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Arab Americans
Grollier's Encyclopedia ^ | April 21, 2006 | Helen Samhan

Posted on 08/19/2006 6:07:18 AM PDT by CobaltBlue

Arab Americans are as diverse as the national origins and immigration experiences that have shaped their ethnic identity in the United States, with religious affiliation being one of the most defining factors. The majority of Arab Americans descend from the first wave of mostly Christian immigrants. Sharing the faith tradition of the majority of Americans facilitated their acculturation into American society, as did high intermarriage rates with other Christian ethnic groups. Even though many Arab Christians have kept their Orthodox and Eastern Rite church (Greek Catholic, Maronite, Coptic) affiliations, which have helped to strengthen ethnic identification and certain rituals, their religious practices have not greatly distinguished them from the Euro-centric American culture. Roughly two-thirds of the Arab population identifies with one or more Christian sect.

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In light of the fact that many on Free Republic are demanding racial profiling of "Arabs" as part of the War on Terror, I thought the readers of Free Republic would be interested to know that most Arabs in America are Christians.
1 posted on 08/19/2006 6:07:18 AM PDT by CobaltBlue
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In the field of entertainment, Arab American stars have included the actor-comic Danny Thomas, actress Kathy Najimy, and Tony Shalhoub, singers Paul Anka and Paula Abdul, and Casey Kasem, “America’s Top 40” disc jockey. Sports icons include Doug Flutie and Jeff George of the National Football League. Such business giants as J.M. Haggar (the clothing manufacturer) and Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinko’s photocopy stores) are also among the many Arabs who have made their mark in America.


2 posted on 08/19/2006 6:08:39 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue

Good. They still need to be profiled if not just shipped out. This is war, best to err on the side of our safety.


3 posted on 08/19/2006 6:11:33 AM PDT by Founding Father (muslims are enemies of Western Civilization)
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To: Founding Father

Right On Target!
Omitting the hyphen (re Arab Americans) doesn't mean sh!t!
Islam Is Our Enemy!


4 posted on 08/19/2006 6:13:57 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: CobaltBlue
Almost 80% of Arabs in America are Christians.


6 posted on 08/19/2006 6:19:00 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue

I knew it was only a matter of moments before you started getting a bunch of idiotic posts. Yeah, we'll be a lot safer once Marlo Thomas is "shipped out."

I'm really not against profiling at airports, etc. But a good "profile" would never simply be "stop everyone who looks like an Arab."

And one more thing: to all those fringe people bent on rounding up innocent American Arabs or American Muslims--I, and I think most of the real freedom loving Americans, will never allow you to do it.


7 posted on 08/19/2006 6:19:50 AM PDT by zook ("We all knew someone in primary school who had a really powerful magnet")
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To: TonyRo76
Muslims can be of any ethnic stock—Arab, Persian, Indonesian, Filipino, African or even White European.

This is absolutely correct. You can't tell a Muslim by looking at him, nor can you tell one by the name (unless he's named Mohammed).

After we exclude all the men named Mohammed, are we safe?

8 posted on 08/19/2006 6:20:48 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue
The Christan Arab voices are loud and strong in condemning the Islamic Terrorists. /sarcasm

I know of one woman who is speaking out, her life was changed when her mother was taken to a hospital in Israel. Her story is inspiring. But she is rather exceptional.
9 posted on 08/19/2006 6:21:25 AM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: gunnyg

Theodore Roosevelt Advocates Americanism, 1915

... There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.

The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic.

