Why Did Obama Import a Somali Muslim Congressional District for Ilhan Omar to Represent?
So the Democrats couldn’t bring themselves to pass a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism. Until, that is, they’d diluted the resolution by including almost every other kind of prejudice, including the made-up, politicized crime of “Islamophobia.” It had just a few exceptions. White people, males, and Christians are not included among the groups that Congress forbids you to hate.
That exclusion is telling. It tells you that the ideology reigning today has no interest in fairness. Or even in fighting hate. It wants to direct that hate toward acceptable targets. Toward “out-groups” that once were “in-groups,” which are now legitimate scapegoats. This is precisely the worldview which philosopher Rene Girard described as Victimism. He also said that it was the ideology of Antichrist.
The Philosophy of the Guillotine, the Gulag, and Kristallnacht
That’s because Victimism is a profound perversion of Judeo-Christian compassion. It doesn’t defend scapegoated individuals from bias. Instead, it simply switches the criteria for persecuting people by groups. That happened first with the Jacobins. They declared that because some of them were exploiters, aristocrats as a group deserved the guillotine. Then any foreigner unlucky enough to still be in Paris. And then Christian peasants who didn’t want to be drafted to fight the Revolution’s wars.
The Bolsheviks likewise declared open season on anyone at all from the middle class, or independent farmers. The Nazis claimed that Jewish “privilege” had gotten out of control. So it was only right for Germans to persecute them and “aryanize” (loot) their property. And now, in the West, it’s the turn of whites and Christians.
For Now, Jews Are Off the Menu
Instead of denouncing the anti-Semitic views of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the Democrats grudgingly admitted Jews to their list of those exempt from legitimate hatred. For now. Till the left has even more power, thanks to more Third World immigrants. Then the Democrats can become as openly anti-Semitic as Britain’s Labor Party. But for now, wink-wink, the Jews are off the menu. Let’s stick to the Christians.
That the Democrats mean “open season” on Christians is clear from another piece of legislation. The Do No Harm Act, sponsored by Sen. Kamala “Lock Up Pro-Life Journalists” Harris, I mean. As The National Pulse explained, this new bill is meant to repeal religious exemptions from federal laws that impinge on the “free exercise of religion.” (For instance, the freedom of Christian schools not to hire openly gay or flagrantly transgender teachers.)
Instead, the bill would narrow the First Amendment’s protections for believers to “freedom of worship.” That is, to an hour or so every Sunday. And carefully contained within the confines of your church. As The Pulse points out, even Communist China and Islamist Turkey offer Christians such “freedom of worship.” And nothing else. No right to evangelize, teach, organize, or otherwise live the Christian faith — as Jesus ordered us to. It’s the new formula for persecutors, and Harris knows that. So do the rest of the Democrats. They heard our objections to “freedom of worship” back when Hillary Clinton proposed it, borrowing the language from Islamists.
The squalid spectacle of “Israel has hypnotized the world” Ilham Omar in the U.S. Congress should settle one question forever. Is it bigoted, irrational, or hateful to take immigration seriously?
That’s what the NeverTrumpers over at The Bulwark still claim. It’s the subtext of the sniping that Establishment Republicans still aim at Trump and his supporters.
To arrive at our answer, let’s address a few factual queries:
Q: Why is a bigoted Sunni Muslim with the narrow worldview of a Somali tribesman, who scapegoats the Jews for the chaos in her home country, serving in the U.S. Congress?
A: Because she represents a whole constituency of people who think just like her, who now live in Minnesota.
That raises another question:
Q: Why is there such a congressional district in Minnesota, which (last time I checked) does not border Somalia?
A: Because the Obama administration recruited and imported thousands of immigrants from Somalia. It spent millions of dollars to find such people, fly them over a half dozen safe, Sunni Muslim countries, and bring them to America.
So the next question:
Q: Why did the U.S. government do that? Aren’t refugees supposed to go to the “first safe country” near their homes? So they either return when it’s safe, or assimilate more easily?
