Social media is one of the greatest inventions of our generation. It gives everyone a voice — and while most people spend that voice stirring up drama on Facebook, posting about their dinner, or commenting on photographs and videos of cats, a sizeable percentage of Americans use it as a platform to deftly illustrate the founding principles of the Dunning-Kruger effect.
Case in point:
Here’s the text, without the caps lock. Because unlike this woman, I respect my reader’s eyes:
Why is this not being enforced?
Public Law 414 Chapter 2 Section 212 states that “Sharia and Islam is ‘Illegal’ in the ‘USA’! The law was passed, June 27, 1952. ‘The prohibition’ of entry to the ‘U.S.’ if the ‘alien’ belongs to an ‘organization, religion, or cult seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.””This be definition rules out Islamic immigration to the United States!”
That was a lot of quotes within quotes and I apologize for that. If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost think this woman had no idea what the hell she was talking about. But as we all know, Facebook isn’t a place where people regularly pontificate on subject matters they don’t have the barest comprehension of.
Public Law 414 is better known as the Immigration and Nationality Act. This law did pass in 1952, and it was a sort of big deal because it organized all of the statutes of immigration law under one large header.
So, with that in mind, here’s the direct quote from Chapter 2, Section 212, Subsection F, which explains what types of immigrants (here “aliens,” but I’m not a legal expert so don’t expect me to use PC legal terms) are banned and why:
(F) Aliens who advocate or teach or who are members of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches (i) the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (ii) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government, because of his or their official character; or (iii) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (iv) sabotage;
I don’t see anything in there about “cults” or “religions,” do you?
Although if you want to see the real bugbear of the era, you just skip up to the previous subsection, Subsection E:
(E) Aliens not within any of the other provisions of this paragraph, who are members of or affiliated with any organization during the time it is registered or required to be registered under section 7 of the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950, unless such aliens establish that they did not have knowledge or reason to believe at the time they became members of or affiliated with such an organization (and did not thereafter and prior to the date upon which such organization was so registered or so required to be registered have such knowledge or reason to believe) that
such organization was a Communist organization;
My god! Communism? What is this, Fallout?
Furthermore, this law is enforced. That’s why terrorists and suspected terrorists can’t become citizens — terrorist groups like Daesh or al-Qaeda tend to rather neatly fall into the first line of Subsection F. It’s one of those rare instances where the law is crystal clear and there isn’t much room for interpretation.
So naturally, right-wingers pick this section to display their colossal ignorance on the matter.
And that’s before we get into the magnificently harebrained idea that all Muslims are terrorists who have identical interpretations of Sharia law. There are 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world today and six prominent fiqhs (interpretations of Sharia) between them. Most Muslim countries don’t even run Sharia law pure; they mix it with another legal system like civil law or customary law. If all of them wanted us dead, we’d be well and truly boned.
Picking on a single post from one lunatic with a fetish for all caps may seem like a waste of time but it speaks to a broader problem with the right wing. They’ve buried themselves in a bubble of pure ignorance and filled it with made up facts.
But hey, when was the last time a right-winger let a little thing like “being wrong” stop them, huh?