There is a metaphor that remains popular. That is the vision of the United States as a “melting pot.” I don’t remember exactly when I first heard of this idea. I just know I was in school, and hearing it got my back up. As I saw it, the melting pot is a metaphor for losing ones individuality, for giving up ones values for the security of belonging to an amorphous mass, the majority.
Why bring this up now? The subject came of in one of comments to DON’T YOU THINK THEY KNEW THAT?. scatterwisdom disliked Pamela Geller’s and her organization’s ‘Draw the Prophet’ Muhammad contest. Nevertheless, he considered it wise for our government to turn away Muslim immigrants.
I look at this incident as a foolish decision made to provoke violence in the USA. In your example of a wolf and lamb, the lamb wandered astray instead of intentionally walking up to the hungry wolf and daring the wolf to eat him. Muslims are devout followers of a religious belief to kill anyone who disagrees with their religious beliefs. That is contrary to our Constitutional beliefs in free speech. and laws not to kill.
We know that and if we want to provoke them to kill us, they will do just that. In my opinion, since we know Muslims do not believe in our laws and morals, it would be wise for our government to not grant citizenship to any Muslims because of their contrary religious beliefs .
Regards and goodwill blogging.
I agree with ‘s belief that we should keep people with beliefs hostile to our nation’s values out of the country. However, Keith DeHavelle argued forcefully for assimilation (here). Therefore, in the following comments and had an interesting little discussion.
Ironically, the term assimilation suggests the rest of us are suppose to absorb new immigrants into our nation’s “body.” So I don’t like that metaphor either. As I see it, the United States is suppose to be about God-given rights. Here are each allowed the right to find our own way to God, and we have an obligation to turn away or confine anyone who will not allow others to exercise their rights life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Unfortunately, as a nation, we have no idea what to do about our immigration laws, and we have the definition of the term “rights” so confused that when we talk about “rights” we are all talking about different things. So what do we do? What do we do about the Muslims, the Hispanics, the Asians, and so forth? Where is the place where the descendants of those who came from western Europe will still be allowed to take pride in the accomplishments of those who went before us?