European Immigration Crisis: are countries ready?

“Nothing has changed in 25 years to ease my concerns about Islam – Significant numbers of Muslims see a faith-run, faith-defined state as the ultimate goal in this life, by Charles Moore of The Telegraph. Published on September 12, 2015.

After reading Charles Moore’s latest article, I have been left with a somewhat better view on the immigration crisis that has been buzzing around in the news. Moore’s article specifically touches on how the crisis specifically impacts the United Kingdom: how big of a culture change could take off in our society?

Moore begins his article with a controversial quote by Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, in which he states that Hungary should be able to decline refugees. Moore builds, supportively of course, on Orban’s statement with a literary anecdotes in which Moore crafted a paper that predicted that the differences in religion would make immigration difficult. Unfortunately, his paper was mightily criticized, as he used an irrelevant anecdote regarding his Muslim neighbors and inadequate knowledge regarding Islam. The author learns more about the religion, supporting that many British people don’t know that Muslims, Christians, and Jews worship the same type of god (Allah, Yahweh, God). However, the author acknowledges that his audience could probably counter-argue this fact by citing the cultural differences present in Islam: formation of Muslim school districts, the dissolution of homosexuality protections and recognitions by the government, and also the devaluing of women in politics. This time around, I actually think that Moore proves a valid point: while the structure and foundations of various religions are similar, the cultural differences contradict each other. Finally, I noticed while Moore speaks in a friendly and neutral tone, his stance indirectly supports Orban’s statement.


6 thoughts on “European Immigration Crisis: are countries ready?

  1. Hey Harrison,
    I also liked how Moore kept a neutral tone but still subtly included his opinion. He also did a good job of establishing ethos by mentioning his past mistakes and how he tried to rectify them and by sharing some of his knowledge as proof.


  2. Harrison,
    The immigration crisis is something that I’ve been hearing about in the news, but I didn’t really understand it. However, I now understand it a little bit better! Like you, I also noticed that although Moore wrote with a pretty neutral tone, his opinion on the topic was still able to be heard. I also like how you pointed out how Moore acknowledges counter-arguments.


  3. Harrison,
    Moore did seem to be silently in support of the prime minister, but he also seemed to acknowledge the problems that refusing immigrates from a specific origin could cause. Moore’s analysis of the ability of people to mesh with Muslims in society is upsetting and unfortunate, but its true. In my own opinion it is not the association with terrorism that makes people uncomfortable, but the idea that Muslim belief denies rights to women and discriminates harshly against other religions or things they see as wrong, like homosexuality. This non-existant tolerance makes people uncomfortable, and it the association with terrorism only makes the unconfortable become afraid.


  4. Harrison,

    It was nice to read this post and not have to wonder about a million different political aspects that went into its making, but without politics, religion is usually the next best hot topic. I enjoyed your rhetorical findings and I agree that Moore’s tone is more friendly than harsh.


  5. Harrison,

    Though the cultural differences between British and Muslim populations do contradict, I found it interesting how the author mentioned the ignorance of the British towards Islam faith. Does the writer provide logical support for this statement, or is it just a stream of consciousness?


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