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  1. R. Yang's Avatar
    Re : What Jesus would do ?

    The opposite of the Republican or "Tea Bagger" extremists would do for sure. Despite their claims to be the most and devout "evangelical Christians" but what they believe and do are the opposite of those are written in the real Gospel of Jesus and the Bible. I have no idea which Bible they read or Jesus they believe in.

    Re : Europeans and Immigration.

    Europeans have the very rights and legitimate reasons to demand all immigrants to comply and accept the laws and culture of their adoptive countries, so do Americans, Canadians etc.

    We can't allow immigrants that believe in backward religious Sharia that bless sexism, violence, inequalities, ignorance and intolerance to practice and enforce those beliefs.
    We must fully support all Western and any secular democratic nations to reject or deport all immigrants that can't accept the separation of religions and state and that everyone must be equal before the laws.

    And the entire humanity must insist and strive to end and eradicate all kind of holier than thou hypocrite theocracy dictatorship that still believe in apartheid system. This will help the Middle East to evolve into a more civilized region and reduce the refugee problems from endless sectarian conflicts.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Bashing Muslim immigrants, whether in Europe or America, is only the latest episode in a saga that began, as far as America is concerned, with the Know-Nothings in the 19th Century, followed by the Chinese exclusion laws, 1924 national origin immigration quotas, Japanese internment during WW2, and is now continuing with the Alabama and Arizona hate laws, etc., etc.

  3. R. Yang's Avatar
    @ Robert Algase,

    Do Muslims believe in equal rights for all, separation of religion and state and freedom of speech including those who criticize or being skeptical to their faith without being labelled as blasphemers ? Many Muslims majority countries today won't be such a mess with endless sectarian violence today if they can embrace those extremely important principles. Western nations are under no obligation to accommodate any Islamic Sharia into their justice system and give the Muslim immigrants "special rights" in their countries. This is not Islam or Muslim bashing. It's unfortunate that many of those people of "faiths" are using their faiths to justify hate, intolerance, ignorance, violence, discrimination and persecution on others who don't share the same beliefs. And it's a shame for ones to be political correct to not to admit that many religions are in fact don't embrace and believe in the Universality of Human Rights by believing in apartheid system and justice that should be applied to those who don't belong to the same sects.

    Here at home, we are facing the danger of the mixing of religion and state from our Republican presidential hopefuls.
    It's our concern that our future Presidents are talking about personal and social issues instead of jobs, economy, infrastructures, education, health care etc. and have detailed better plans than the current incumbent in the White House.

    No sane and rational Americans will ever vote any holier than thou hypocrite, do as I say but don't do I do Presidential candidates. As Americans we must preserve and fight to keep our secularism and we must also fight to end theocracies worldwide that surpress and persecute women, minorities and LGBT human rights anywhere.

    I wonder if anyone who disagree with me on that principle would love to see veiled women in our public streets and transits become the threat of our national security because we don't know who they are, welcome immigrants that still believe women are lower than men, believe in "honor" killings or feel free to worship on busy streets and intersections on busy working days because it's time for their prayers by disregarding others who have rights to utilize those passages or blaring noisy prayers 5 times a day including the 4 or 5 am one.
    Do we really want a semi theocracy "conservative" government that are so "small" that it can probe women "private parts" before having an abortion or to let any employers to deny any insurance coverage based on whatever faiths they believe in and force that belief to their employers?

    It's time for us Americans to think and vote smartly. We reject hypocrisy and stupid petit issues that should remain as ones' privacy and businesses and demand our future leaders to roll out real concepts and plans for better America and world.
  4. Joe Whalen's Avatar
    The CIS Ombudsman has posted a recommendation at: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/cisomb-srmt-recommendation.pdf

    In the recommendation, the Ombudsman's Office noted:

