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Percentage of US population who are Jews: approximately 1.73%.
How is it not arrogance to think that not only is there a God, but you know who he wants to be in office and what laws he wants passed?
I think the fatal mistake was the idea that it was a good idea for Evangelicals and their fellow travellers to team up to influence and participate in politics a la Jerry Falwell. When I was a Pentecostal youth, we were taught that politics is 'of the world' and to trust that God will appoint the leaders God wants us to have. How times have changed!
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Enforcing Islamic Law at Brandeis

Dean197 Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 12:54 PM
It's not truly an Islamic practice, but the Imams where it is practiced are happy to let it continue because they think it helps keep girls and women under control. Numerous villages in Africa have ceased the practice when they found out from outsiders that it's non-Islamic. They'd still be doing it if they had to wait on their Imams to tell them.
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Enforcing Islamic Law at Brandeis

Dean197 Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 12:51 PM
Ayaan is a hero with the heart of a lion. Students at Brandeis would have benefitted from hearing her.
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Brandeis Bows to Islamic Censorship

Dean197 Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 12:47 PM
Especially considering that Ayaan is an atheist.
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Brandeis Bows to Islamic Censorship

Dean197 Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 12:47 PM
Ayaan is not some armchair Islamophobe. She's under constant threat of death. That should be something to protest.
I respect her decison: the odds were against her either way, and she had to make a hard choice.
It's easier for a Muslim from a Muslim country to immigrate because of our immigration preference system, designed specifically to keep Mexicans out by limiting the number of immigrants allowed from Mexico to be the same as any other country: Mexico, Finland, Tunisia, Somalia: all the same as far as maximum number of immigrants. But we don't get as many people from Finland, Tunisia, and Somalia combined trying to immigrate as we get applicants from Mexico, because Mexico is our neighbor, and those other countries are an ocean away, so they never overflow their quotas. If you're worried about Muslims, letting more Catholics in might be a sensible counter. Plus, US population would be in decline without immigration, as it is, we're the only developed nation with an increasing population, while Japan and Europe are aging rapidly...and the Muslim nations ARE their neighbors. We need young immigrants to feed off their vital juices...I mean, to do menial labor like elder care. NonHispanic Whites are going to be a minority in thirty years, but the alternative is worse: American decline.
Robbing banks is always illegal. We changed the rules in 1965, prior to that there were no immigration quotas for Western Hemisphere countries to the US. We restricted a previously-legal in-demand product and the resulting 'black market' in immigration was 100% predictable. Total Hispanic immigration has increased since the Immigration and Nationality Act was passed: it used to be worth jumping through a few hoops to get into the US legally, but most Hispanics can never hope to get past the legal barriers in place now. It would be nice if Mexico were a rich country like us, but it's not, and if it were me who was a poor near-peasant on the other side of the border, I'd consider making the run for a better chance for my children instead of hoping things will get better.
And we certainly shouldn't aspire to be any more noble than Mexico.
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