of where to move. Both of our children encouraged the move so they could help me out with his care. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Means a lot.

  28. Anne, I just learned that Syrian refugees have been selling in Dallas/Fort Worth for at least 6 months. Read some of thsee articles and you’ll see why I’ve not that worried. Of course there could be a jihadi terrorist in the bunch, but another Timothy McVeigh could be living here already.

    Here’s a wrote by one guy:

    Hussein is learning English by taking classes two days a week. He’s searching for work and volunteers at a food pantry, helping others who have even less than he does.

    “Just like people helped me, I like to help them back,” Hussein told News 8. “At the same time when I’m there and I’m passing out food, I’m learning English. I’m interacting with people.”

  29. Those interned in WWII were American citizens, not refugees

    I’ve already posted my own idea, which will, with a couple of bucks, get me coffee at 7-11. The important point is that we can care for refugees, even migrants, and still be safe. Or as safe as we ever are.

  30. I’m sorry, I must have missed it: where, exactly, did Senator Cruz demand that the US carpet bomb Mexico, Mexicans, or demand any other kind of attack on Mexico or Mexicans?

    “There’s a ton of stuff out there, if you are willing to see it.”

    I’ve seen it. Both the hard left and the hard right wing Catholics do the same thing to Pope Francis: impute evil motives and tendentiously and deliberately misinterpret what he says.

    As a conservative who votes Republican, I laugh when hard right wingers call Pope Francis a communist, and I laugh equally hard when the hard left believes that, finally, they have a Pope who is willing to change dogma to suit their agenda.

    That someone does not agree with you on how best to handle a crisis does not mean that they are evil, have evil intent, or hate anybody.

    Acquire some charity, some humility, and a willingness to try to understand another person’s point of view, and listen to the clip you posted again. Then meditate a bit on the mortal sin of giving scandal.

  31. Islam doesn’t have a single authority even in the various sects. There is no pope, Catholic or Coptic, no Ecumenical Patriarch, no denominational presidents to speak in a voice that is widely heard. I suspect political leaders are the most effective. The president of Egypt let out with a barn burner denunciation, I think after the 21 were martyred in Libya. That is probably the most effective model for responding

  32. David, there is no reason to attack Muslim people in order to acknowledge that a certain region of the world is infested with violent terrorists who are exporting death and destruction. That is the reason why I advocate changing our immigration laws to limit or even end immigration from that region of the world until this threat ends. I view what I’m saying as an acknowledgement of a terrible reality, not a slam on any faith group.

  33. Also see: Oklahoma City Bombing, Charleston Church Shooting and Jerad and Amanda Miller.

    We could do this all day. Muslims do not have a monopoly on terrorism, especially in the US.

    Look, in the end, there may legitimate reasons for which we may ultimately decide to restrict or completely block immigration from certain regions; but one of those reasons cannot and should not be fear.

    If we allow fear to be the prime motivation behind our policies then we’ve already lost.

  34. Not all, not even a majority. The few who are do a great deal of damage, however, and due diligence is not contrary to our duty to welcome the stranger.

  35. I had forgotten you have a grandson. The babies are our hope. Since Mama died three years ago, three great grandchildren have come along. They are a comfort to us. Blessings!

  36. That’s fine, but doesn’t relieve us of our Christian duty to help them. Yesterday, I read this excellent proposal for helping the refugees while maintaining security at home and ensuring cultural integrity for the Syrians. Oh, and the proposal includes employment, which is, long-term, an essential element of social stability.

  37. TXKen, I know the Japanese interned in WWII were American citizens. I tend to agree that we can care for refugees and still be safe—-

  38. Fear, when it’s based on reality, is the best reason. It’s called self defense, which is always a moral option.

  39. I read that 6% of terrorist acts in the U.S. come from Muslims, who make up 2% of the population. Obviously, it’s meaningless to point to non-Muslims as if that meant something.

    But if you read my other comments, you’ll see that I don’t blame all Muslims and am generally receptive to refugees. How best to help refugees is aa legitimate and serious question Christians – and other persons of good will should be having.

  40. Thanks for the link, Ken. Good article. Regional safe zones would be better for everyone, especially the refugees than moving everyone far from their homeland. I’m concerned about destabilizing Jordan, too. They are a bright spot in the region.
    Found it interesting the perception that Europeans are not welcoming or friendly to European Muslims. That’s a classic misunderstanding of culture. I know Austrians who have had the same neighbors for 40 years and don’t know their first names.

  41. For many reasons, he will be the only grandchild. As I mentioned, he is pure joy and yes, represents hope for the future. I’m thankful that my husband was able to see and play, for a time, with our grandson, before his mind totally went. 3 great grandchildren—that is wonderful!