In spite of what progressives claim, Islam poses a real and currently growing danger to Western/American society. Those Muslims who want to adopt our values should be welcomed. The problem is our current vetting system has proven itself woefully inadequate in identifying which Muslims endorse or tolerate anti-American behavior and which Muslims do not. Until and unless we figure out how to do so, a Muslim ban is common sense.
Sadly, the left here and in Western Europe is noticeably lacking in common sense. The communists once bragged, “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Muslims can say the same about liberal policies. Progressives refuse to recognize the truth about Islam. First and foremost, Islam is not a religion of peace. Those who maintain Islam is a religion of peace have not studied the history of Islam and what Mohammed and his successors did. They conquered others.
Progressives should ask themselves if there was such a thing as a “good” Nazi. To the extent that some Nazis wouldn’t personally kill Jews or untermenschen, then, yes, there were good Nazis. The problem is that these “good” Nazis did nothing to interfere with those Nazis who did kill Jews and others. They either supported the actions of the “bad” Nazis or were afraid to speak out against them. Likewise, many Muslims who wouldn’t personally cut off the head of an infidel behave in the same way for the same reasons. Muslims who want to assimilate must renounce key elements of their religion, and that is not an easy thing to do.
We have seen the proliferation of Muslim enclaves in Western Europe, whole neighborhoods of Muslims who have neither integrated into those countries’ societies nor embraced Western values. In a 2015 column, Yes, There ARE ‘no-go’ Zones in Europe, Art Moore adeptly refuted progressive claims that such areas are a myth. These enclaves exist as countries within countries. Police are reluctant to enter and those living in these districts are self-governing and follow Sharia law rather than the laws of the countries where they live. And they are breeding grounds for terrorists.
Sharia Law is contrary to Western/America values. Islam does not tolerate freedom of religion or freedom of speech. Under Sharia law, criticizing Allah or Muhammad, or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death. Women under Sharia are second-class citizens. A man, for instance, is permitted to beat his wife for insubordination. Women are treated as inferiors under the law in ways that should repulse progressives if they knew or acknowledged reality. Homosexuals fare just as poorly. All this makes it very difficult for fundamental Muslims to integrate into Western/American society.
It is also absolutely true that Muslims are rewarded for waging jihad against infidels. Basically, just about everything that ISIS is doing in their conquered territories – the slavery, rape, murder, and theft of property of those under their control – is what Mohammed himself did and is explicitly permitted in the Quran. Muslim martyrs are promised they will go to paradise where they will spend eternity in luxury with numerous male fantasy bonuses such as 72 virgins nightly. This makes young Muslim men who have not renounced Sharia potentially dangerous to us all.
Progressives can claim all they want that our vetting process is just fine and that all the Muslims living here are good Americans, but that doesn’t jive with the facts. In 2015 the Center for Security Policy released a shocking poll that indicated that 51% of American Muslims think they should have the right to follow Sharia law. Even worse, 25% of those polled believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam…” Any sane, logical person should recognize that this means our current vetting process isn’t working. Therefore, a ban on any Muslim from any nation should be put into effect until, to quote candidate Donald Trump, “…we, can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Of course the left would immediately scream that this is a violation of the First Amendment. Well, tough. If the Aztecs were still around and sacrificing people to Huitzilopochtli it’s pretty certain they would be required to stop doing that if they want to become citizens of our country. Likewise, Muslims wanting to live here should be required to renounce Sharia and the idea of Jihad.
We need to go further. Since the Quran allows, even encourages, Muslims to lie to non-believers if it benefits the cause of Islam, even extreme vetting isn’t enough to keep us safe. Therefore the actions of Muslims living here should also be monitored, even if that necessitates surveilling mosques and influential members of Muslim communities. As distasteful as that may sound, we did much the same thing to break up the power of the Mafia. The FBI wasn’t tapping the phones of Norwegians. After witnessing the behavior of ISIS does anyone doubt that jihadists are a greater menace than organized crime?
A Muslim ban does not have to be permanent, nor does government surveillance of Muslims. But until we see the true assimilation of the Muslim community, who we let into our country should be extremely vetted, and what they do here needs to be monitored. We see the alternative developing in Western Europe.
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