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“A Word on Immigration, or, Illegal Immigration, and a Word on Islam or Islamophobia,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

“A Word on Immigration, or, Illegal Immigration, and a Word on Islam or Islamophobia,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

I would like to address a few thoughts on the matter of the criticism of the President on his alleged immigration policy. The article I speak of was in The Published Reporter of July 13, 2019, and was entitled “Cities Join Worldwide Vigils to Spotlight Trump Immigration Policies.” The article reported that people in more than 600 cities across five continents are holding vigils to protest the Trump immigration policies and to call for an end to migrant detention. These rallies, the article reports, are a response to reports of inhumane conditions and family separations.

Let me first state that as a Christian I have every concern for all persons as created in the image of God and loved and saved by Christ who died for all humanity. Of course, I have concern for any suffering of anyone including all migrants. The article, however, somewhat misses the truth of the issue and in fact is misleading. The President has no ‘policy against immigrants,’ but simply is correctly detaining migrants who are illegally here and in violation of our laws and system. Families may be separated since young children with illegal status cannot be detained in adult holding facilities, and, in addition, these so-called families may not be families at all but pawns brought over the border illegally as children of adults who may not be related to the adults illegally here in the first place. In sum, the President, in detaining migrants illegally here, is rightly enforcing the law. If these migrants wish to come to our country, there are legal routes and mechanisms readily available as they always have been for the past 150 years. The President has no “anti-immigrant immigration policy” here but merely seeks to detain and possibly deport those who seek entrance and residence in our society by illegal manipulation. This article insofar as it has an approach to this issue lacks honesty and fails to state that the issue is not immigration but illegal immigration and the violation of law. Our country is built on the rule of law and adherence to and obedience to the law, not allowing wholesale illegal actions and law violations by those who seek to fool us to think they have the right to do this and to be here at all.

Now I would to talk about so-called Islamophobia. Let me first make clear that I have every love and concern as a Christian for my Muslim brothers and sisters for whom Jesus died, along with the rest of humanity, to save and bring to the joy of heaven and eternal life. I certainly entertain no hate or hostility to the Muslim community. Rep. Rashida Tlaib has condemned those who have criticized members of her community as Islamophobic. The congresswoman misses the point. A phobia is an irrational and emotional response and this is not the case. Tlaib ignores the worldwide acts of terrorism emanating from a minority of the Muslim/political/cultural societies in certain Muslim countries. These have been ongoing. The Coptic church in Egypt has been under constant attack by fundamentalist Muslims; the same is true of Christian communities in Nigeria and the Sudan; there have been numerous attacks in the U.S. and Europe and Russia. Christian communities in the Middle East have been under similar attack from the forces of radical Islam. Given this history, albeit by a cultural radical minority, “Islamophobia” is not the correct term since the concern over the forces of radical Islam are to some extent reasonable.

I again add that the overwhelming majority of all Muslims are hardworking and law-abiding. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at a few passages of the Koran that could raise reasonable concern and that might give rise to a degree of worry, rational but not phobic. Koran 4:9 says to kill those who turn back from Islam. The Sahih al-Bukhari 52:260 says to kill a Muslim who discards his religion. The Sahih al-Bukhari 84:57 says the same. The following verses of the Koran support the death sentence for apostates: 2:217; 9:73-74; 88:21; 5:54; and 9:66. Let us take a look at Koran verses concerning a woman and her worth. Koran 4:11 says the male shall have the equal portion of two females. Koran 2:228 says that the men are a degree above women. Koran 5:6 says men are to rub dirt or water on their hands to purify themselves following casual contact with a women such as shaking hands.

Finally, let us take a look at some verses of the Koran that recommend violence against infidels. Koran 3:56 states that as to those who reject faith they will be punished. In Koran 3:151 it states we shall cast terror into the hearts of unbelievers. There many other similar passages concerning violent treatment of unbelievers including 4:101; 5:33; and 8:12.

I do not say that even a thin minority of Muslims either know or believe in these Koranic passages, but I do say to Ms. Tlaib that there are events in the past and elements of the Muslim faith that bring about the feelings she describes that have some basis in fact, however embarrassing to face or deal with, and they cannot be ascribed to an irrational fear as she seems to suggest.