    "USCIS has prioritized the timeliness of service request responses, but the agency has not uniformly focused on the quality of responses. The Ombudsman's Office recommends ways to ensure more efficient use of the SRMT system's capabilities to help USCIS address inquiries from individuals and employers, and at the same time enable the agency to identify trends and improve efficiency by reducing the overall number of customer service interactions."
  5. Don Miller's Avatar
    As a native speaker of English I sometimes fail to pick up on the subtleties of Messrs. Yang and Algase when they contribute to this site, but I think that today, for the first time, they are agreeing with my long-held assertion that any immigration program must be for the sole benefit of the gaining country, and not for the benefit of the intending immigrant. Both bemoan the violence and intolerance common to Islam, ergo, the US must establish, I would think, a very focussed ban on all Muslim immigrants from whatever country.
    I do not know what more evidence is needed to convince us that they are not to be trusted under any circumstances and must be denied entry into the US. How many more "born in the USA" Muslims have to "go bad" and try to kill us before we wake up? How much more hatred of the US and Americans personally has to be voiced and demonstrated by Muslims throughout the world brefore we finally realize that they, Islam, are at war with us and will continue to be as long as they are Muslims and adherents of the Koran and Islam?
    While it is true that not all Muslims are Salafis and jihadists, it is also true that in 1943 not all Germans were SS troopers, Gestapo agents, or even Nazi party members, yet we would not have even considered admitting thousands of Germans into the US as immigrants. What is the difference? An enemy is an enemy. It is the pinnacle of stupidity, in my opinion, to have allowed some 40,000 Somalis into the USA with all that we know about that country and its people. As President Erdogan of Turkey stated, "There is no such thing as "moderate" Islam, there is only Islam"! Time to wake up, America!
  6. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Don Miller and I are both native speakers of English (my grandparents having immigrated to America in the late 19th Century) but Mr. Miller might want to brush up a little on his English comprehension, at least as far as his understanding of my previous letter is concerned.

    It is true that I often agree with R. Yang, but this time is a glaring exception. To the contrary, Mr. Yang now finds himself allied with Mr. Miller on the side of hatred and bigotry, based on their comments relating to Muslim immigrants and US citizens. I could not possibly disagree with them more.

    Both gentlemen also seem to have rather short memories. There was a time, for example, when the US Supreme Court ruled that Chinese immigrants, by race, were incapable of assimilating to American society or adopting American values. Who could possibly agree with such a bigoted and hateful comment today? Yet this idea was the basis of the Chinese exclusion laws.

    At the tome that my Jewish grandparents came to this country to escape from Czarist persecution in Russia, many Americans thought that Jews were part of an international Zionist conspiracy to take over the world. Some Americans, no doubt,still think that.

    I don't know if Mr. Miller happens to belong to the Roman Catholic faith or not, but if he does, or if he knows anyone who does, then that person would be a member of a religion that, as recently as the time of JFK (whom I voted for) millions of Americans believed that Catholics could not be real Americans because they were taking orders from the Pope.

    Those who spread hate against innocent, loyal Muslim-Americans and peaceful Muslim immigrants, which the overwhelming majority of Muslims living in this country are, are just as reprehensible and, in the deepest sense, un-American, as the bigots, racists, and hatemongers of former times. There is no difference.
  7. R. Yang's Avatar
    @Mr. Algase,

    I have no issue with any Muslims or people of faiths that believe in separation of their faiths and the state, embrace the concept of Universal equality for all and human rights. Yes, I do have and all of must have serious concern of those who believe that they must have "special rights" above others because of their faiths. It's not a bigotry to say anyone that believe women are less equal than men, those who don't belong the same creed or sect are subject to persecution and systematic discrimination as second class human beings that they're not welcome here in the US or any secular democratic nations.

    Political correctness is killing us from within. Honor killing, apartheid system based on religious dogmas should not even exist in this 21st. century and none should tolerate any of it in the name of the spirit of "inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance".

    It's quite mind boggling that many refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran are coming to Australia crossing the ocean while many rich Islamic nations do nothing to help them and take them in while they pass through their territories and it's too much and an insult once they settle in Australia they demand Australian to respect their Islamic Sharia and customs.
    Australians have the very right to tell them that no veils in the public space, no prayers at busy sidewalks, no loudspeakers to call for prayers time and please no honor killing as well. It's not a bigotry but it's a common sense.
    Any Muslim refugees who can't accept that must go back to whereever they come from or go to Saudi Arabia or Kuwait or Malaysia instead.

