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Speaking of Western responses to Islamism

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Submitted by traeh (United States), Feb 21, 2019 at 23:42

Speaking of responses to Islamism:

Without mentioning any specific religion or group, liberal democracies' immigration policies should be structured to strengthen liberal democratic institutions. Specifically, the chief characteristic of immigration policy should be that it institutes a moratorium on immigration from any nation that does not protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Obviously that would affect Islamic nations, but it would also put pressure on Europe to provide stronger protections for free speech, and it would pressure states like China to liberalize.

Since the proposed immigration policy would not mention any particular religion, it would not provoke huge First Amendment controversies. Yet such a policy would block Islamization in the West, and thus block what almost invariably accompanies Islamization, namely the erosion and eventual destruction of basic human rights. The immigration policy described could make exceptions for dissidents, oppressed minorities (if they respect freedom of religion and speech), and perhaps for scientists.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

"a moratorium on immigration from any nation that does not protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion": that means, basically, ruling out all refugees. Do you really intend that?

I have taken a step in this direction, urging that most refugees in a region (such as the Middle East) stay in that region. But there need to be exceptions, such as Middle Eastern Christians.

Reader comments (3) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
1Speaking of Western responses to Islamism [154 words]
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traehFeb 21, 2019 23:42247887
Kudos to traeh [92 words]PrashantFeb 24, 2019 23:57247887
Islamic doctrine is static and boring, People are interesting [187 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
DaveDec 31, 2018 10:09246891

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