Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Political Distraction

Republicans aren’t helping the fight against religious extremist, who are trying to kill Americans by criticize our Commander-in-Chief for not using the phrase “radical Islam.”  What would be accomplished by calling terrorist “radical Islamists.”  Calling a threat by a different name doesn’t make it go away.  It’s merely political distraction.  President Obama has made it clear how extremist groups have perverted Islam to justify terrorism, and has called on American Muslims, and Muslims around the world to work with his administration to reject that twisted interpretation of their religions.

For seven and a half years, Obama has know the enemy, and thousands of those terrorists have been killed.  He ordered our Special Forces to take out bin Laden and they’re presently on the ground in both Iraq and Syria.  Our intelligence and law enforcement officers have spend countless hours disrupting terrorist plots.

The enemy is claiming that they speak for over a billion Muslims through- out the world.  They want our government to imply that we’re at war with the entire Muslim religion, because that would validate their propaganda.

Although the Orlando and the Fort Hood killers were American citizens, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump wants to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America.  

Should we start treating all Muslim Americans differently, because of their faith, and subject them to special surveillance?  That type of solution would make us less safe because it fuel the notion that we as a nation hate Muslims.  Young Muslims in our country and around the world would feel that no matter what they do, they're going to be under suspicion.  It makes Muslim Americans feel like their government has betrayed them.

The Bill of Rights makes it clear, that we don't have religious tests for people coming to America.


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