Americanization

The foreign-born population of this country must be an Americanized population - no other kind can fight the battles of America either in war or peace. It must talk the language of its native-born fellow-citizens, it must possess American citizenship and American ideals. It must stand firm by its oath of allegiance in word and deed and must show that in very fact it has renounced allegiance to every prince, potentate, or foreign government. It must be maintained on an American standard of living so as to prevent labor disturbances in important plants and at critical times. None of these objects can be secured as long as we have immigrant colonies, ghettos, and immigrant sections, and above all they cannot be assured so long as we consider the immigrant only as an industrial asset. The immigrant must not be allowed to drift or to be put at the mercy of the exploiter. Our object is to not to imitate one of the older racial types, but to maintain a new American type and then to secure loyalty to this type. We cannot secure such loyalty unless we make this a country where men shall feel that they have justice and also where they shall feel that they are required to perform the duties imposed upon them. The policy of "Let alone" which we have hitherto pursued is thoroughly vicious from two stand-points. By this policy we have permitted the immigrants, and too often the native-born laborers as well, to suffer injustice. Moreover, by this policy we have failed to impress upon the immigrant and upon the native-born as well that they are expected to do justice as well as to receive justice, that they are expected to be heartily and actively and single-mindedly loyal to the flag no less than to benefit by living under it.

We cannot afford to continue to use hundreds of thousands of immigrants merely as industrial assets while they remain social outcasts and menaces any more than fifty years ago we could afford to keep the black man merely as an industrial asset and not as a human being. We cannot afford to build a big industrial plant and herd men and women about it without care for their welfare. We cannot afford to permit squalid overcrowding or the kind of living system which makes impossible the decencies and necessities of life. We cannot afford the low wage rates and the merely seasonal industries which mean the sacrifice of both individual and family life and morals to the industrial machinery. We cannot afford to leave American mines, munitions plants, and general resources in the hands of alien workmen, alien to America and even likely to be made hostile to America by machinations such as have recently been provided in the case of the two foreign embassies in Washington. We cannot afford to run the risk of having in time of war men working on our railways or working in our munition plants who would in the name of duty to their own foreign countries bring destruction to us. Recent events have shown us that incitements to sabotage and strikes are in the view of at least two of the great foreign powers of Europe within their definition of neutral practices. What would be done to us in the name of war if these things are done to us in the name of neutrality?

One America

All of us, no matter from what land our parents came, no matter in what way we may severally worship our Creator, must stand shoulder to shoulder in a united America for the elimination of race and religious prejudice. We must stand for a reign of equal justice to both big and small. We must insist on the maintenance of the American standard of living. We must stand for an adequate national control which shall secure a better training of our young men in time of peace, both for the work of peace and for the work of war. We must direct every national resource, material and spiritual, to the task not of shirking difficulties, but of training our people to overcome difficulties. Our aim must be, not to make life easy and soft, not to soften soul and body, but to fit us in virile fashion to do a great work for all mankind. This great work can only be done by a mighty democracy, with these qualities of soul, guided by those qualities of mind, which will both make it refuse to do injustice to any other nation, and also enable it to hold its own against aggression by any other nation. In our relations with the outside world, we must abhor wrongdoing, and disdain to commit it, and we must no less disdain the baseness of spirit which lamely submits to wrongdoing. Finally and most important of all, we must strive for the establishment within our own borders of that stern and lofty standard of personal and public neutrality which shall guarantee to each man his rights, and which shall insist in return upon the full performance by each man of his duties both to his neighbor and to the great nation whose flag must symbolize in the future as it has symbolized in the past the highest hopes of all mankind.

From Philip Davis (ed.), Immigration and Americanization (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1920)

Back to Proud to be an American

"History doesn't repeat itself - but it rhymes."
- Mark Twain


10 posted on 08/19/2006 6:21:51 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: zook
I, and I think most of the real freedom loving Americans, will never allow you to do it.

Not without a fight, at any rate. I guess it depends on whether there's more people who believe in freedom, or more people who believe that they can tell terrorists just by the size of their nose and the color of their skin.

11 posted on 08/19/2006 6:23:15 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: gunnyg

So let's abolish celebrating St. Patrick's Day? No more "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" pins?


12 posted on 08/19/2006 6:24:14 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue

Freedom Loving Americans???

