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This is not directly on point at first, but lately most of the letters (10/30/09 ID) have dragged poor God into the immigration debate. Responding to Mr. Yang's letter, the Founding fathers, did not by and large separate Church and state - they opposed the establishment (tax supported church structures where church officers are also officers of the government and require loyalty oaths) of a national church either because they viewed the state as a threat to religion, were tolerant of minority faiths like James Madison's Orange County Baptists or because they supported theocracies like those that dominated New England. Both ideologically and practically, freedom of religion is closer to freedom for religion than freedom from it. Religious talk has always been central to our public discourse. Just listen to our last three Presidents, two of them Democrats. Some Americans are made uncomfortable by that, but I doubt they are any more more comfortable by identity politics. The result of our smorgasbord approach to religion in public life has always been a remarkable degree of tolerance in this country, in marked contrast to secular revolutionary regimes from the Directorate's France and Kemal Mustafa's Turkey to Maoist China or Fascist Italy. God talk need not be divisive, and even if divisive, it need not be evil. Besides, God's word is in many ways too refined to be made ready use of for either party, and just policy could either discourage or encourage immigration. One imagines that rendering unto Caesar does set a default for obeying laws where those laws are not clearly unjust, however, and probably even when they are unjust but can be changed lawfully, as I am convinced our immigration laws can be. I can defend that position on secular grounds too, but I'll leave that to better keyboards, like Mr. Murray's.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
Jim Roberts' letter (10/30/09 ID) claims that deportation is not oppression. America has certainly come a long way from the wisdom and humanity of Justice Brandeis in the famous 1922 Supreme Court case of Ng Fung Ho vs. White, when he said that deportation may deprive a person of "all that makes life worth living". The Roberts' letter lacks even the candor of other restrizzionisti such as Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, who, in a 2005 article, launched the concept of reducing "illegal" (translation: "Latino") presence in the US through a policy of "attrition", i.e. making life in America hell on earth for unwanted ethnic groups. One of the ways to do this, of course, is by throwing people out of work, as DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is seeking to do with her "E-Vilify" programs and anti-employer witch hunts, or locking them up in concentration camp type conditions, as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was doing under INA Section 287(g) until Secretary Napolitano recently tried to yank that particular rug out from under him. Why has America moved so far away from the spirit of Justice Brandeis (whose above dictum was actually followed as recently as 1980 by the 9th Circuit that is so despised by restrictionistas)? The answer is simple: We are now, effectively, a partly Latino nation, with Spanish as a de facto second national language. Is this such a terrible thing? The purchasing power of Latinos in the US is estimated at close to a trillion dollars, if not more. Is impoverishing Latino communities really the best way to pull America out of a deep recession?
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
The SPLC and others who "love" to falsely accuse entry restrictionists
and patriots of hate just got a big boost as BO signs the 'hate crimes'
bill into law which adds federal crime enhancers to any crime against:
race (except caucasian), color (except white), religion (except
christian), national origin (except American), gender (except male) and
sexual orientation (except heterosexual). Such builders of Babel and
Babylon should not leave out God who is the greatest hater of all as we
read in Proverbs 6:16-19 about the six things "doth the Lord hate" and
Psalms 11:5 where He "hateth" the wicked or 9:17 where the "wicked shall
be turned into hell". Re: the Letters of
10/30/09 ID, in the D. Murray critique about Bible references, the words
are mine, but the "implications" are his letter's own, as I originally was
responding to an ID article by a pro-entry writer who used scriptures.
It seems to be ok for other letters to use them, but not mine. It is the DM letters continual pointless critiques of others and the mindless name calling of the RY letters that adds nothing to the debate. To answer the questions of R. Algase's letter, it is in the interests of US to deport illegals, any sad details of which are entirely upon the head of the
trespasser. The R. Yang letter now praises US and the Founding Fathers
which were severely trashed in the past for stealing lands, being
hypocrites and illegal entrants, etc. No mention as to any transfer of land titles to their "rightful owners". No one denies that competition is a fact of life, but trade policies should be in favor of and protecting of US, not foreigners, banksters, special interests and
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