Here are answers to some of the erroneous beliefs being used to justify President Trump’s ban on Muslims.
1. It’s not a ban on Muslims. It’s a ban on people from certain risky countries. Given that the vast majority of people traveling to and from such countries as Iran and Syria are Muslim, I consider that a specious argument. Trump himself made it clear that this is about religion when he called for Christian refugees to get first priority in coming to America.
2. The ban is necessary to protect us from Islamic terrorists. Since 9/11, none of the few acts of violence linked to Islamic fundamentalism on U.S. soil has been the work of a Muslim who traveled to the United States specifically to commit terrorist acts. Omar Mateen, the Tsarnaev brothers, the San Bernardino couple, and Nidal Hassan, the Ft. Hood shooter, all grew up in the United States. Furthermore, the majority of the 9/11 attackers hailed from Saudi Arabia, a country not on the ban list.
This excuse is a smokescreen to enable the Trump administration to promulgate its xenophobic ideology.
3. The terrorist threat looms large in America. Statistics show that you are more likely to be killed by a toddler than a terrorist. The vast majority of violent actions in the U.S. are perpetrated by ordinary Americans. Maybe we should ban all Americans from America. That might make it safe.
4. President Trump’s ban is like the temporary one President Obama authorized in 2011. Pres. Obama’s order to halt travel from Iraq in 2011 was based on a current, specific, and credible threat of violence. Despite this, legislators regularly and persistently (and rightly, in my view) pressured the president to lift the travel ban. Pres. Trump has talked about his desire to ban Muslims from the country since early in his presidential campaign. His action is based on an ideology, not a specific credible threat.
5. The Left is overreacting. President Trump’s ban is limited and temporary. When a new president appoints as his chief strategist the chairman of a news site favored by white supremacists, any act of discrimination should be looked upon very seriously. In addition to the Muslim ban, candidate Trump had called for a registry of all Muslims living in the United States. If that does not raise your Nazi alert hackles, I don’t know what would.
I’m tired of conservatives implying that liberals are a bunch of alarmist namby pambys. As the saying goes, “Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”
The Muslim ban is a racist, unconstitutional, un-American action. It must not stand.