You mean The Enemy Within--just spit out, don't dance around truth!


13 posted on 08/19/2006 6:25:34 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: CobaltBlue

You might want to take a look at this thread:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1685952/posts?q=1&&page=1


14 posted on 08/19/2006 6:26:20 AM PDT by zook ("We all knew someone in primary school who had a really powerful magnet")
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To: CobaltBlue
... most Arabs in America are Christians.

There are 1.8 million muslims living in America, spread out over all of America. They function as trojan horses, or are terrorists in training.

Coptic churches number 40 in all of North America which would indicate that a figure of somewhat under 100,000 would be practicing Coptic Christians.

Racial profiling is a workable method of ferreting out the muslims, all of whom are potential terrorists. After closer examination the Coptic Christians could be weeded out from the ranks of the evil ones.

15 posted on 08/19/2006 6:28:15 AM PDT by SFCGeraldRTostensen
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To: gunnyg

It's still a free country, and I hope it always will be.

Thus, we are free to disagree.


16 posted on 08/19/2006 6:28:29 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue

Just profiling??Every arab in America should be thankful we did not do to them what we did to Japaneese after Pearl Harbor--they were rounded up,their property seized and then placed in internment camps till either the war was over or their backgrounds checked. No these Arabs should either support this their adopted country(they came here we did not drag them)or get the hell out!!!!!


17 posted on 08/19/2006 6:29:14 AM PDT by alchemist54 ((for those who fight for it freedom has a taste the protected will never know))
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To: zook

Good for you. Dearborn's quite a long way from me, Fairfax, VA. I have Christian Arab-American neighbors, originally from Egypt. Very nice people.

But I don't want to imply that I think non-Christian Arabs are automatically bad people, either.

I don't. I think it's irrational to condemn entire groups of people on the basis of the few.

Unfortunately, irrationality is impossible to refute with logic.


18 posted on 08/19/2006 6:31:44 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: alchemist54

Lynch mob mentality.


19 posted on 08/19/2006 6:32:28 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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BTW -- what do you mean by "these Arabs should support their adopted country"? What makes you think they don't?


20 posted on 08/19/2006 6:34:19 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue
In light of the fact that many on Free Republic are demanding racial profiling of "Arabs" as part of the War on Terror, I thought the readers of Free Republic would be interested to know that most Arabs in America are Christians.

As has often been pointed out, security screening for El Al focuses on profiling and security for El Al ranks amongst the most successful in the world.

The key is common sense.

Even though hundreds of thousands of Americans, such as the late Danny Thomas, have Arab ancestry, they are visibly and audibly Americans.

Our Political Correctness, however, prevents us from giving special attention even to groups of obviously Arab men with Arab Muslim names with foreign accents as thick as three day old couscous.

During the Battle of the Bulge, U.S. troops resorted to racial profiling when English-speaking Germans in American uniforms infiltrated American lines. G.I's grilled other G.I.'s about "who won the World Series in 1941" and "who was Andy Hardy's girlfriend".

Such grilling, however, was reserved for white G.I.'s and black G.I.'s delivering supplies in the Red Ball Express were not treated with such suspicion. It was common sense to suspect that a white guy in an American uniform might be a Nazi inflitrator. It was not common sense to suspect that a black guy in an American uniform might be a Nazi inflitrator.

When in doubt, resort to common sense.

21 posted on 08/19/2006 6:38:44 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Founding Father
So you'd ship out nonMuslims because the are of the same ancestry as many Muslims? You are being racist here, you do understand?
22 posted on 08/19/2006 6:39:29 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: gunnyg

Have you read the article? There are Arabs who are NOT Muslim.


23 posted on 08/19/2006 6:40:18 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: Founding Father

It is not the Arabs that we need to get rid of, it is the Muslims.


