If you haven’t guessed by now I’ve taken a siesta from the usual topic of Philadelinquency: our urban issues.
Because frankly with the DNC in town who gives a shit about some Jersey slumlord who drives a Maserati and treats his tenants like shit? Nobody.
Since I am of the gay I have a distinctive position on the topic of Islam. Because a vast majority of people are stupid and clueless about this and I am not, I will make these points first before I start:
First: #NotAllMuslims (that’s someone who practices Islam), are terrible.
Second: Not all people who live in the Middle East are muslim. Stupid westernerns, especially ourselves (and Donald Trump) conflate being Middle Eastern with being muslim. While it’s no surprise most Arabs are muslims, some are not.
Third: There are secular muslims. They live more so in the West but a small minority in other countries as well. A secular person is someone who separates their faith from public life. A secular person is adamantly against theocracy, a religion that’s dictated by the state. Basically a secular muslim believes in the separation of church and state as much as you and I do. Separation of church and state becomes more evident when you have Christians who want open prayers (in English, to the white-people God) and muslims who want to see prayer rooms in public schools. Neither of these two things should be permitted. Send your kids to a religious school if they need to pray before they do their trig exam.
Turkey and Azerbaijan are the only two states with Islam as the dominant religion that I know of that try to maintain secularism. Turkey’s secularism is falling apart thanks to the fake coup it just had and President Erdoğan (pronounced ER-DOH-WON) has designs on the country to dismantle the protections in Turkish law that maintain its secular society. Azerbaijan is secular mostly as a function of its people not being very religious.
OK… did you get through all that? Good.
The majority of asylum-seeking muslims wanting to enter western countries in the EU and the United States are not of the secular order, they are of the mainstream religious faithful. This presents a problem: traditional Islamic belief and especially Islamic religious law openly persecutes homosexuals. That’s not compatible with western civilization… at. all.
Islamopologists like the U.S. based CAIR spreads lies that muslim people love the gays, which is far from the truth. Tolerance of homosexuals is very low in the Islamic world. In six muslim nations the punishment for identifying as a homosexual involves jail, torture and/or death. In 2012 secular Azerbaijan got into a heated dispute with its next-door neighbor Iran over Iranian fears that the Azerbaijani government would sanction a gay pride parade in the capital of Baku. Both countries recalled their ambassadors. Turkey has stopped its LGBT Pride festival in Istanbul. An attempt to hold one this year was met with water cannon on the orders of President Erdoğan.
And ISIS? Well, like it or not, ISIS claims it runs a nation-state that follows Islamic law by the actual book. And like all other fragments of Islamic following, it believes that it follows the only true and correct way to follow Islam.
It does not matter if other Islamic clerics and other non-ISIS muslims say “Daesh is not Islam”. That’s the same thing as Catholics calling out Mormons as whack-a-doos… who cares? Create a large enough following and for a long-enough time period and the denunciations mean less and less. Sunni Wahabbists are extremely homophobic and the school of Islamic teaching that Wahabbis follow think throwing gays off of rooftops and stoning them is awesome. Whabbism happens to be the mainstream dominant religious school that Saudi Arabia follows. ISIS ramps up Wahabbism to a purer form.
U.S. based muslims of the newly-arrived variety are not going to be tolerant of some western liberal beliefs and see no reason to adapt. Intolerance of homosexuals is at the very top of that list of objections that they have. It’s no secret.
The largest mass shooting in American history right now cannot be ignored. Groups like CAIR (Center for American-Islamic Relations) would prefer not to be questioned about it further because they can’t process the slaughtering of the LGBT community at the hands of someone who came to fantasize the violence of religious persecution–Islamic religious persecution. CAIR does not have any believable spin for that.
Keep in mind that there are many U.S. muslims, both secular and non–who abhor the Pulse nightclub shooting. Liberal muslims, those who have adopted to western culture norms and abhor violence against LGBT people I consider my allies. I saw many ethnic Albanians, Indonesians, Turkish-Americans who got out of their homes to go attend the memorials.
