Why The United States Shouldn't Ban Immigration

Why The United States Shouldn't Ban Immigration

What interests me is how the Declaration of Independence claims we have “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” but these “rights” are based on what society says is right or wrong in a give time.
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There are people in this world who pass judgement without a second thought. People rarely take time to think about why their opinions are their opinions. Is it because it’s what you, personally, believe or rather what society forced you to believe through manipulation of data? I think opinions and Opinions are two very different things. I have opinions on the weather but I have Opinions on the LBGTQ+ rights, the immigration orders, and age gaps in relationships. Opinions with a capital O are very sensitive and mostly are decided by what society deems right or wrong. Bandwagons are so fun to ride on, after all. What interests me is how the Declaration of Independence claims we have “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” but these “rights” are based on what society says is right or wrong in a give time. This idea of right and wrong is very subjective and once upon a time, society thought stoning people to death was the answer so it isn’t always fool proof. We have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” only if it matches societal norms dictate.

One of the most popular opinions now a days is that immigration is a “crime”, that people who come here to find a better life are drug dealers, assaulters, and so many other terrible things. Ironically, the fact that we are all immigrants seems go over peoples heads and society disregards this fact by dehumanizing these immigrants, these people who only want what all people want: safety, love, money, and privacy. Most of these people coming to the United States are coming from hostile environments and are simply looking to live within the “American Dream.” The “injuries” stated in the Declaration of Independence are the same injuries people in Syria, Mexico, and other turbulent, crime ridden countries deal with. These injuries include; a tyrannical government, obstruction of people’s right to self-rule, and sending men who were to start wars trying to placate or control the colonists/immigrants. These same basic human rights are still being violated all over the world. Shouldn’t we as people help other who suffered as much as our ancestors? Or is it too far in the past for this current generation to understand and care? We, not only as a country, but as sympathetic human beings should let these people who are suffering and trying to survive into our home and help them make it their home. There are horrendous crimes that happen where they are and difficult circumstances.

Let’s not just think about adults but children. Children, one of the most cherished things in the world, all round the world, and these children are dying in this hostile environment. Children are innocent and should be protected by all people. In Syria, we see schools and hospitals being bombed with children being the primary target. I can’t name one person who hasn’t seen one of those terrible Facebook videos of a child with blood on their face, terrified and silent while their whole world is destroyed. Instead of leaving those children in a harsh, violent environment, we should allow them, at the very minimum into our country and ask families to take them in until there family gains legal residence. People are thinking selfishly for themselves and not considering the bigger picture. These “illegal aliens” aren’t all using the system to live off of, but even if they are, they are simply trying to provide for their family. It is wrong for them to not work and live completely off the system? Sure but our own people do that so who are we to judge. It’s not the people who are flawed but rather the system. The cases where immigrants use the system are rare, these people earn their living rightfully and fairly. They aren’t taking anyone’s jobs but rather are earning their way like any other American in this country. We talk about giving “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” but only to those who are deemed worthy. Society wants to be selfish and xenophobic because they feel they should be handed what these immigrants work tooth and nail for. These men and women work until they shed blood, sweat, and tears; all to give their family a better life. Most of these people aren’t getting super great, high paying jobs like society leads most Americans to believe but rather jobs that are so horrendous it’s like a crime to make them work. These jobs are usually under the table with excessive hours, no breaks and less than minimum wage.

Why are we so concerned about these people “stealing” our jobs? I mean, in all honesty we stole from the Native people who lived here first. We stole their land, their “jobs”, and their livelihoods. We shoved them into “reservations” and destroyed their homes. What original settlers did was wrong but what these people are doing is peacefully coming to this country to save their children and their lives, trying to have a better life. Many of the original settlers wanted the American Dream and these people are no different that them. We found happiness and peace though brutal means of destroying ones home but these people aren’t like us. They want happiness through hard work and dedication. They want what all of us want: The American Dream.

One of the biggest fears of the American people with immigration and allowing refugees in is terrorism. In September 2001, we had one if the worst tragedies in the United States history when terrorist attacked our country. We, the American people, took that fear and we learned to push it onto a whole culture. A whole place, we demonized because we needed someone to blame. We needed a lot of people to take the blame because those terrorists used a whole regions religion as an excuse, as a reason for murdering. It’s sad that the Muslim people got their religion twisted by terrible people who used God as an excuse and we latched onto it. We have American terrorists and we have foreign. By refusing to let these people into our country based on the assumption that they are terrorists is small minded and unfair. We have terrorists within our own soil and honestly we can’t stop radicals like ISIS from attacking. The American people have to understand that Muslim does not automatically equate to terrorist, Mexican does not automatically equal drug dealer, and Canadian doesn’t always equal nice.