24 posted on 08/19/2006 6:40:23 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: TonyRo76

Why even European (nobody is white)? Most Albanians and Bosnians are Muslims and European, while only some five percent of Filipinos are Muslim (there are more Roman Catholics, around 80%, and Protestants (including nonProtestant cultists Mormons, etc.), around 10%.


25 posted on 08/19/2006 6:43:26 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: zook

Some of the freepers posting so far do seem to be definitely racist.


26 posted on 08/19/2006 6:44:29 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: CobaltBlue

It's time, then, for Arab Christian immigrants to the United States to stand up for Jesus Christ, and to tell openly what makes them a Christian and not a Muslim. If most Arab Americans are Christians, this "coming out" would have a great impact! It would likely set many Muslims in the USA back on their heels!


27 posted on 08/19/2006 6:45:39 AM PDT by Free Baptist
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
the they....
28 posted on 08/19/2006 6:47:46 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: CobaltBlue

And just HOW are security personnel supposed to know they are Christians? Do they display some OTHER physical mark that would tell them so? Or do they look like arabs?

It is beyond stupid to NOT profile middle eastern men in the target age- and if they are Christians and good Americans, they will understand WHY.


29 posted on 08/19/2006 6:48:47 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Free Baptist

What does it take to satisfy your demand that they "stand up for Jesus Christ"? Is going to church, reading the Bible, praying, and living according to the precepts of Christ sufficient?


30 posted on 08/19/2006 6:50:35 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Free Baptist

AMEN and AMEN!


31 posted on 08/19/2006 6:52:39 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: 13Sisters76

I'm Christian and a good American, and I don't understand why you're asking what you're asking.

If we target young men, they'll use older men.

If we target men, they'll use women.

If we target people with "funny names" they'll use people with names like Johnny.


32 posted on 08/19/2006 6:52:41 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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33 posted on 08/19/2006 6:58:47 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Is tractus pro pensio.)
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To: CobaltBlue
The assimilated Christian Arabs whose families have been in the US for several generations are not the problem.

But your posted article waxes enthusiastic about - for example - the "vibrant" predominantly Moslem community in Michigan, most specifically in Dearborn. That is the epicenter of anti-American jihadist sentiment where pro-Hezballah, anti-American sympathies have been very much in evidence in the streets, especially during the recent (or current?) Middle East War.

BTW, the article is from the web site of the Arab American Institute, which, it seems, makes no real effort to distance itself from the Islamic fascists (yes, President Bush used the correct term) that are a cancer on their community.

34 posted on 08/19/2006 7:03:08 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Like they say in the Mexican Marines, "el tougho sh!to!"


35 posted on 08/19/2006 7:15:13 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: CobaltBlue

Like the remainder of us Christians, personal evangelism in obedience to the Great commission. And especially at this time, when they can see that they might be identified incorrectly as Muslims, let them publish openly and strongly why they are Christians, and not Muslims. I would be most interested in hearing their testimonies as to how they came to know Christ, and it would be a great witness for our nation to hear their testimonies.

I am not, by the way, seeking any satidfaction for my self or for my own purposes, as your post tends to imply.


36 posted on 08/19/2006 7:15:26 AM PDT by Free Baptist
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To: CobaltBlue
I don't understand the problem with profiling. If all the terrorist crimes were committed by blonde women I would expect to be profiled as I'm a blonde woman. It wouldn't bother me at, after all it's my life that is being secured too. In fact it wouldn't bother me at all if I was one who was searched etc., because they might have some information that a blonde ditz is up to no good.

Seems to me there is a rush to be a victim here. Are we so insecure that we can't stand to admit that some of us come from a stock that is currently causing problems? If so we need to look deeply into the source of our denial. What is the fear, a delay in boarding a plane? Why anyone would be upset by being profiled to protect themselves and their family?

Any Christian that is complaining about this needs to relook their commitment to their religion. It is your fellow Christians who are being specifically targeted by terrorists and you are refusing to help! Ditto Jews. How stupid is that?
37 posted on 08/19/2006 7:18:31 AM PDT by pepperdog
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To: CobaltBlue
As a Christian American, fifth generation, of Lebanese descent, and a true blue small l libertarian/constitutionalist, and as a financial supporter of FR and member in good standing for many, many years, I thank you for your post.

