They create a hubbub about something like, say, reaffirming and further codifying the prohibition against men in women’s restrooms as something harsh and radical. Never mind it’s been SOP for aeons.
Now they’re howling about Donald Trump’s proposal to question immigrants to the US about religion:
Donald Trump—expanding on the provocative anti-immigration ideas that have propelled his presidential candidacy—proposed a new ideological test for foreign visitors seeking admission to the U.S. to ensure that they share “our values.”
In a speech delivered at Youngstown State University in Ohio to flesh out his plans to combat terrorism, Mr. Trump argued that tighter immigration standards are needed to fight Islamic State with the same vigor with which the U.S. fought the Cold War.
“A Trump administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration and we will be tough and we will be even extreme,” Mr. Trump said in a speech that he read from a teleprompter. “We should only admit to this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
Oh, you can just hear the gnashing of teeth in Orange County and the allusions to Hitler pouring out of those foaming mouths. Though, like with HB2, people need to take a deep breath and do a little thinking. Like with dudes in the ladies room, this is something we’ve dealt with before. In fact, here is the US Citizenship and Immigration Service’s web site:
[…] Under United States law, a refugee is someone who:
- Is located outside of the United States
- Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
- Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
- Is not firmly resettled in another country
- Is admissible to the United States
A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. […]
Oh, yes. In order to determine whether someone fits the category of refugee, you need to know their religion. The last sentence of that excerpt would lead a reasonable person to think: If you have partaken in the throwing of gays from rooftops, the stoning of women, the beheading or burning of Christians, the hijacking of airplanes, the detonation of explosives after screaming ‘Allah Akbar,’ or the shooting up of a night club packed with infidels (or even celebrated anyone who did any of that), you don’t qualify for refugee status.