After reading Michael Gerson’s most recent Washington Post column and particularly this passage:
The hypocrisies of our history are startling. A nation dedicated to freedom was a prison for millions of slaves. In the founding era, many towns celebrated Pope’s Day, in which effigies of the Bishop of Rome were cheerfully burned. While Chinese laborers worked on the massive foundation of the Statue of Liberty, Congress tightened the Chinese Exclusion Act, which set immigration rules by race. Even now, some would have those rules set by religion.
But how do we even know these are hypocrisies? It is because they are revealed by the light of the Declaration of Independence. America’s founders set a principle in place that has judged and changed cultural practices for more than two centuries. It is primary to our national identity.
I have some questions. Is it hypocrisy to have immigration rules that bar people who reject the “American creed”? How about those who reject American “national identity”?
As throughout our history most of those who come here do so for economic reasons and are at best indifferent to our national creed or identity. But what if they’re actually opposed to them?