“WASHINGTON — It was at a campaign rally in August that President Trump most fully unveiled the dark vision of an America under siege by “radical Islam” that is now radically reshaping the policies of the United States.On a stage lined with American flags in Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. Trump, who months before had called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration, argued that the United States faced a threat on par with the greatest evils of the 20th century. The Islamic State was brutalizing the Middle East, and Muslim immigrants in the West were killing innocents at nightclubs, offices and churches, he said. Extreme measures were needed.”
These are just clowns, they are hate-mongerers, and wannabe fascists. The ends justify the means.
Here are some eloquent comments I support:
As a Muslim American active in my community, I sense that President Trump and his people lack the ability to understand religion, culture and complexity. Though they bring showmanship and ambition to the table, they also behave like the proverbial bulls in a china shop. Or, given international relations, literally the China shop. They are dangerously unsuited to their roles.
For a short while other authoritarians will be impressed, and we are already seeing this. Some fellow Americans will feel as if something is being done. But the analysis is all wrong. Reform does not come through humiliation. Trump will create alienation and distrust and perhaps this will spur another cycle of violence.
Many Muslims in the USA would like to progress, but we differ in our approach. That said, the so-called reformists that support Trump and that have cooperated with the well funded Islamophobic movement are reactionaries and opportunists. Their negativity does not encourage support for pluralism and rule of law and human rights that the Muslims nations require instead of authoritarian leaders.
The Islamophobic industry works to blame all Muslims for the sins of a few extremists. As a Muslim I wish to share responsibility for helping to heal the world from narrow minded readings, tribal feuds & petty politics. How to proceed when so much mud is thrown?
We see the dark cloud of hate and fear moving closer and engulfing us. How will we work together when we are blind with confusion?
I am more likely to be murdered by a white man with a gun or, even, a toddler with a gun than by an radicalized Muslim terrorist. 20,000 Americans die prematurely from air pollution. But we’re banning Muslims and telling polluters that they need not worry about pesky regulations. And don’t even bother trying to talk about the problem of guns. The people who are running this country are irrational or they do not have our best interests at heart. Unless Americans resist at every turn, we are doomed.