Yesterday, Donald Trump reached a new and disturbing low when his campaign released this statement.
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
He previously said he wanted surveillance conducted against mosques and is open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S.
If enacted, his policy would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution which prohibits Congress from enacting any law that would establish or discriminate against a religion.
His policy smacks of demagoguery and is incredibly stupid and self-defeating.
As of 2010, over 1.6 billion or about 23.4% of the world population are Muslims. By the percentage of the total population in a region considering themselves Muslim, 24.8% in Asia-Oceania do, 91.2% in the Middle East-North Africa, 29.6% in Sub-Saharan Africa, around 6.0% in Europe, and 0.6% in the Americas.
The vast majority of Muslims are peace loving and the Muslim community in the United States is our best ally and source of information about radical jihadists..
A look at polls and studies conducted in the last few years show that Muslims have been crucial in helping law enforcement find terror suspects in the United States. Many have served in the military protecting the country against terrorists. And in many ways, they’re a lot like other everyday Americans.
It’s difficult to come by hard numbers because the U.S. Census doesn’t collect religious data. But the fear of Muslims taking over and imposing Sharia law is unfounded. By some estimates, Muslims make up less than 1% of the U.S. adult population. By 2050, their numbers will grow — to 2.1%. Of all the Muslims in America, 63% are exactly the kind Trump wants banned — immigrants.
While in many parts of the Muslim world, women are confined to second-class status, that’s not the case among American Muslims. Virtually all of them (90%) agree that women should be able to work outside the home. American Muslim women hold more college or post-graduate degrees than Muslim men. And they are more likely to work in professional fields than women from most other U.S. religious groups.
Since September 11, 2001, until the end of 2014, 109 Muslim-Americans plotted against targets in the United States. And terrorism by Muslim-Americans killed 50 in the same time period. Contrast that with the deaths from other mass shootings just last year: 136 – more than twice as many as all the deaths from 13 years of Muslim-American terrorism.
After every terrorist attack at home and abroad, the refrain rises, “Where is the Muslim condemnation?” American Muslims have spoken out — and done much more.A Duke University study found more terrorism suspects and perpetrators were brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of the Muslim-American community than were discovered through U.S. government investigations. And a Pew survey found that roughly half of U.S. Muslims say their religious leaders aren’t speaking out enough against Islamic extremism.
Trump sounds more and more like Adolph Hitler in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He demonized Jews blaming them for all of Germany’s problems.
We must not venture down this path again.
Donal Trump is extremely dangerous.