The father of one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in the ten years that followed the 9/11 attacks, took direct aim at Donald Trump Thursday night during a speech at the DNC, suggesting the GOP presidential candidate brush up on the Constitution.
“If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” said Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun S. M. Khan, was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004.
Not true. Donald Trump, like others, has suggested we should take a closer look at Muslims entering the country. Muslims practice a religion which promotes violence against non-believers. The effect has been to bring down civilization in Europe, particularly in Germany and France, where Muslims enter the countries by the tens of thousands, and some of them go on to practice violence against innocent citizens (including other Muslims).
Stating the obvious — that we ought to take a closer look at Muslims entering the country, instead of blindly and unconditionally letting them in — is not the same as saying there should be no Muslims.
Would the world be a better place without Islam? Unquestionably so. But it’s out there, and we have to deal with it. Government cannot get into the heads of people to tell them how to think, feel, believe or not believe. Government cannot choose someone’s religion for them, and should not try. Government should not have a position on Islam, but government should definitely have a position on the murder of others; and almost all the orchestrated murder of others today is done in the name of Islam.
“Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future.”
With his wife at his side, Khan then said, taking out a pocket copy of the Constitution, “Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution?”
He also told Trump to visit Arlington National Cemetery and look at the graves of soldiers of all faiths, crying out, “You have sacrificed nothing!”
Sacrifice? What about the loved ones of the families who lost their lives in Orlando? Or San Bernardino? Or 9/11? Those brutal attacks were launched in the name of Islam. More are unquestionably coming. Doesn’t the Constitution guarantee the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness promoted by the Declaration of Independence? Isn’t a government’s first and overriding priority to protect citizens from violent attacks?
Since their son presumably joined the U.S. armed forces to defend America and the Constitution, and ended up dying in that quest, shouldn’t these parents of the slain soldier be even more disturbed, if anything, about terrorists who keep butchering innocent people in the name of their religion?
I don’t know about you. But I would not wish to participate in, or associate with, a movement or philosophy where violence is constantly done in its name, so much so that civilization itself is at risk. If I believed that this philosophy really was peaceful and non-violent by its nature and principles, then I’d use an opportunity for visibility like the Democratic National Convention to denounce the violence done in the name of my faith — not denounce Donald Trump.
We’re at war with Islam because Islam is at war with us. The “us versus them” is not the fault of the victims; it’s the fault of the perpetrators. We have to face this fact. Instead, we keep giving Islam a free pass, something we’d never do (nor should do) with Nazis, white supremacy groups, or other cult movements who threaten individual rights.
Much of the left-leaning media positively cooed and fawned over these parents of the slain U.S. Muslim soldier speaking at the Democratic convention. It’s an appeal to emotion grounded in evasion. The parents won’t say what their religion stands for. Our refusal to stand up to that ideology makes their son’s sad death all the more futile. Because we’re never going to win in the battle for civilization, not so long as we refuse to name our enemy.
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