Nothing has changed in 25 years to ease my concerns about Islam

Viktor Orbán is the prime minister of Hungary. It is through his country that very large numbers of migrants from the Middle East and the Balkans now pass. At the beginning of this month, Mr Orbán said: “I think we have a right to decide that we don’t want to have a large number of Muslim people in our country.”

Mr Orbán was fiercely attacked for the motives behind his remark. I do not know enough about Hungarian politics to say whether such attacks are justified. But, regardless of the precise facts about Mr Orbán, I would guess most people in western – let alone eastern – Europe would quietly agree with his general proposition. One of the biggest anxieties about the current immigration is its high Muslim element. Is it wrong to have such an anxiety, let alone to express it publicly, let alone to want to have a system of immigration based on it?

  • kkruger71

    Anyone expressing concerns about immigration is going to be attacked by the usual suspects, and unfortunately they hold most of the megaphones in our society.
    Frankly, though muslims rank high on the list, I don’t want to see huge immigration numbers from any single source with a culture significantly different than our own. Bringing them over in huge numbers stops the need for them to assimilate to our culture and the more different theirs is, the more it changes the fundamental base of the host country. We question and vote on laws and and regulations (in theory anyway) that make up our society, we should be allowed to publicly question anything else that will alter it too.

  • ThomasB

    “It would obviously be wrong, both morally and factually, to say that Muslims are worse than anyone else.”

    Why would it be wrong? The author gives no evidence to support his contention. The ideology of Islam IS objectively worse than other ideologies in any number of ways, including its violence and intolerance of “the other”. Presumably those who are exposed to Islam, whether they were poor human beings initially or not, become “worse” people because of this poisonous worldview.

    “It would be wrong not to acknowledge the contribution most of them make to our society.”

    Another empty unsupported claim one hears all too often – wtf have muslims accomplished, in the west or anywhere else? A ridiculous statement

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “It would obviously be wrong, both morally and factually, to say that Muslims are worse than anyone else.”

    Until Gypsies start slamming airliners into buildings, or New Guinea cannibals start eating the tourists in Times Square, I’ll settle for Musliums being the worst humanity has to offer the west.

    • Xavier

      Hell, we’ve had to invent a new Savagery Scale for ISIS alone.

  • Shebel

    In support of Free Trade— the Liberals should trade ….
    Justin for Viktor.

  • pdxnag

    The horrors routinely inspired by ordinary Islam over the last 14 centuries make it unequivocally a good thing to oppose Islam and expel its ardent Muslim advocates, but also a duty to do so publicly for all to hear.

    Muslims will not defend freedom.

    “a great and ancient religion” – pffft

    “same god” — hog wash, no god

    “It would obviously be wrong, both morally and factually, to say that Muslims are worse than anyone else.” – They advocate for one of the most evil societal schemes humans have ever dreamed up.

    Any good that any “Muslim” has done is in spite of Islam and not because of Islam.

    Horror of horrors, any hint of opposition to Islam would itself cause great evil: “individuals would be unfairly treated, and our nastier fellow-citizens would feel emboldened to persecute and try to drive out Muslims already here.”

    Conclusion: Resistance is itself evil. (So shut up, resistance is futile — submit.)

    (I think it was Anjem Choudary who personally framed the absence of adherence to Sharia in the U.S. as justification under Sharia to engage in “defensive” jihad to impose Sharia. — nutty as a fruit cake reasoning.)

    “An assimilated Muslim is not a contradiction in terms” – insane, give this guy his own private white suit with his name monogrammed on it, he’ll need it for a long time

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Mr. Orban has become the European voice of Jeremiah.