  8. Don Miller's Avatar
    Roger Algase is exactly correct and his inclinations are certainly admirable. I feel, though, that in the case of Muslims he is somewhat naive. Mr. Yang is also right on this issue, in my opinion. When Muslims themselves, from the leaders of Turkey and Iran to the street bombers arrested by the NYPD, tell us that they hate the United States and Americans, we are the "great Satan", the Caliphate must be established, Sharia must be instituted throughout the world...by what rationale do we, some of us, simply ignore their words and assume that they don't really mean what they are saying?
    I return to my analogy in my previous: certainly not every German in 1943 was a Gestapo agent, an SS trooper, a member of the Nazi party, or even a grunt in the Wehrmacht, but as we now know well, virtually every German supported the German war effort and benefitted from the "benefits" brought to Germany by Hitler. It is not necessatry that every Muslim in the US be a suicidal bomb-thrower, it is only necessary that they believe in and adhere to sharia, that they believe in the triumphalism of Islam, that they adhere to the tenets of the Koran and other Islamic writings. That they are attempting to replace US Constitutional law with Sharia is documented, as are their never-ending efforts to force the entire nation to make concessions to Islamic doctrine. None of this is secret and to tolerate it is a form of cultural and eventually national, suicide.
    I am a former RC, and I have to say that I am frequently totally surprised at the equanimity with which some American Jews regard the rantings of, for example, Mahmoud Ahmadjinebad, and the blatant anti-semitic and anti-Israel statements of virtually every Muslim leader in the world today. We, the civilized world, ignored and even laughed at, the rantings of Adolf Hitler (until it was too late)and look how well that worked out! Once again, we are being told exactly what the Muslims think about Jews and Americans and exactly what they intend to do about it as soon as they think themselves powerful enough.
    How, under what rationale, what logic, can we continue to blithely allow such people, with such beliefs, to freely enter the country and live here?
    I would suggest, along with Abraham Lincoln, that the US Constitution is not a suicide-pact!
  9. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I think that Don Miller and R. Yang are both mixing apples with oranges. I happen to support both strikes on Iran and war crimes trials for Ahmedinejad and his fellow tyrants, as well as severe punishment for any terrorist from any background or country who wants to harm us. What does that have to with the millions of peaceful, law abiding Muslims who are in the US or may want to come here?

    R. Yang is worried that Muslims do not show enough respect toward women. In many Muslim societies, that is quite true, unfortunately. It is also true in many non-Muslim countries as well. I have read that even in modern China and India, girl fetuses are more likely to be aborted than male ones.

    How much respect for women do American citizens such as Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh have? Is there any great religion or world culture in history what has been unequivocal about showing equal respect for women? Of course not. But is that an excuse for keeping people from certain regions or faiths out of the US (especially women)?

    PS: I am not suggesting that Ahmedinejad or the Syrian dictators should be given a visa to the US. They should be given "visas" only to one place - The Hague. But didn't America let Marcos in, for example, after the people of the Philippines finally got rid of him?
  10. R. Yang 's Avatar
    @ Mr. Algase,

