Someone asked me a question in the comment section of my last post. For a couple of reasons I declined giving an answer. Later I found this person has commented before, very nicely, as a matter of fact. So upon reflection, I decided to answer here.
I was asked my opinion on the growing Muslim population in my state.
First let me say that I am all for legal immigration. I understand
why people from all over the world want to come here. I have ancestors who came from France, Germany, England, Scotland. Some came as far back as 1635. Others before and during World War I, fleeing war torn Europe. All of them followed the laws of the day and became citizens and earned their keep.
I have zero tolerance or patience for those who think it is OK to jump the border and immediately collect benefits, paid for with my taxes and the taxes of my family. Every one of my children and the older of my grands hold down jobs, pay their own rent, buy their own food and pay for their medical care, whether it be insurance or out of pocket. It would not cross their minds to expect a handout.
I am also totally against open borders. The reasons should be clear after the news stories of crimes committed by illegals including the Iowa college student who has been missing for a month and whose body was found yesterday, murdered by a man who has lived in the area for several years - illegally. One has to wonder just how many terrorists have entered our borders illegally.
As far as the Muslim population goes, I understand that there are some who are peaceful and just want to live out their lives. Sadly, we only hear of the ones who would like to eliminate all who do not believe as they do. We hear of the ones who want nothing better than to turn America into a Muslim nation. They make no secret of wanting the nation to be governed by Shariah Law. And many have no intention of assimilating into our culture.
Here in Minnesota, the Somali Muslims have been welcomed with open arms by Left leaning groups. Some have been convicted for having ties to terrorist groups. Others have amused themselves by chasing locals from parks and lakeside beaches and by going into affluent neighborhoods to harass residents. Many have stayed in the Minneapolis area, settling in a neighborhood now known as 'Little Mogadishu.' The effect on the area depends on who you talk to. Those on the Left will tout the diversity of the area, waxing rapturously about the community. Those on the Right will point out that non-Muslims take a great risk in entering there. I find it interesting that many crimes in that area of Minneapolis that I hear about listening to the police scanner never make the local news.
Other immigrants have been dispersed throughout the state, many to smaller farming towns and communities. As I no longer travel, I can not speak from experience. But I can relate what has been told me from friends who live in those communities. Some say that places like the public swimming pools or recreational facilities are no longer safe for local kids. Other female friends tell me that they cannot walk in the downtown areas of their hometown without being harassed or threatened.
Considering that some of the most horrific terrorist acts here and overseas have been carried out in the name of Allah, it seems to me that political correctness needs to go into the trash bin where it belongs and truth should be told. We are so afraid of offending anyone that we ignore the obvious.
The thing is, those in power here in Minnesota don't give a rodent's behind if I am offended. And I am offended by people who demonstrate by shouting 'Death to America.' I am offended by those who wish to change the culture in my state. I am offended by those who don't want to obey our laws but want their own form of law to be the law of the land. And I am offended by those who insist their religious laws concerning food and prayer be adhered to, here in the land of Lutherans and Catholics, who practice their religions without fanfare and without insisting others do as they do. And I am particularly offended by those who consider a woman without a head scarf to be fair game.
To the person who posed the question, I am sorry I didn't recognize you. I hope this post adequately answers it.
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