A: The Obama administration was pursuing the goal of Diversity. It was aiding in the “fundamental transformation” Obama promised of America. By breaking up communities that lacked this vital value. That is, Diversity. Minnesota and Maine didn’t have enough anti-Semitic Muslims, apparently. So the federal government stepped in to fix that. Meanwhile, Iraqi Christians, who actually had been displaced to the tune of a million people by our invasion of Iraq? They weren’t “diverse” enough, so Obama admitted virtually none of them. They still mostly languish in camps.
Divide and Squander
The Obama administration imitated the strategy of leftist governments in Europe. They too, imported distant Muslims to their countries, precisely in order to disrupt and divide the populace. And to liquidate what traces of a common Christian culture the nation might have.
The plan is clear. It applies wherever leftist globalists wield power. Use arguments of “compassion” as needed to get the Muslims across the border and safely resettled. Then use their presence in Italian schools to demand that the classrooms take down their crucifixes. Use their presence in Britain to suppress criticism of Islam as a potential “breach of the peace.”
Weaponize them as reliable voters for the radical left. Never mind how they differ on issues of sexual politics. What matters is liquidating the old, common Christian culture. The trans activists, the gay libertines, and the Islamists will settle their differences later. For now they’re united by a common goal, as the U.S. and the Soviets were up through 1945.
Making the First Amendment Unenforceable
The thing is, it’s actually un-American for us to try to silence Muslims, however radical, once they’re here. They deserve religious liberty, under the First Amendment. But that Amendment wasn’t written with them in mind. It didn’t envision millions of people whose creed demands intolerance. Whose native cultures often include polygamy, female genital mutilation, and honor killing. Whose politics in many countries include, as a matter of course, a paranoid anti-Semitism — to the point that Hitler is still a folk hero to some.
The more such people we have in our borders who espouse such views, the harder it is for us to practice the religious liberty our Founders left us. Which is a very good prudential reason to keep the number of Muslim immigrants with Islamist views manageably small. No one has any presumptive legal or moral right to enter America, and the First Amendment doesn’t apply to foreign residents or potential immigrants. We may pick them as we choose.
The Left knows that. It doesn’t favor real religious freedom, anyway. Insofar as the left views religion as fundamentally dangerous, bringing in people whose religious and cultural background actually threatens America only helps make its case. Religion (especially Christianity) needs to be contained by powerful legal restrictions.
Or as I put things more pithily on Twitter:
#Ilhamomar teaches us a simple lesson. If you don’t like the views of a foreign tribe, don’t import thousands of them into your country. She doesn’t belong here, and neither do the people who voted for her.
— John Zmirak (@JZmirak) March 7, 2019
Omar Is Stronger Today
See how it works? Christianity isn’t really a danger to sexual minorities, but leftists want to treat it as such. So they flood the country with religious people who actually pose a threat. Then they use that to crack down on religion — but especially Christianity. The Muslims mostly get a pass thanks to white guilt, and anyway they soon form cohesive and aggressive communities that no politician wants to cross. Note how the whole Democratic party is afraid to forthrightly condemn the hateful craziness of Congresswoman Omar. In fact, her position just got stronger, and Phil Klein of The Washington Examiner points out:
What’s striking is that Omar improved her position with Democrats by being *more unapologetically anti-Semitic.* Just a few weeks ago, Pelosi condemned her. Now, following additional anti-Semitic statements, Pelosi is making excuses for her. https://t.co/i6BEFAbezQ
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) March 7, 2019
The left will go on making such excuses for Muslims. They’ll focus instead on targets too timid to fight back, whom they hate far more anyway, namely Christians. If that means that Jews, too, get terrorized (as they are now in cities all across Europe)? Well, if you want to break some eggs, you need to claim to be making an omelet.
John Zmirak is co-author, with Al Perrotta, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration.