The Open Borders Crowd at the WSJ Gets Religion


Wall Street Journal`s
Editorial Page
has long been notorious
for making a


Open Borders.
Now it has tried to enlist religion on
the side of its

. On Aug. 12th, the WSJ`s free
, ran an essay by the deputy
editor of its "Taste" page, Naomi Schaefer Riley,
called "Welcoming
the Stranger:
Faith-based groups say it`s time to
reform immigration."
(In WSJ-speak,
means "more of the hair of the dog that
bit us."

Ms. Schaefer Riley writes:

Turk, the director of religious affairs at the Islamic
Center of Southern California, believes that Muslims,
"as people of


, have to protect those in need of protection."
And his religious community is practicing what it
preaches, most recently

helping several families

Bosnian refugees
to resettle here.

Isn`t it wonderful that Mr. Jihad
Turk is importing more people like himself into America?
In fact, I think the U.S. should try extra hard to
attract from the

Muslim world
more gentlemen just like Mr. Turk, men
whose parents chose as their monikers, out of all the

first names
in the world, "Jihad."

"`Family reunification should be the cornerstone of
immigration policy,` says Mark Franken, [send him

], executive director of migration and refugee
services for the

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."

Uh, if family unity was so
important to these immigrants, why did they

abandon their families

move to America
in the first place? And couldn`t
they now reunify their families by going home? If
living near

is so important, perhaps family
reunification should be the cornerstone of



devo bhava:
Look upon the guest as God.` That`s the

principle that should guide our policies
toward immigrants in this country, says Suhag Shukla,
legal counsel for the Hindu American Foundation."

Maybe I`m just crazy, but for some
reason I think American principles should guide
our policies toward immigrants in America.

Yet, perhaps we could learn
from Hindu-dominated India about a sensible immigration
policy. As Peter Brimelow discovered, if you inquire
about immigrating to India, the first thing you`ll hear
from the Indian consular official is,

"Are you of Indian origin?"

[VDARE.COM NOTE: This means
“Do you have Indian blood?`—not “Where were you born?”]

Further, India, under both the

Hindu nationalist BJP
and the currently ruling
Congress Party, has been building a fence along its
2,485 mile border with Bangladesh to keep out illegal

India Daily

has categorically made it clear that it will not
tolerate illegal immigration into India and covert
militant bases in Bangladesh that try to export
terrorism into India."

Nonetheless, if we are going to
adopt Hinduism as our guide, we should show it the
dignity of not tendentiously distorting its meaning for
political benefit the way this Wall Street Journal
employee does. An immigrant is not a guest
because the defining feature of a guest is that,
eventually, he goes home. Also, most are specifically

Ms. Schaefer Riley continues to
misrepresent the meaning of "guest" and
throughout her essay: 

Episcopal Migration Ministries works with the U.S.
government to resettle between 2,500 and 3,000 refugees
a year. `No story in the

New Testament
fully expresses the belief in
hospitality as well as the story of the

good Samaritan
,` says C. Richard Parkins, the
organization`s director. He cites other biblical
injunctions as well, like

Hebrews 13:2:
`Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have

entertained angels unawares

does that "entertaining" consist of?"

Good question. Bad answer:


Catholic Church,
it involves helping immigrants
learn English, find

homes and jobs,
and get their children enrolled in
school. Many

religious groups

legal aid
so that immigrants can bring relatives
over as well."

In other words, making them
permanent residents rather than temporary guests.

According to the authoritative

Vine`s Concise Dictionary of Bible Words
however, the ancient Hebrew hospitality described in
the Bible, while generous, was

distinctly circumscribed in duration

oriental lands, and still in some countries of belated
civilization, it was and is felt to be a sacred duty to
receive, feed, lodge, and protect any traveler who might
stop at the door… The

present practice of the Arabs
is the nearest
approach to the

ancient Hebrew hospitality.
A traveler may sit at
the door of a perfect stranger and smoke his pipe until
the master welcomes him with an evening meal, and may
tarry a limited number of days without inquiry as
to his purposes, and depart with a simple " God be with
you" as his only compensation." [Emphasis mine.]

Ms. Schaefer Riley continues:

Parkins, harking back to Hebrews once again, argues
`every person who is resettled here sends a message that
there are still nations and communities willing to
receive the stranger unconditionally.`"

In truth, West Asian hospitality
has always been complicatedly conditional. For example,

among the Pathan tribes near the

Khyber Pass
in 1897, the young

Winston Churchill observed

family cultivates its vendetta; every clan, its feud…
For the purposes of social life … a most elaborate code
of honour has been established and is on the whole
faithfully observed. A man who knew it and observed it
faultlessly might pass unarmed from one end of the
frontier to another. The slightest technical slip would,
however, be fatal. The life of the Pathan is thus full
of interest…"[My
Early Life

The most obvious condition is that
West Asian hospitality is reciprocal. It exists to allow
travelers to find shelter in harsh landscapes. In
contrast, as

Alien Nation

most countries
that send us many immigrants do not
welcome American immigrants. Nor does the American
Establishment make any effort to demand reciprocity.

Ms. Schaefer Riley quotes from
other functionaries representing various major
religions, but ignores

less congenial creeds
, such as Voodoo /

, whose

are also

immigrating in large numbers.

The Wall Street Journal`s

Invade the World – Invite the World
policy may soon
help vastly increase the number of

devil-worshipping Yezidi
refugees in the U.S., of
whom there are currently 600,000-700,000 in Iraq. News24
of Cape Town reported on Tuesday:

MP defends Lucifer

"Baghdad – The devil looked in on Iraq`s parliament on
Wednesday when a member of parliament upbraided Prime
Minister Ibrahim Jaafari for speaking ill of Lucifer.
Kameran Khairi Said, a Kurdish MP and a member of the
minority Yezidi community that worshipped the

peacock angel,
also known as Lucifer, angrily
interrupted the prime minister during a parliamentary

Prime Minister and ministers, my speaking out might seem
strange to you, but we feel insulted when you repeatedly
use the expression in your speeches and statements "God
protects us from the devil."`"

For some reason, Ms. Schaefer Riley
forgot to interview any Yezidis …

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