Profiling Muslims is a bad idea and it’s unconstitutional

In his OpEd yesterday in the Washington Post titled, Trump’s special version of Jim Crow — for Muslims, Eugene Robinson wrote,

On Sunday, “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson reminded Trump that last year he had raised the idea of “profiling” for Muslims and asked him to elaborate. Trump’s response: “Well, I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country. Other countries do it,” he said, naming Israel, and “we have to start using common sense.”

Reuters reported late last week,

Muslim-Americans have repeatedly informed authorities of fellow Muslims they fear might be turning to extremism, law enforcement officials say, contrary to a claim by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week.

“They don’t report them,” Trump said in a CNN interview on Monday, in the wake of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub of 49 people by an American Muslim who claimed allegiance to Islamic State. “For some reason, the Muslim community does not report people like this.”

But FBI director James Comey said, “They do not want people committing violence, either in their community or in the name of their faith, and so some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim.

“It’s at the heart of the FBI’s effectiveness to have good relationships with these folks,” Comey said at a press conference following the Orlando shootings.

In addition profiling Muslims is a violation of the reasonable-suspicion-based-on-articulable-objective-facts test of the 4th Amendment. It also violates the Freedom of Religion Clause of the First amendment.

Donald Trump and his supporters like to base their arguments on “common sense.”

Hogwash. If we relied on “common sense,” for example, we would still believe that the Earth is the center of the universe with the Sun, the planets and the stars revolving around it. We also would believe in magic, the supernatural and witches who consorted with the Devil. In Europe from approximately 1480 to 1650, the Inquisition murdered approximately, 80,000 to 100,000 mostly poor and elderly women for practicing witchcraft. After obtaining confessions through the use of torture, they burned them at the stake.

Since the Age of Enlightenment, we’ve been relying on evidence-based reasoning to question common-sense assumptions about reality. In the name of “common sense,” Trump and his merry band of idiots want to turn back time and recreate the witch craze. He has already promised to use torture to extract confessions. How many Muslims is he going to detain, torture and kill before we the people have to end the slaughter?

Hitler exterminated 6 million Jews less than a century ago.

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. Will Trump exterminate them?

We need to make sure he loses the election.

12 Responses to Profiling Muslims is a bad idea and it’s unconstitutional

  1. Trump’s teleprompter speech today was mostly lies. He’s an unrepentant pathological liar.

  2. This is totally off the topic, buy why is this filing in federal court not all over the news?

    • girlp says:

      They are probably waiting to see how far it goes before even mentioning it. Donald Trumps will sue at the drop of a hat even if it’s thrown out it cost a lot of money to even get a lawsuit dropped. Also, it’s beyond the statue of limitations, she has to fight that first. I would not be surprised if it really happened, NPD’s and sociopath’s are known to be at the very least sexually aggressive (that’s not to say all).

      • This young lady files in federal court, and nothing is mentioned, but Trump spews lies upon lies without any substantiation, and it is repeated over and over through the media. If someone were to file in court something similar to this against Sanders or Clinton, it would be all over the news

        • This is an old case first filed by the victim in CA. It’s been refiled in NY, but it’s beyond the statute of limitations. Whether it will survive a motion to dismiss remains to be seen. She’s alleging his threats scared her. Nothing I’ve said means that I doubt her claim. I think it’s probably true. It’s just that it has some potential proof problems. I think that, and the news about the speeches and the sit-in in the House of Representatives today, may be why it hasn’t made the news.

      • girlp says:

        I hope this gets out, it needs to although I would be surprised Trump seems to sue even when it’s most likely to be thrown out and the press no longer investigates anything anymore.

  3. I’ll be so glad when we get past November and Trump is not president. However, he’s stirred the racist pot to such an extent that I wonder if we as a nation will ever heal from the harm that he’s done.

  4. gblock says:

    Perhaps you should put the term “common sense” in quotes when you use it in a context such as this one. Too often, “common sense” is based on common prejudices and unexamined assumptions.

  5. Rev Bev says:

    Yes, Be Sure…..He is a danger.

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