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Farah’s Bigoted Immigration Plan

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.

Comments

  1. wellscitiboa says

    “an engraved invitation ”

    So what’s that on the Statue of Liberty? Now our national monuments have disclaimers of “not intented to be a factual engraving”??

  2. Chiroptera says

    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.

    And remember, taqiyya is lying about one’s beliefs because of threat of physical harm, not just to be able to slip through some country’s immigration process.

  3. eric says

    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…

    Is that the disaster of longer lifespans or the disaster of lower crime?

  4. Aquaria says

    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.

    Indonesia and Turkey come to mind. Lebanon would be another Muslim majority nation that qualified, but I don’t know what’s going to happen with this latest collapse.

  5. d cwilson says

    America’s No. 1 national objective should be to ensure that we as a nation remain committed to the Constitution.

    Except of course, the First Amendment’s guarantee of Freedom of Religion for all or the passage barring religious tests for public office.

  6. cptdoom says

    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…

    So he’s admitting the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars were failures?

  7. doktorzoom says

    Oh, for the good old days, when all we had to worry about were the filthy Irish and their Papist treason…

  8. duck1887 says

    About that “Judeo-Christian” worldview:

    When I taught a “Plato to NATO” class for college sophomores, they got real mad at me when I put on an exam, for them to identify, a quotation from the Qur’an (about the story of Moses and Aaron, which they (supposedly) had read and was thus fair game) – which many of them identified as the book of Exodus (also on the assigned readings). It’s possible – though I suppose not likely (especially since such a mistake really doesn’t mean that much) – that someone might be *slightly* less prone to seeing the Bible as infallibly great and the Qur’an as demonic delusion if they had once failed to tell them apart when challenged to do so.

  9. says

    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.

    So it’s time to deport Joseph Farah. Got it.

  10. Pen says

    This lurking anti-Europeanism is hilarious. Of course, lots of Americans are too poor or overworked to travel to Europe, so they don’t get to find out what a disaster it is to be able to cope with 2% to 4% or the population embracing Islam. I suppose his real problem is that only slightly more of us are practicing Christians?

  11. Nentuaby says

    Hmmm. I was going to call out that “covenant” dog-whistle in the first segment, but I guess that’s kind of unimportant when he plum breaks out the trumpets later in the essay.

  12. Moggie says

    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.

    A modest proposal, based on which group appears to pose the greatest threat to the constitution nowadays: ask prospective immigrants a serious of political questions, and reject those whose answers indicate that they’re conservative.

  13. iangould says

    Fifty years from now Farah’s spiritual descendants will likely be fulminating about how those damn Hindus don’t fit in with America’s Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition.

  14. laurentweppe says

    First of all, there is no such thing as a “Judeo-Christian worldview.” That is an absolutely meaningless phrase

    It’s most definitely not a meaningless phrase: “Judeo-Christian worldview” is the coded phrase for “Upper-class White Dudes and their Renfields should remain the dominant breed until the end of time“.
    In fact, you don’t know how lucky you are: on the other side of the Atlantic, it’s “Secularist” which is more and more often used by biggots as a coded word for “White”, so instead of white-bourgeois supremacism masquerading as religious devotion, what we get increasingly often is white-bourgeois supremacism masquerading as secular commitment.

  15. mattwirth says

    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.

    Precisely! Look at our history:

    Women had to fight political warfare for decades (centuries?) to gain equal access to and opportunity in America piece by miniscule piece. And they’re still not quite there yet.

    African americans got admitted[1] to the United States as equals through long travels on cramped and diseased slave ships, followed by generations of hard labor (read: slavery), a physical war, segregation, and finally political warfare. And they’re still not quite there yet.

    The (latter) European founders gained entry to the Americas by invasion, germ warfare, treat-making, treaty-breaking, and forcing the natives onto ever smaller reservations. Furthermore, they didn’t come over on fancy planes and ocean liners. No, they started coming across on rickety[2] old boats from the late middle ages, fighting the sea, the land, the natives, and each other to stake a claim to the New World.

    The earlier European founders (read: Vikings) got here by island-hopping on boats from the time when Beowulf was new. When they got to Vinland, they had to fight off the Skrælings to stake their claim[3]. And the Vikings eventually decided that Greenland, almost all of which was covered in ice, was a more hospitable environment, leaving the Americas to…

    The natives[4], who got here by walking across the bottom of the Pacific/Arctic ocean(s), and then down through Canada when most of it was covered in glaciers. For food, they hunted very large game with stone age weapons. And they did all this during the coldest part of the last ice age.

    Farah’s quite right: Flouting the rules just isn’t enough. If they, and those other middle-easterners, want in then they’ll have to fight their way in, just like everyone else.

    Say, “Farah”, isn’t that arabic?

    —-
    [1] Forcibly.
    [2] Relatively speaking.
    [3] I may be exaggerating here.
    [4] Who, as we see, aren’t.

  16. interrobang says

    If there is any religion in the world that can be legitimately described as “Judeo-Christian,” it’s Islam. Many of Islam’s tenets are a syncretism of Jewish and Christian beliefs of the time, and the Qu’ran specifically mentions Jesus as being among the divine if lesser prophets, a whole bunch of times, in fact. Which means anybody saying that Islam doesn’t share anything in common with Judaism and Christianity is ignorant, an idiot, or some combination of the two.

  17. laurentweppe says

    Which means anybody saying that Islam doesn’t share anything in common with Judaism and Christianity is ignorant, an idiot, or some combination of the two.

    Nope: most people claiming that Islam doesn’t share anything in common with Judaism and Christianity are liars gambling on the human tendency to assume that idiocy is more likely than malevolence among their species and therefore will not be treated like the genocidal bastard they are until it is too late. As long as you assume that islamophobes’ really believe their own bullshit, you’ll remain the sucker

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