Forget Trump — What Really Should Be Done about Muslim Immigration
As half the world knows by now, Donald Trump has gone "Full Monty" on Muslim immigration, calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
That's our Donald -- never a master of understatement! (But he certainly knows how to make monkeys out of the media -- kudos for that.)
Like most commentators, however, I don't agree with him -- I support the Constitution and its freedoms -- but to deny we have a gigantic Muslim problem in this country and in the world is to be a troglodyte of epic proportions. Something has to be done, domestically and internationally, even if it's not Donald's "Full Monty."
But since this is about immigration, let's deal with the domestic side for a moment.
The source of the conundrum is not just Syrian refugees; it's the entire Middle East. Almost all people visiting or immigrating from the area are potential jihadists, not to mention other Muslims across the world from Western Europe to Indonesia. This isn't racial profiling -- it's reality. The husband and wife fanatics who wreaked havoc in San Bernardino did time in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, both of which masquerade as allies. Despite what might seem like red flags in their backgrounds, the couple passed blithely into this country without incident.
The wife, apparently, even gave a place of birth in Pakistan that is non-existent. Was there actually any real vetting? Our border people all should spend some time in Israel, learning how you do these things. Obviously, they don't know. In this sense, Trump is entirely correct. At present, our border security is nearly worthless.
The FBI isn't a whole lot better. They're now claiming the couple was "radicalized." What does that mean? Not much. In fact, it's meaningless. The wife at least came from a culture where the process of Islamic anti-Western indoctrination begins essentially at birth. If you think that is an exaggeration, spend ten minutes at MEMRI.org. If Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook were "radicalized," then literally hundreds of millions have been.
How many such people have infiltrated our country? The indisputable answer is that nobody knows.
So what is to be done?
Assuming we don't want to follow Trump's lead and violate the principles of our nation, how do we separate the wholesome wheat from the mass-murdering chaff?
Marco Rubio and others have suggested taking the brakes off our intelligence services. Given the inadequate vetting, I don't think we have a choice. But there as several other things.
Most of all, we must outlaw Sharia. Sharia law, with its institutionalized doctrinal misogyny and homophobia as well as its primacy of mosque over state (not to mention cruel and unusual punishments for adultery, etc.), is completely inconsistent with our Constitution and the values of our country and Western civilization. Further, adherence to Sharia encourages the lack of assimilation, the self-ghettoization, endemic to much of our Muslim population. This resistance to assimilation creates insular communities that form the equivalent of petri dishes for jihadist terror. This must be ended if Muslims are to stay here as participating members of our society.
When immigrants arrive, they must be made aware of all this explicitly and at length and pledge in writing not to observe Sharia, if they wish to remain in America. This should be accompanied by a warning that those who continue to follow Sharia will be summarily expelled from the U.S. Yes, a number will lie, but once a few have been sent home, the message will get across.
Further, any mosques that preach the primacy of Sharia should be closed down as in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
As a precedent, the Communist Party was made illegal in the United States because it advocated the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. Sharia-based Islam is at least as bad and arguably worse in its calls for world domination through jihad.
Those Muslims who follow the laws of our country should be free to stay here and welcomed into our communities, not into Islamic ghettoes like Hamtramck. Unfortunately, only a small number of Muslims so far have shown themselves to be true "moderates" able to stand up overtly to the jihadists. Perhaps some stringent legislation could encourage more to come out. At the very least, if we are truly strict with our vetting process, we can all feel more comfortable with those that are here -- and they with us.