The Washington Post today condemns President Trump’s loose talk about banning Muslims. The report is that the judges who held up the ban are using his words from the campaign to establish intent for the executive order submitted for the ban on immigration of the sever Muslim-dominate countries.
Media reporting in this country has muddled the issue in my mind and so maybe in the minds of many here. I just posted a couple of videos from Eric Allen Bell who was sent to investigate the building of a mega-mosque in Tennessee. His investigative work changed his life and his political views. From him I take some clarification which makes sense. The problem is not a Muslim problem. The problem is an Islam problem. Per Eric many Muslims do not believe all of the Qur’an. Other Muslims on the other had know that the later writings of the prophet encouraged violence and that take those verses literally. That is a minority. Worldwide the minority who take a more radical view of the Qur’an is approximately 25% of Muhammad’s followers.
Thus, when the Post writes: “They cite his August speech advocating screening out people ‘who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.‘” “They,” are the judges who “rejected” President Trump’s executive order on banning Muslims. Stand on Sharia law is one criteria for entry into our country which is a serious flag for anyone entering.
My view is that we should not ban Muslims. We should ban those who have threatening views that go counter to our principles, the US Constitution including the Bill of Rights and our way of life. President Trump said as much in his campaign, that we have to “figure out what is going on.” The criteria could be quickly derived and implemented. There is not a need for country-by-country ban. However, those coming from territory held by ISIS may need further vetting in my view.
Islam presents other challenges. What we have seen in America and Europe is that Imam’s are the source for physical jihad and converting Muslims into active jihadists. I don’t have an answer for how the country assesses Imam’s who are in the USA. But, I know that some Imam’s are a source for radicalization of those hearing their teaching.
At Ramadan I’ve visited a local musjid along with other non-Muslims. Muslims are very hospitable. The Imam at these visits made many anti-American statements. That Imam has since left and I don’t know the current Imam. But the rhetoric of the former Imam was potentially inciting.
So, the problem IS Islam and the writings of the prophet. The issue is what is the ideology of the Muslim who is coming to America. To keep the peace and tranquility and to form a more perfect Union, the country needs a method to address the entry of anyone who opposes safety, peace and tranquility and who could disturb the peace and tranquility.