Don’t Let Trump, Carson, Rubio and Cruz Play Into The Hands Of Terrorists
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for widespread discrimination against Muslims. He has declared that, if he is elected President, he will require all Muslims to be registered in a federal government database, to carry identification cards conspicuously declaring their religious status, will use federal law enforcement to shut down mosques, and will give the police authority to presume all American Muslims to be guilty of terrorist conspiracy – to “profile” them. Ben Carson has supported Donald Trump’s plans for a national database of Muslims, and extended them, declaring that Muslim victims of the Islamic State should be denied the rights granted to other refugees. Ted Cruz has expanded Ben Carson’s anti-Muslim plans, proposing that only Christians from certain countries be given the right to enter the United States. Marco Rubio has said that, if he is elected President, he will not only shut down mosques, but will also close down businesses whose owners or customers practice forms of Islam that the federal government’s new religious censors do not approve of.
Last night, Barack Obama offered a rebuttal to these proposals. He advised, “Just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans – of every faith – to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.”