Likewise I can’t afford to ignore the loads of British muslims who had rather nasty fatalistic words to say. The “eye for an eye” responses that groups like CAIR don’t want you to read that dismiss incidents like Pulse because muslims are killed somewhere else on the planet.
Our Constitution doesn’t allow our laws to force tolerance on to any religion within our borders. We do however have complete control over our borders and we can limit the amount of immigration we receive from countries who have citizens that clearly demonstrate a low adaptability to our society.
If Turkey spirals out of control… should we accept loads of Turkish immigrants into the United States? Yes. The ones seeking asylum are likely going to be secular Turks. If the secular population of Turkey ever left the country Turkey would destabilize completely and be dragged into constant sectarian and inter-ethnic warfare, but c’est la vie. Azerbaijan or Indonesia? Again, yes. They’re all populations where their national societies have demonstrated adaptability to the west. Even Lebanon is a positive candidate for immigration, provided no Palestianian-Lebanese with prior ties to Hezbollah are among them. Same story for Jordanians.
But what about incompatible countries? My answer there is simple: no. Immigration shouldn’t be free and open and the barriers to entry should be sufficient to prevent our own way of life (and my life) from being threatened. Countries like Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Saudia.
What about home-grown terrorists?
Here’s where you remind me that we have Americans within our own borders that we’ve raised-up to be hateful people, like Omar Mateen, the Pulse nightclub terrorist. He was raised up with super-intolerant Afghan parents like his nutcase of a father who emigrated to the United States. He was raised here. He then radicalized himself and we couldn’t detect it. He held a job, holding a gun, guarding a Palm Beach County courthouse.
That’s the fun with religion and its intolerance–it’s not something that “contains”. Out of all the proposals that Congress has come up with–not a single proposed new law would have prevented the Pulse nightclub attack if it existed as a law beforehand. Not a single one, except this: we shouldn’t have ever let Omar Mateen’s dad enter the United States. But that’s water under the bridge.
The real problem here is that we as a society are not doing enough to breed tolerance within ourselves and the immigrants who come here. The last mass-immigration event we had in the United States was in 1976 when over 100,000 Vietnamese fled Vietnam and resettled in the United States, most of them establishing large communities in Texas and California. Little did Americans know that Vietnamese and American populations are fairly compatible with one another despite the stark difference in politics and extreme differences in culture.
Vietnamese immigration to the United States demonstrates that political differences factor little when it comes to whether or not a population will be successful at migration. The belief structure of immigrants and their motivation for migration is what really matters.
France, Belgium and Germany have all tried free and open borders to the world. All three, including us, are suffering domestic terror attacks.
It’s for that reason that I am not a fan of importing muslims who are not secular or don’t already hold a liberal belief structure or do not come from a liberalized society. They should not be qualified to emigrate to the United States until they can personally liberate their own beliefs or, as what may happen in Turkey in the future, need to flee a country that was tolerant and liberal and has allowed religious schizophrenia to retard its citizens.
That is not a lot to ask. No one is a racist for holding that opinion.
Anyone telling you that having this opinion is a racist is only too happy to see gay people like me, like those in Orlando, being slaughtered. They are among the far-left stupids who have helped turn the EU in a basket case and created the backlash-popularism that fueled Brexit.
The left was very supportive of us queer people when we came toe-to-toe with mainstream evangelicals and the Catholic Church. The left has abandoned us when it comes to the much-less tolerant and very mainstream homophobia found within Islam.
I’m more than tolerant and forgiving of my muslim brothers and sisters out there–who can understand that homophobia is a big problem and that LGBT people have a right to exist on this planet. I don’t have any right to tell muslims what they should and shouldn’t believe.
I am not required to tolerate intolerance like stupids of the far-left demands of you–who calls you a racist if you don’t, and neither should you.Tags: CAIR | Center for American Islamic Relations | Pulse Nightclub Massacre | #NotAllMuslims