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Agreed - but how do we pick them out?

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: Why not end Muslim immigration to the U.S.?

Submitted by Pat (United States), Apr 18, 2007 at 13:14


They came to a country that is based on separation of church and state and some Muslims want the freedom to institute Sharia law. As with the Minneapolis cabdrivers, some refuse service to others based on their beliefs. Staring at someone will be illegal in Britain because it violates Muslim sensibilities. Although this isn't the case with all Muslims (some are secular in their outlook), how are you supposed to tell them apart?

Too many Muslims cannot separate their religious and civil lives. That in itself should be a reason to refuse access. Their way of life is fundamentally incompatible with American culture and with American law.

The overriding issue is one of trust. We welcomed them to our shores and they violated our trust. It's going to take a long time to build that back.

The only question is how do we go about it? Banning immigration from certain countries is easy, but what about Europe? How do you identify a Muslim, especially if he hasn't taken a Muslim name? Richard Reid comes to mind. Nothing would stop him from lying on his application.


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