    Comparing China and India to Saudi Arabia or Iran is exactly like comparing apples to oranges and it's quite ignorant for ones to not to be able to tell the difference absolute theocracy dictatorship like Vatican, Saudi Arabia or Iran to those of China or India. In China abortion is not only legal but mandatory by laws. China doesn't want the Vatican to tell and influence its laws and policies regarding birth control just like here in the US. Unless Vatican is happy to support poor Chinese couples with extra babies then it doesn't have any rights to tell Chinese nor us Americans that we can't have birth control over its backward religious dogmas and objection.
    In Vatican, women can never be Cardinals let alone be a Pope. In Saudi Arabia and Iran, the holier than thou governments and their religious police can dictate and detain any women who don't dress up according to Islamic laws and dress code. It's illegal to bring in the Bibles or other religious printed materials intended to be distributed to the public in many Islamic nations. There is much more religious freedom in China and more respect and equal rights for women to choose their careers, education and dress whatever they like. It's a shame for our Congress and President to always condemn human rights and religious freedom in China while amazingly silent on those in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UEA and many other Muslim majority nations which is far worse than communist China. This is a fact not my fantasy. It's a shame to be political correct on this issue. It's a shame for Muslim immigrants in many Western nations to be demanding and ungrateful for whatever they have in the new countries yet keep silent on so much human rights violations and persecution on religious minorities and LGBT people in many Islamic nations. This is a fact again.
    We have taken in many Somalian muslim refugees and when they work as taxi drivers in Minnesota to refuse to take in customers who just had alcohol or bring in alcohol with them or food product with pork. They want extra time breaks to accommodate their prayers time, while other employees must be happy with whatever given. On the streets of Canada and France many of them are praying on sidewalks publicly.
    Religious nuts have created so much problem worldwide regardless whatever cults or religions they believe in. We can no longer tolerate their holier and better than thou hypocritical attitudes to be shoved down to our throats. We will see less refugees and less poverty problems worldwide and particularly in the Middle East if many nations there are ruled by governments based on 100% separation of religion and state and the entire population believe and vote in democratic secular governments that don't pander on pseudo hypocritical holier than thou morality and social issues. Here at home, we as voters must be smart and critical on any politicians or presidential candidates who always try to "sell" faiths and all the non sense of those hypocritical do as I say but don't do as I do pseudo morality by telling them to fix their own sins and talk on real issues such as better health care, economy, jobs, infrastructures, education and immigration plans and solutions.
    I am not against anybody or any groups just because I stated the real facts that are inconvenient truth for many.
  11. Don Miller's Avatar
    Roger Algase again misses the point made both by Richard Yang and by me. It is very clear what Islamic rule means...they have made no attempt to hide or sugar-coat it. How can this be denied? Why is it necessary, as Algase implies, that we must wait until a plane is brought down, or a city is destroyed, or a tour ship is sunk, all with corresponding loss of innocent life, to then take action and only against the perpetrator? Is it not much more logical and effective to prevent the catastrophe in the first place by simply keeping Muslims out? We are at war with them...or at the very least they are at war with us. I see absolutely no difference between modern Islamism and 20th Century Nazism and it greatly peplexes me that any Jew can regard the penetration of Islam into all areas of our society with the apparent total equanimity of Mr. Algase.
  12. Monster LadyGaga's Avatar
    At the same time, many states with Republican legislatures are weakening the influence of minorities and the poor through restrictive voter ID laws designed to keep them away from the polls. Nothing could be more dangerous for the future of immigration in America. This is not to say that the Republican plutocrats are against all immigration. Romney, for one, says that he "loves" immigration. I am sure that, for once, he is telling the truth, despite his ultra-hard line on unauthorized immigration.

    There is little doubt that he does favor immigration - by other wealthy hedge fund managers like himself. Newt, for his part, wants to eliminate the H-1B cap entirely, which is by far one of the most intelligent ideas that any presidential candidate, including Obama, has advocated in this election cycle so far.

    Despite two recent articles in the Financial Times by Alan Greenspan absurdly claiming that H-1B workers belong to the wealthy upper class, something which would come as news to the great majority of H-1B visa holders, eliminating the H-1B cap would benefit the middle class most of all.
  13. Monster LadyGaga's Avatar
    Don Miller and I are both native speakers of English (my grandparents having immigrated to America in the late 19th Century) but Mr. Miller might want to brush up a little on his English comprehension, at least as far as his understanding of my previous letter is concerned.

    It is true that I often agree with R. Yang, but this time is a glaring exception. To the contrary, Mr. Yang now finds himself allied with Mr. Miller on the side of hatred and bigotry, based on their comments relating to Muslim immigrants and US citizens. I could not possibly disagree with them more.

    Both gentlemen also seem to have rather short memories. There was a time, for example, when the US Supreme Court ruled that Chinese immigrants, by race, were incapable of assimilating to American society or adopting American values. Who could possibly agree with such a bigoted and hateful comment today? Yet this idea was the basis of the Chinese exclusion laws.

    At the tome that my Jewish grandparents came to this country to escape from Czarist persecution in Russia, many Americans thought that Jews were part of an international Zionist conspiracy to take over the world. Some Americans, no doubt,still think that.

    I don't know if Mr. Miller happens to belong to the Roman Catholic faith or not, but if he does, or if he knows anyone who does, then that person would be a member of a religion that, as recently as the time of JFK (whom I voted for) millions of Americans believed that Catholics could not be real Americans because they were taking orders from the Pope.

    Those who spread hate against innocent, loyal Muslim-Americans and peaceful Muslim immigrants, which the overwhelming majority of Muslims living in this country are, are just as reprehensible and, in the deepest sense, un-American, as the bigots, racists, and hatemongers of former times. There is no difference.
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