Most people don’t consider hundreds of thousands, of hundred thousands, people’s lives into their decisions. Most people don’t think how many people will die if we close our doors. Trump closed the gates and now Syrian refugee’s are locked out, even though many other countries offered them sanctuary, the United Staes turned our backs on people in need, on children in need, on human beings in need. We, as a united people, should try to have peace and hope eradicate fear and hate. We see a rise in racism within our own borders because the fear is fed like a ravaged dog. We can end the stigmas and stereotypes. We can save lives if we step up and allow people the same rights Thomas Jefferson outlined for us. All people deserve the “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” that is afforded to us because of our forefathers. We are lucky. We can change the world with kindness and acceptance. We can lead by example by not allowing others fear weaken our morals and strength not only as a country but as American people with American ideals.

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Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace, But Neither Is Christianity

Let's have in honest converation about the relgious doctrine of Islam

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Islam is not a religion of peace.

Christianity is also not a religion of peace.

But, most people in both religions are generally peaceful.

More specifically, bringing up the doctrine of Christianity is a terrible rebuttal to justify the doctrine of Islam.

That is like saying, "Fascism is not a good political ideology. Well, Communism isn't any good either. So, Fascism is not that bad after all."

One evil does not justify another evil. Christianity's sins do not justify Islam's.

The reason why this article is focused on Islam and not Christianity is the modern prevalence of religious violence in the Islamic world. Christianity is not without its evil but there is far less international terrorist attacks and mass killing perpetrated by Christians today than by those of Islam.

First, let's define "religious killings," which is much more specific than a practicer of a religion committing a murder.

A religious killings are directly correlated with the doctrines of the faith. That is different a human acting on some type of natural impulse killing someone.

For example, an Islamic father honor killing his daughter who was raped is a religious killing. But an Islamic man who catches his wife cheating and kills her on the spot is a murder, not a religious killing. The second man may be Islamic but the doctrine of Islam cannot be rationally held at fault for that killing. Many men with many different religions or experience would make the same heinous mistake of taking a life.

Second, criticizing a doctrine or a religion is not a criticism of everyone that practices the religion.

It is not even a criticism of everyone who make mistake while inspired by the religions. Human are willing to do heinous things when governed by a bad cause. Not every World War 2 Nazis was a homicidal maniac but human nature tells them to act this way in order to survive in their environment. It is hard to fault a person from traits that comes from evolutionary biology and natural selection.

However, commenting on a philosophy, ideology or a religion is not off limits. Every doctrine that inspires human action should be open for review. The religion may be part of a person's identity and it holds a special place in its heart but that does not mean it should be immune to criticism.

Finally, before going into a deconstruction of the myth that Islam is a religion of peace, there needs to be a note about the silencing of talking about Islam.

There is a notion in Western Society that if a person criticizes Islam, then that person hates all Muslims and the person suffers from Islamophobia. That is not the case, a person to criticize religion without becoming Donald Trump. In Western Society criticizing fundamental Christians is never seen as an attack on all Christians because there is a lot of bad ideas in the Bible that Christians act on. Therefore, criticizing Islam should have the same benefit of the doubt because the Quran has many bad ideas in it.

The Quran advocates for war on unbelievers a multitude of times. No these verses are not a misreading or bad interpretation the text. Here are two explicit verses from the Quran that directly tell Followers to engage in violence:

Quran 2: 191-193:

"And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah (disbelief or unrest) is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists and wrong-doers)"

Quran 2: 216:

"Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

There is no rational way to interrupt these passages in a peaceful way. The whole premise of both passages is to inspire followers that war against the unbeliever is justified.

The first verse advocates for genocide against non-believers for the mere transgression that a society worships a different god or worships another god along with Allah.

The second passage is arguable more dangerous because the first passage just advocate that fighting may be a necessity, while the second passage encourages it. The second passage claims that war on the unbeliever is a good thing under the eyes of Allah.

The reason why these passages are dangerous is because they directly incite religious violence. For most followers of Allah, these passages are ignored or they convince themselves the passages means something they do not. However, for a large numbers of followers that view the text of the Quran as the unedited words of Allah, these texts become extremely dangerous. These passages become all the rational they need to wage war on non-believers.

This is dangerous because there are millions of followers of Islam worldwide that believe every statement in the Quran is true.

Therefore, the Quran becomes a direct motivation and cause for its followers to attack non-followers. Rationally one can understand where the Islam follower comes from, if a person truly believes that Allah or God himself wrote these words then why would you not comply.

Especially when there is verses in the Quran that says the Follower who does not fight the infidel is not as worthy of a Follower that does wage war against the non-believer (Quran 4:95). Finally, when male Followers are told that their martyrdom fighting for the faith will be rewarded with an eternity in paradise with 72 virgins for personal pleasure. If a Follower truly believes all of this is the spoken word of Allah then there is more rational why a person would commit these atrocities then why they would not.

Men and women are radicalized by these passages on a daily basis.

No, it is not just the poor kid in Iraq that lost his family to an American bombing run that indiscriminately kills civilians but also the middle classed Saudi Arabian child or some Western white kid that finds the Quran appealing. If radicalization were just poor people, then society would not have much to be worried about. However, Heads of States, college educated people and wealthy Islamic Followers are all being radicalized and the common dominator is the doctrine of Islam.

