Is there no end to the vile racism, xenophobia and lies spread by Iowa Congressman Steve King?
He’s already said that, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and recommended we read Jean Raspail’s virulently racist ‘Camp of the Saints’ (which is also a Steve Bannon favorite).
But now he’s spreading outright lies in praise of Dutch supremacist Geert Wilders (and Israel), saying “This is a message over to Europe, over to the Netherlands and Geert Wilders, who does understand this: The birth rates in especially Western Europe… all of Western civilization, have gone down below the replacement rate, with the exception of Israel, they are the only first world country that has a birth rate higher than their death rate”.
Oh, really? Israel is the “only first world country” to have a positive birth rate?
A short glimpse at the World Bank global population growth data reveals that while Israel does have a relatively high population growth (2%, global average being 1.2%), Luxembourg for example has a 2.4% rate. Sweden has 1.1%, Switzerland 1.2%, USA 0.8%, Denmark 0.6%. It might not all be as high as Israel, but it still makes King’s assertion an outright lie.
Even if one wanted to be really apologetic, and differentiate ‘non-Westerners,’ in for example the Danish case (which Danish statistics do, and they even include 2nd-generation), the total of ‘non-Westerns’ is about 8% now, and the prognosis, including immigration, is that by 2060 the population of ‘non-Westerners’ would have grown by 88%, with the ‘Western’ population growing by 85%.
It’s nonetheless completely understandable that King cites Israel. Although he got his numbers very wrong, the Israel comparison makes his demographic obsession seem somewhat more acceptable. His remarks come at a time when Israeli rabbis go as far as allowing polygamy to counter the ‘demographic threat’; Israeli Centrist-liberal Israeli lawmaker Yair Lapid says that “it would bother me if my son married a non-Jew… It would bother me greatly”; Israeli municipalities run programs to avert contact between Jewish and non-Jewish youth; and Jewish NGO’s seek out Jewish girls in order to “save the daughters of Israel from the claws of the Ishmaelites [Arabs]”. Most recently, yesterday’s explosive report to a UN agency by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley confirms that Israeli government agencies have been involved in systematic “demographic engineering” under an overarching Apartheid policy. This is racial obsession on steroids – no doubt a coveted model for King.
“You’ve got to keep your birth rate up,” says King, “you need to teach your children your values.”
And what are those values exactly, King? White supremacy? Shall we let them read Raspail and teach them to breed like bunnies?