Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dysfunctionality is Our Strength!

When did it become the conventional wisdom that nonWestern immigrants were good for the West? Or, to put it another way, when did anybody ever get the idea that incompatible immigrants were good for any country? Now, I'm not talking about bringing in foreign ideas or concepts, which is very often indeed a good thing. Potatoes were brought to Europe, and a lot of other places, without a single Amerindian immigrant being necessary for the process. No, I'm talking about people moving from one country to another with the intention of staying there. Clearly, the best kind of immigrants are the ones who want to assimilate and who are capable of assimilation.

Some people say that some Muslim immigrants to America do in fact assimilate. But how can that be the case if they remain Muslim? In the first place, America is not a Muslim country, so if you move here and remain muslim, you have failed to assimilate in that regard. More importantly, Islam is more than a religion in the Western sense — it's also a blueprint for running a society, which includes a governing system, and that governing system is not compatible with our Constitution or our whole concept of how a country should operate.

So, no, a Muslim immigrant, by definition, is not assimilated.

It's hard for a lot of people to understand this, because here in the West, we don't have any religions like that. There's nothing in Methodism or Catholicism that would lead an American immigrant to Pakistan or Nepal or Japan to want to destroy the governments there. Such an immigrant might want to do so for other reasons, but they're not intrinsic in his religion, if you see what I mean. The Pakistani government need not fear second-generation Mormon immigrants being "radicalized" in the local Mormon Church in Lahore and consequently blowing a bunch of people up. Americans can't get it through their heads that Islam is not just a framework for personal morals and salvation, like most brands of Christianity, but a total way of life, that prescribes, really, everything you do, including political things. And don't be fooled by the fact that there are factions within Islam that call for slightly different political systems, and conflict with one another. All forms of it, as far as I can tell, prescribe how a person should live in every respect.

Given all this, how can any Western country, or indeed, any non-Muslim country, even contemplate welcoming Muslim immigrants? It's pure madness. From the Unz Review [link], here's John Derbyshire on the subject:

Orlando, Paris, Yorkshire, and Donald Trump’s Unanswerable Questions About Immigration


  1. I am thinking Muslims are a Trojan horse. They come in small numbers and act like exemplary citizens in every way. Then the numbers grow and you have a decisive core for jihad, which then has already begun.

    1. I'm thinking you're right. Whether individual Muslims intend it that way or not, that would seem to be the inevitable result.

  2. First generation immigrants have made a decision to come to the USA and to some extent have rejected their old country

    The children of these immigrants have made no such decision, they are born here and if they find no connection to the US they often will reject the US and its laws and culture. They feel like an outsider even if born here.

    There is no magic dirt, your beliefs, religion, culture, etc drive your actions, not what was stamped on your birth certificate. That is why during earlier mass immigration periods that so much effort was made in turning people into Americans and rejecting whole groups that would not fit. Now the US lets anyone in and encourages them to keep their old identity

  3. The problem here is a false equivalence between Christinaity and Islam (something I largely blame Dawkinite/Hitchenite atheists for). These people spout of lines about all religions being the same and their liberal cousins pick up on this and agree, bending it to serve egalitarian goals. So, we think of Muslims as being like Christians (something meant to be both positive and negative). The problem, as you explained, is that they are not the same. Christianity focuses on the inward and expresses change on the outward while the opposite can be said of Islam.