What happened to the melting pot?

Does anyone but me remember the “melting pot” theory? Basically, it stated that as immigrants came to America they assimilated into our culture. This was taught in public schools (at least in Monroe and Haynesville) into the early 80’s. Then it disappeared.

What replaced it? Multiculturalism and the salad bowl.

We all know that the United States of American was founded primarily by white Europeans combined with an influx of many nationalities. Most conservatives that I know certainly have no problem with immigrants from any country – as long as they come to America legally to join our value system.

Multiculturalists argue that the customs and cultures of varied ethnic groups should be preserved. There is a problem with that.

As Geert Wilders argues, we should learn from the history and fall of Rome. Multiculturalism will slowly and insidiously decimate a society.

In other words: multiculturalism holds that the state should not promote a leitkultur, which immigrants have to accept if they want to live in our midst. — Geert Wilders: The Winston Churchill of Our Time

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Here is the reality. Personally, I have no problems with anyone coming to America as an immigrant as long as they go through the legal route. I also have no problem if immigrants want to maintain cultural ties to their original homeland. After all, I preach regularly about the “values and customs of the south.” I do have a problem when the cultural ties become the public-facing philosophy of an indivual.

Don’t like our typical American values? Fine. Leave.

You came here looking for something better and for a chance at success for you and your family with our typical values of hard work and equality? You are welcome with open arms.

Wilders goes on to discuss the issues with multiculturalism and Islam. What he says should be heeded.

Indeed, the premise of the multiculturalist ideology is wrong. Cultures are not equal. They are different, because their roots are different. That is why the multiculturalists try to destroy our roots. — Geert Wilders

The influx of Islamic culture to America is not primarily because they believe Western society is superior. The words of leaders can speak for themselves. The influx is to slowly destroy Western culture and replace it – just like Rome.

One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory. — (former) Algerian President Houari Boumédienne

There are tens of millions of Muslims in the European continent today and their number is on the increase. This is the clear indication that the European continent will be converted into Islam. Europe will one day soon be a Muslim continent. — Colonel Gaddafi

Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change. — Gholam Hossein Elham – Minister of Justice of Iran

Do we want a society where the values of immigrants are accepted as equal to our own? There is reason that the American Exceptionalism theory has started to come back into vogue.

Where do we go from here? Good question.

The embers are growing

“It is the duty of Muslims to react,” said Mohammad Mukhtar, a cleric and candidate for the Afghan parliament in the Sept. 18 election. “When their holy book Quran gets burned in public, then there is nothing left. If this happens, I think the first and most important reaction will be that wherever Americans are seen, they will be killed. No matter where they will be in the world they will be killed.”

qur'an is our law - death to obama

Yesterday, I posted about the Koran burning in Florida, and the resulting rage from Muslims. I also pointed out the hypocritical response of many in the media and our government.

Today, the message is becoming clear. We now have Muslims chanting death threats to Obama. Of course, I’m not a political fan of Obama, but death threats to a US President? I understand the symbolism of burning the Muslim holy book; however, it’s one little preacher with a congregation of 50. It’s not the US military burning the books. It’s not the US government ordering the burning. I’d even guess that the vast majority of US citizens oppose the actions.

Death threats and violence though? Killing all Americans?

What Jones has done is put a magnifying glass squarely on the extremism in the Muslim world – and it’s not just a small percentage.

Stark burning differences

“Are you willing to have the blood of soldiers on your hands by this demonstration?” – CNN’s Kiran Chetry

Associated Press - Afghans burn an effigy of Mr. Jones during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul on Monday.

Is it just me, or does anyone else see the stark contrast here in the Qur’an (Koran, whatever) burning story?

We have death threats, the FBI, the Secretary of State, Robert Gibbs, General Petraeus responding, suicide bombing threats, threats of endangering troops…see the difference in mainstream Islam versus mainstream Christianity?

If someone threatened to burn a bunch of Bibles or the US Constitution or the Declaration of Independence (symbolically), there would be an outcry, but not of this magnitude. There wouldn’t be the hyper-sensitivity surrounding the issue.

Gen. Caldwell said many Afghans do not understand either the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment or the fact that President Barack Obama can’t simply issue a decree to stop Mr. Jones from his demonstration.

Yeah – right. They do understand it well enough to burn our flag or effigies of our leaders and troops. That excuse doesn’t cut it with me.

I actually agree with the pastor in principle – time to take a stand. I don’t exactly agree with the method though – and it’s not for politically correct reasons either. I could care less if some radical Muslims are offended. I just don’t agree with the symbolism of “burning a book”.

PS: I’m also not comfortable with possibly endangering our troops – but I still agree in principle on drawing a line in the sand.