27 January, 2017

Much ado about nothing?

I posted the following text on my Facebook page and it's generating a lot of comments. What do you think? Am I wrong in asserting that fears that we are being over-run by Muslim immigrants bent on destroying our culture and country are baseless?

One theme that's writ large today in our country is a fear of Muslim immigrants. Here's a quote that seems to capture that zeitgeist perfectly.

"Now, what do we find in all our large cities? Entire sections containing a population incapable of understanding our institutions, with no comprehension of our national ideals, and for the most part incapable of speaking the English language. Foreign language information service gives evidence that many southern Europeans resent as an unjust discrimination the quota laws and represent America as showing race hatred and unmindful of its mission to the world. The reverse is true. America’s first duty is to those already within her own shores."

May I point out that this is a quote from the early 20th century decrying the immigration of Irish refugees into America. Fear of immigrants with different values is common throughout our history. But it proved to be an unfounded fear back then just as it will be found to be baseless today.

1 comment:

  1. It was the same after the war when large numbers of Eastern Europeans flooded our cities. One became the Archbishop of Toronto. My son's school is mostly East Asians and it's wonderful. They both embrace and enrich our culture. I don't fear immigrants and society shouldn't either.


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