The squalid spectacle of “Israel has hypnotized the world” Ilham Omar in the U.S. Congress should settle one question forever. Is it bigoted, irrational, or hateful to take immigration seriously?
That’s what the NeverTrumpers over at The Bulwark still claim. It’s the subtext of the sniping that Establishment Republicans still aim at Trump and his supporters.
To arrive at our answer, let’s address a few factual queries:
Q: Why is a bigoted Sunni Muslim with the narrow worldview of a Somali tribesman, who scapegoats the Jews for the chaos in her home country, serving in the U.S. Congress?
A: Because she represents a whole constituency of people who think just like her, who now live in Minnesota.
That raises another question:
Q: Why is there such a congressional district in Minnesota, which (last time I checked) does not border Somalia?
A: Because the Obama administration recruited and imported thousands of immigrants from Somalia. It spent millions of dollars to find such people, fly them over a half dozen safe, Sunni Muslim countries, and bring them to America.
So the next question:
Q: Why did the U.S. government do that? Aren’t refugees supposed to go to the “first safe country” near their homes? So they either return when it’s safe, or assimilate more easily?
A: The Obama administration was pursuing the goal of Diversity. It was aiding in the “fundamental transformation” Obama promised of America. By breaking up communities that lacked this vital value. That is, Diversity. Minnesota and Maine didn’t have enough anti-Semitic Muslims, apparently. So the federal government stepped in to fix that. Meanwhile, Iraqi Christians, who actually had been displaced to the tune of a million people by our invasion of Iraq? They weren’t “diverse” enough, so Obama admitted virtually none of them. They still mostly languish in camps.
Divide and Squander
The Obama administration imitated the strategy of leftist governments in Europe. They too, imported distant Muslims to their countries, precisely in order to disrupt and divide the populace. And to liquidate what traces of a common Christian culture the nation might have.
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The plan is clear. It applies wherever leftist globalists wield power. Use arguments of “compassion” as needed to get the Muslims across the border and safely resettled. Then use their presence in Italian schools to demand that the classrooms take down their crucifixes. Use their presence in Britain to suppress criticism of Islam as a potential “breach of the peace.”
Weaponize them as reliable voters for the radical left. Never mind how they differ on issues of sexual politics. What matters is liquidating the old, common Christian culture. The trans activists, the gay libertines, and the Islamists will settle their differences later. For now they’re united by a common goal, as the U.S. and the Soviets were up through 1945.
Making the First Amendment Unenforceable
The thing is, it’s actually un-American for us to try to silence Muslims, however radical, once they’re here. They deserve religious liberty, under the First Amendment. But that Amendment wasn’t written with them in mind. It didn’t envision millions of people whose creed demands intolerance. Whose native cultures often include polygamy, female genital mutilation, and honor killing. Whose politics in many countries include, as a matter of course, a paranoid anti-Semitism — to the point that Hitler is still a folk hero to some.
The more such people we have in our borders who espouse such views, the harder it is for us to practice the religious liberty our Founders left us. Which is a very good prudential reason to keep the number of Muslim immigrants with Islamist views manageably small. No one has any presumptive legal or moral right to enter America, and the First Amendment doesn’t apply to foreign residents or potential immigrants. We may pick them as we choose.
The Left knows that. It doesn’t favor real religious freedom, anyway. Insofar as the left views religion as fundamentally dangerous, bringing in people whose religious and cultural background actually threatens America only helps make its case. Religion (especially Christianity) needs to be contained by powerful legal restrictions.