Too often, people use the generic "Arab" to refer to our enemies in the WOT. We are not at war with Arabs. We are at war with Islamic fascists. The Taliban and Iranians are NOT Arabs.

38 posted on 08/19/2006 7:18:35 AM PDT by massadvj
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To: Free Baptist
They could even proclaim to be an atheist and not be a danger to our country.

It is those that want all to be Muslim or die that is the enemy.
39 posted on 08/19/2006 7:23:00 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: massadvj
I have been accused of being a fascist, racist bigot on other threads because of my view that All Muslims have the potential to want to destroy us.

I just want you to know that it is not your nationality that bothers me at all, but the religion of Islam.
40 posted on 08/19/2006 7:28:12 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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"Almost 80% of Arab Americans are Christians."

Sounds like they had been forced to flee their Muslim dominated homelands.


41 posted on 08/19/2006 7:30:23 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: massadvj
As a Christian American, fifth generation, of Lebanese descent, and a true blue small l libertarian/constitutionalist, and as a financial supporter of FR and member in good standing for many, many years, I thank you for your post.

You're welcome. I am both pleased and proud that America is blessed with men and women such as you.

42 posted on 08/19/2006 7:30:29 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: mariabush

I am not suggesting Arab Christians in the United States stand up as Christians to prove their loyalty to the country, or to prove that they are not a danger. Please read the posts again. Key words are words like WITNESS and IMPACT. I believe a more open witness by them would have a great evangelistic impact on the Muslim portion of Arabs in this country.

I am not sure I can agree that atheists are not a danger to our country, but I don't think that athiests, per se, are necessarily the same KIND of danger. I nevertheless uphold any man's right to be an atheist, and I claim my Christian duty to attempt to win them to Christ.


43 posted on 08/19/2006 7:37:27 AM PDT by Free Baptist
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To: Free Baptist

WELL SAID!!!!


44 posted on 08/19/2006 7:44:11 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: CobaltBlue
In light of the fact that many on Free Republic are demanding racial profiling of "Arabs" as part of the War on Terror, I thought the readers of Free Republic would be interested to know that most Arabs in America are

Good point.

A much better approach would be to send ALL non-citizens home.,p> Cancel all their visas; student, tourist, H1B, etc.

Putting Americans First, a winning strategy.

45 posted on 08/19/2006 7:49:26 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (It's about the People Who Count the Votes................. - Wally O'Dell)
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To: CobaltBlue

I actually know an African Christian pastor (an American citizen now, living here) named Mohammed.

I kid him saying, "well I'm glad Mohammed finally got saved!"

You really never can tell.


46 posted on 08/19/2006 7:51:08 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: WhiteGuy

And what happens when foreign countries cancel the visas of Americans working overseas in retaliation?


47 posted on 08/19/2006 7:52:07 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell
And what happens when foreign countries cancel the visas of Americans working overseas in retaliation?

Hmm, let's see. Collapse of the global economy, and a Great Depression that would make the one in the 1930's look like a picnic in the park, for one.

The end of the Pax Americana, for two.

And, possibly, a return to savagery the like we haven't witnessed since the collapse of Rome.

Thank God the people who actually make decisions are using more brain cells than we're seeing exhibited here.

48 posted on 08/19/2006 7:56:30 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: durasell

And what happens when foreign countries cancel the visas of Americans working overseas in retaliation?


Well, we would welcome them home, of course, what else?



49 posted on 08/19/2006 7:56:49 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (It's about the People Who Count the Votes................. - Wally O'Dell)
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To: WhiteGuy; CobaltBlue

Okay, let's try it -- you know, just for laughs.


50 posted on 08/19/2006 7:58:38 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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