Muslim Ban, Terrorism Ban: What’s the Difference?

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President Donald Trump Friday signed an executive action that instituted new vetting procedures “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.”

“We don’t want them here,” Trump said in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon before signing the order. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.

“We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.

“We will never forget the lessons of 9/11 nor the heroes who lost their lives at the Pentagon,” Trump said. “They were the best of us.”

Of course, the critics are predictably calling this “racist” and unfair. But the last time I checked, race is an unchosen fact of one’s genetic makeup. Religious and ideological choices are not.

You can be Muslim, and you can change your mind. You can also be a Communist, a Nazi, or a lover of freedom and liberty and change your mind. You can be a Democrat and decide you’re a Republican, and you can be a Republican and decide you’re a Democrat. Either can become Independent.

No, the government of a free country should not care what your religious or ideological positions are—unless those positions are known to advocate overthrow of that free country’s government and/or the destruction of innocent people. Islam’s leaders routinely stand behind such actions, and in virtually every known incident of terrorism Islam is the energizing force.

I’m sick to death of hearing about “peaceful” Muslims. My own ideological positions include the idea that the initiation of force—whether by government or private entities—is always wrong. I consider myself a Jeffersonian advocate of individual rights. If someone with these same Jeffersonian positions went out and started chopping off heads, blowing up buildings and threatening to undermine a civilized population’s way of life, you’d better believe I would do everything in my power to condemn those actions. Instead, most Muslims remain silent, even in places like America where they’re free to speak their minds.

If progressives and others are so concerned about the feelings and rights of Muslims, they ought to put their energy (along with George Soros’ money) into encouraging these supposedly peace-loving and freedom-loving Muslims into opposing everything the terrorists acting in their name have been doing for decades or longer.

Critics of President Trump also claim it’s wrong to single out people trying to enter the country because of their ideology. But why is that automatically and always wrong? If they subscribe to an ideology that seeks to undermine and/or overthrow the very country they’re entering, then why shouldn’t that country’s government try to protect the innocent from them? Calling this “racism” would be like calling the police racist for trying to arrest and prosecute people of a particular gang or crime organization known to be dedicated to activities legitimately labeled as criminal.

Things have reached a state of irrationality so deep, and so widespread, with the self-annihilating political correctness soaking our culture that it’s now considered insanely extreme for a President of the United States merely to state the obvious and do what any rational government would do under the same circumstances. Shame on America for permitting itself to get to this point. But cheers to Americans who have finally said, “enough is enough.”

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