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Monday, March 6, 2017

Is America at war with Muslims?

Under our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Americans cannot be at war with religion. We can be at war against terrorism and the sources of terrorism.  Many religions harbor extremists in their ranks who are intent on imposing their will and values on others. That is against the law in America.

There are religious and associated ideological extremists residing in America today in disturbing numbers. They appear to be armed and dangerous as some of them commit violent crimes and hate crimes.

From the facts, we know that some of them are aligned with President Trump and "conservative" Republicans. That alignment happens because politicians want their numbers at the polls, and will tolerate their extreme views to get them. Such action by politicians is tactical exploitation.

Unfortunately, The Republican Party has gone so far to incorporate anti-American values into their platform cleverly. The first part of their Election 2016 Platform appears to be supporting the U.S. Constitution. That is a ruse to set up the introduction of radical and extreme ideas that are misaligned with core values. It does that to exploit the notion that America is a Christian nation.

While many pioneers came to America to escape religious persecution, and many were Christians, The Founding Fathers intentionally did not want to endorse one faith over another as that is contrary to freedom of belief.

Donald Trump's first immigration ban was struck down because the context was a "Muslim ban," by his stated intentions. Now, he has introduced a new ban making it sound more palatable.

However, the context created by his campaign and post-campaign remarks remain, and will be the basis for a legal challenge. The motivation of the illegitimate government is in question.

Trump Signs New Order Blocking Arrivals From 6 Majority-Muslim Countries
March 6, 201711:41 AM ET 
President Trump has signed a new executive order that temporarily blocks visas from being issued to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries, replacing a controversial, now-suspended executive order known as the travel ban. 
Like the initial order signed Jan. 27, the new executive order bars arrivals from specific majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and suspended the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days. It also caps the total number of refugees admitted this fiscal year at 50,000, instead of 110,000. 
But there are a series of differences. The ban announced Monday no longer includes Iraq. It explicitly doesn't apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) or existing visa holders. It will have a delayed implementation — going into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 16. Syrian refugees are not banned indefinitely. And refugees already formally scheduled for travel to the U.S. will be permitted to enter the country. 
The new order blocks people traveling from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Iraq is no longer included because the administration says, it has pledged to "increase cooperation with the U.S." and share more information about its citizens.
A senior administration official told reporters that Iraq has also agreed to the "timely repatriation" of Iraqi citizens in the U.S. who are slated for deportation. As of last summer, Iraq was one of 23 countries considered "recalcitrant" for refusing to cooperate with the U.S. in deporting their citizens. Some countries on that list, including Iran and Libya, are affected by the visa ban; most are not. 
Administration officials left open the possibility that other countries could be added to future visa bans, or that countries currently on the list could be removed.
The new order has a delayed implementation, designed to avoid the chaotic situation created by the initial order with people in transit when their visas were nullified.
It also omits a section about prioritizing refugees of minority religions — the part of the initial order that, as NPR's Domenico Montanaro has reported, "indicates prioritizing Christians," and was one reason the order was challenged as a form of "Muslim ban." 
NPR, the channel that Trump wants to close

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1 comment:

  1. Trump’s new Muslim ban doesn’t fix the biggest legal problem with the policy
    He bragged about how he planned to violate the Constitution.