The Paris Massacre, the potential for terrorist attacks in Belgium, and the hotel attack in Mali, have re-polarized the world when it comes to the religion that is Islam. The face of that polarization are the Syrian refugees fleeing a homeland that is mired in a civil war that has destroyed a country and its people. On one side…those blinded by compassion and political correctness that believe these refugees should be welcomed unconditionally with open arms. The yang to that yin…those that are tired of trusting a people who practice an unyielding and unrelenting religion that promotes advancing its ideals at all costs.
It was unsurprising in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris that the many developed nations that were willing to welcome Syrian refugees with open arms stopped doing so. Here in the United States, the House of Representatives effortlessly passed a bill suspending the program which allows Syrian and Iraqi refugees into this country until it could be proven these refugees do not pose a national security risk (Walsh & Barrett, 2015). Naturally, the backlash to this was swift and poignant. Somewhat surprisingly (to me at least), non-Islamic religious entities lent their support to this backlash. Both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals expressed their concerns, stating:
“These refugees are fleeing terror themselves — violence like we have witnessed in Paris. They are extremely vulnerable families, women, and children who are fleeing for their lives. We cannot and should not blame them for the actions of a terrorist organization. (Burke, 2015)”
The problem with this statement is it exposes a serious flaw in Western society rationale. In Western societies, we tend to “romanticize” just about everything. From love, to marriage…owning a home or having children. In Western societies, we tend to overhype an experience without acknowledging the amount of time, patience, and effort it takes to make that experience successful. It is no different when it comes to compassion and empathy. Many say we should welcome Syrian refugees unconditionally with open arms. Yet…these same people don’t seem to understand the realistic risk in doing so.
While some of the Syrian refugees may very well be “vulnerable families, women, and children” the reality is we cannot assume that uniformly. First of all, news clip after news clip has shown it’s not just women and children attempting to emigrate. In addition, the cold stark truth is history has proven that Islam is not above using women and children to violently advance its causes and ideals. By labeling all Syrian refugees as “vulnerable families, women, and children”, Western society once again “romanticizes” an ideal that is empathy without fully understanding what that compassion entails.
The reality is the Middle East has been a hot mess since the beginning of time as we know it. Over time, it has only gotten worse. There are a number of reasons for this, and I believe this article from strategypage.com does a great job of illustrating this point. However, I believe it is Islam itself that is responsible for the dysfunction that is the Middle East.
As much as the politically correct are loathe to admit it, Islam is not a peaceful religion. It is a religion that is intolerant of other religions, people, and cultures. It is a religion that keeps its believers stuck in a past that is no longer relevant in today’s global society. For centuries, Western society has been the victim of injustice after injustice of an unyielding, unrelenting religion that promotes advancing its ideals at all costs. There comes a point in time when a people tire of their compassion and empathy being used against them.
This is where we are today. Over and over again Western societies have attempted to accept Islamic refugees unconditionally with open arms only to have that compassion and empathy used against us. While I feel for a people whose country’s leader has failed them, we can no longer be blinded by compassion and empathy. I fully support my country’s efforts to deny Syrian refugees, as well as all those that practice Islam, from settling in this country. The reality is we can no longer “romanticize” and assume all that practice Islam are “vulnerable families, women, and children”. It is time for Western societies to protect our culture and stand up to an unyielding and unrelenting religion that promotes advancing its ideals at all costs.
Burke, D. (2015, November 18). CNN. Retrieved from Don’t ‘scapegoat’ Syrian refugees, Catholic bishops and evangelicals say : http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/17/politics/catholics-evangelicals-refugees/
StrategyPage. (2015, November 19). Retrieved from Murphy’s Law: What Failure Has In Common: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20151119.aspx
Walsh, D., & Barrett, T. (2015, November 19). CNN. Retrieved from House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/19/politics/house-democrats-refugee-hearings-obama/index.html