Osama Bin Laden, one of the most infamous terrorist in history, was not a poor lad that was screwed by the United States military industrial complex. Bin Laden was the son of a billionaire, that received an education through college from great schools. There is no other just cause for Bin Laden to orchestrate such grievous attacks on humanity besides religious inspirations. A person can rationally tie Islam Followers gravitation towards terrorism to a specific verse. Quran 3: 51 tells readers,

"Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers."

Any rational person can tie Islamic passages like this directly to terrorism. It is not a complicated correlation to like Nazism and Jewish persecution to Christianity. The Holy Book of Islam directly encourages the Followers of Islam to inflict terrorism unto the non-believer.

So why do some many people deny these obvious truths about Islam and violence?

Political Correctness and the want to not be viewed as a bigot. The correlations here are as direct as the terrors of the Spanish Inquisitions and Catholicism and no one is afraid to retrospect and say, "Yes Christianity caused the direct murder of thousands of people". A person would not even be controversial if one stated that both World Wars has significant religious undertones. However if anyone states that terrorism and violence has a direct link with Islam then there is an outcry.

Even President Obama refused to use the terms Islam and Muslim when publicly talking about the War on Terrorism. I am a hypocrite also because I used the term Islamic Follower instead of Muslim in an attempt to sound more political correct.

That is a problem when society refuse to use terms that are correct in an attempt to not offend anyone. Imagine if scientist could not report their findings because the underlying politics. Society needs to be able to have open dialogue about this problem or else it will never heal. Society needs to throw away the worrisome about being politically correct and focus on identifying the problems and solving them.

The world of Islam needs to open themselves up to this criticism.

There can no longer be a closing of dialogue where the West cannot speak on the doctrines of Islam because they are not partakers (That applies to all organized religion too, especially the Catholic Church). People who draw Muhammed must no longer be threatened with attacks on their life.

When Islamic women and men speak up about the sins of Islam, they must stop being silenced. If humanity is going to take steps into the future with better technology and more dangerous weaponry, then we need to solve this problem with Islam and gradually to organized religion at all.

If not it will doom us way before we get there…

Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this article follow my podcast on Twitter @MccrayMassMedia for more likewise discussions.

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To The Girl Who Felt Excluded In The International Order Of The Rainbow For Girls

Exclusion is never a word I would use to describe my experience in Rainbow.

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As I write this, I am preparing to attend my 3rd Ohio Grand Assembly for The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. (And as it posts, I will have just gotten home.) It will be my first time attending as a Grand Officer and I can't be more excited. I recently read an Odyssey article called "Girls In The International Order Of The Rainbow For Girls Have Only One Color: Exclusion." While I understand her point of view, I think there are some things that need to be said.

You basically said you had good and bad times, and that the people are what made the experience great. Sadly, once they left you felt the experience was less than ideal. Thank you for recognizing that Rainbow has great ideals and goals, but I personally think your article is misleading.

I'm in Fremont Assembly #128 in Fremont, Ohio. I am currently 18 years old and joined Rainbow in 2016. In other words, I am only able to be in Rainbow for a little over 4 years. Which, frankly, stinks, but I will still cherish the short amount of time I have.

I, too, have trouble making friends. I might be intimidating at times due to my demeanor. But once people talk to me, they realize that I'm not so bad. As you, my time in Rainbow hasn't exactly been fostered by having super, super close friends, but I really don't think that matters.

What matters is the love I see. The love I constantly observe between girls. The love I see directed at me. That love is something that doesn't need to include a constant connection to my sisters. I know that if I chose to approach one of them, I would be greeted with nothing but love.

That was incredibly apparent to me since day one in Rainbow. The day I was initiated into this organization I was terrified. Yes, I was 16 and yes, it really shouldn't have scared me so much but I'm not great at new things. I'm not great at doing things without a set plan. For initiation, there is a set plan but because I was not yet in Rainbow, I wasn't allowed to know it.

Still, throughout the entire process, I constantly felt welcomed by these girls. All of them had smiles on their faces and nothing but kind words to say. I didn't feel like they looked down on me due to my lack of experience. I felt like I was being supported by these girls that I didn't even know.

That first year and some of my second year, I participated in many different Rainbow events, but mostly from the audience. Still, despite how untalkative I was and how little experience I had with the group, I was always welcomed in with loving arms.

And what is Rainbow without our Mother Advisors, Deputies, and other supporters? Nothing. All of these women have made it a point to get to know me and to welcome me wholeheartedly.

So, fellow Rainbow sister, I want you to know that I see where you're coming from, but let's be clear.

Your experience is the exception, not the rule.

You and I are similar in our shy demeanors, but I am still able to see the best of my time in Rainbow.

Maybe I stay in the background and it's very possible that I will have none of my Rainbow sisters (except my biological sister) in my wedding party. Still, I will not blame the group that has given so many amazing experiences to me. I will support this group because I want other girls, just like you and me, to find their place. I don't want them to be discouraged by a few subpar experiences. I see what Rainbow is to some people and I want to give that experience to as many girls as possible.

I am a Rainbow girl, through and through.

And Rainbow, you'll always be mine.

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