Hillary or one of her supporters will explain to me why, although they hate the religious right, they think that things will go well by importing people who are ten times worse than the religious right. I’m referring, of course, to Muslims. As far as I can tell, Hillary along with all her supporters seem to have ideas about Muslims that are exactly opposite to reality. An Obama official, for example, declared when Muhammad Morsi took over Egypt that the Muslim Brotherhood was largely secular. Incredible. The idea seems to be that the Islamists are like the secularist Nasser (who, remember, had an important member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb, executed), or else they are Sufis or else like the Bahai’s. What I am seeing is the exact opposite, that they are (as I just said) ten times worse than the religious right we already have.
Answers I don’t consider acceptable:
1. “You are a racist.” No, I’m a secularist who is worried about importing people who are very anti-secularist and who like to use violence to get their way. Anyway, you people know perfectly well that Muslims do not constitute a race.
2. “We brought in lots of immigrants before, and things turned out fine.” The situation I am worried about wasn’t present back then. If you were a secularist a century or a century and a half ago, then bringing Catholics and Jews into a largely Protestant country wasn’t going to threaten secularism since secularism wasn’t the dominant culture anyway. Today, we are much more secularist, but we are importing violent anti-secularists. Moreover, it was perfectly acceptable back then to pressure immigrants to assimilate, but you have prevented us from doing that. Finally, let me point out that the pro-immigration policies have led to the rise of the far right, which was pretty much dead and buried when I was young. Way to go, leftists. Does the word “counter-productive” mean anything to you?
3. “There is no problem since Muslims will be grateful to us for allowing them in.” So far, they have not shown any gratitude. In fact, instead of assimilating into secular society, young Muslims are turning to the most extreme forms of Islam. (See here, especially the comment by the liberal Muslim woman that liberal Muslims were a dying breed.)
4. “Their anti-secularism (along with their sexism and homophobia) will fade over time.” Give me a reason why I should believe that. Anyway, as I just pointed out, the evidence right now is that they are becoming more anti-secular and not less so.
Until Hillary and her supporters can give me some plausible reason why letting in people whose values are so distant from my own, I just can’t see why I should vote for Hillary.