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Terrorists, Like Other Criminals, Defy the Rules

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Donald Trump supports the idea that immigration and customs officials should ask any migrants or visitors to our country whether they’re Muslim, and if they are Muslims, they should be denied entry.

Why would this make us safer against potential terrorists?

If an extremist plans to perpetrate violence against America and Americans, he (or she) would certainly be willing to lie about his religious affiliation. As former anti-terror prosecutor Andrew McCarthy makes clear, the only people who’d be hurt by asking Muslims to identify themselves, or to register with the government based on their religious faith, would be law-abiding Muslims.

On gun control, conservatives understand that new regulations would only interfere with responsible gun-owners who choose to follow them. We should appreciate the same principle regarding Muslim-Americans: those committed to violence will get their guns illegally, and would think nothing of evading Trump’s meaningless new rules. His proposals aren’t just ugly and insulting to patriotic Muslims; they’re profoundly stupid.

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Senator Patrick Leahy just added an immigration law to a nuclear safety bill that will probably pass into law tomorrow. Can’t ask religion questions now. And of course they have no history to vet either so we must allow them free access to America. Makes perfect sense. I’m sure republicans will say nothing, go into hiding and pass the bill because it will be too important not to pass. Gosh darn, Barrach fooled us again. Shucks. More spending, cut nothing, vote party line Obama, open borders – if only we could get majorities in the House and Senate. Here’s a topic Michael – Why have a Republican Party?

    • Becky  •  Dec 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      In the past year I have asked myself this question many times. Why have a Republican party? I think I’m through calling myself Republican and I haven’t given any money to the RNC since George W. Bush’s first term. In fact I’ll go out on a limb here and say my desire is for Trump (or
      Cruz) to win the nomination not just because of the issues but to also STICK IT TO THE ESTABLISHMENT! Watch em pee their pants if one of these guys is the nominee.

  2. Bob DeWitt  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Many humans are not religious. But for those that are, religion represents the core guiding principles of their lives. At least that is what they like to say and I think it’s true for many.

    Therefore, to not be able to ascertain what the core guiding principles of an immigrant to the USA are, to ignore that Islam is a set of such principles in direct opposition to the spirit and letter of the Constitution of the country the immigrant is seeking refuge in, seems the height of stupidity.

    Irreligious people never seem to understand the profound influence religion exerts upon a believer. This is hard to understand since these same unbelievers constantly speak of how religion has killed more people than any other cause (not true). They walk by churches and religious meeting centers and avoid door-to-door missionaries as if they were threatened by exposure to the plague, yet they don’t want to make religion a factor in immigration, where these plague carriers might just buy the house next door?

    Some speak of Islam as needing it’s own “Reformation”. This is a fallacious idea. The Christian Reformation was not a reformation at all but simply a “rediscovery” of what was plainly written in the New Testament, which had been effectively hidden from the masses for hundreds of years by a avaricious religious system that supplanted the faith the apostles preached.

    If Islam had an actual reformation it would look like ISIS as these guys are taking the Koran literally as opposed to the bulk of Muslims who are Muslim in name only. A very good thing, btw.

    What Islam needs is not a reformation but a wholesale rejection of the Koran and a realignment with reality.

    We should be asking Muslim immigrants if they are willing to let go of this barbaric ideology in trade for entrance into the USA. If not, we can assume they will not become an American but only a Muslim living in America.

  3. Jim Bird  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Bob DeWitt,
    Sanity is necessary and you have articulated it perfectly. Thank you.

  4. greg  •  Dec 12, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Michael
    you say there should be no religious test.Muslin is a nationality not a religion.Any way when i brought my wife here in 1983 during the inter view ,my wife to be and i were both asked what religion we were. Catholic.and if we had kids yes 1 daughter 2 years old . they asked is she going to be baptized and raised Catholic,also they asked my wife to be and I are education level,how much money in savings and my income level,where our resident would be and several other personal questions one question being, has my wife ever worked as a prostitute.I was never offered financial aid,food stamps,housing,or any other gov. assistance .I was active duty at the time getting a military salary E-4 so can you tell me what a religious test is.

  5. Lee  •  Dec 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Well Michael you have set out a reason for not barring Muslims from entry into the US, but…you have not proposed a means for managing radical Muslims and keeping them from killing US citizens. So I will assume it is alright with you if we loose a few Americans through assassination from a radical Muslim. After all, at least we did not hurt the feelings of any Muslims. I’m confused why so many people are aghast at the thought of TEMPORARILY halting Muslim immigrants until we can figure out how to prevent a radical Muslim from entering the US. Losing one more American to a radical Muslim is one too many regardless of whose feelings get hurt.

  6. Jim Bird  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    The new “never shutdown govt” bill passed today with massive increases in spending including in “climate change”‘ which is political speak for Obama gives terrorist nations even more hundreds of billions of dollars. That way after he’s out of office (unless he declares himself Supreme Leader” for life) he can make a million per for 20-minute speeches to those same nations as repayment. He learned how to do that from Hillary, our next President or Supreme Leaderess.

  7. Jim Bird  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Why is it ok to breed criminals and terrorists in “sanctuary cities” in America? Oh, how uttering stupid of me; they all vote several times on every Election Day. That was too easy.

  8. Jim Bird  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Speaking of criminals, why does shutting down an utterly corrupt government for a few days, months, forever considered a bad thing? Obama has already destroyed America beyond any recognizable semblance of decency or strength. I think the Republicans have a great strategy though – hide in the shadows and maybe it will go away.

  9. Doug Austin  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Jim, Becky, Bob and Lee, amen and amen. Now if only Michael, the smartest of us here, would tell us how to stop MUSLIM or any other terrorist without violating our rights, and oh, incidentally, what constitutional right does a Muslim, or anyone else for that matter, have to come to the US. Well, the answer to that is simple. Constitutionally NONE!

  10. Chris  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Lee and others ask what is wrong with shutting out Muslims temporarily until we can “figure out what’s going on” as Trump puts it. So we are supposed to believe that we just need a few weeks or months and our leaders will “figure it out?” If it was that easy we would have solved this thing 15 years ago. There is no figuring it out. There is only the need to constantly improve many facets of our intelligence systems. And asking international visitors if they would please let us know if they are Muslim is beyond comical.

  11. Bill  •  Dec 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Michael, that was a very astute observation, comparing gun control rationale with “Muslim Control.” It brings to light the use of this line of thinking by those promoting gun control, who seem to be the same people who disagree with “Muslim Control.” The benefit of having no standards is that you need not even make a pretense of being consistent.

  12. kevin  •  Jan 10, 2016 at 2:39 am

    i agree with michael

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