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Opinion: This is a Muslim ban, don’t lie to yourselves

As a Muslim American, the actions and choices that President Donald Trump has made this week are angering, but also extremely alarming. This, while extremely controversial, is very similar to an event that took place in 1939.

A German ocean liner St Louis with over 900 passengers on board were turned away from a Miami port, sending them back to Europe. 254 of those passengers were later killed in the Holocaust. With this, the U.S. also restricted Jewish immigration and instituted new vetting procedures – because of overblown fears that the Nazis might smuggle spies. Sound familiar?

This ban is restricting many refugees from entering safe territory and sending them back to their countries that are in times of war. Sending refugees back puts their lives in danger, and many have already been killed.

In addition to banning Syrian refugees, the president has also ordered a ban of the nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It may be said that this ban will make America safer from terrorists, but remember, between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by homegrown terrorists than by foreign-born extremists. This is a Muslim ban, don’t lie to yourselves. Our religion is OUR business and we have the freedom to practice what we choose, a belief that this country was built upon, a belief that has persuaded millions to leave their home countries and come to the United States of America, the land of the free.

Instead of building a wall to separate us from other countries, build a wall between church and state. We made this same mistake during the Holocaust, denying Jews like Anne Frank into our country; we said how “terrible it was” and “never again”, well “again” is now, so let’s not make the same mistakes we made in 1939.

Let them in.

4 Comments

  • Reply Victoria Valenti January 30, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Well to me 50-50! Who can we trust now days, i just think the people from that country who bomb us in 2001 = you know 911should be banned and ETC. Now the people in USA, most of the parents who weren’t born here and the kids who are born here should stay. Just don’t let no one else until he get things right. It is very very hard to say, even people who are raise here turn there on USA. Now we don’t need Wall anyway! Just as long we don’t have WW111 on our hands.

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  • Reply Sam Goodman January 30, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Ummm….. “never again” refers to the actual Holocaust, not the refugee.

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    • Reply kholanasirr January 30, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      The phrase “Never again” was not referred to the actual Holocaust in this article, how I meant it, directed it towards the way we treated the Jewish refugees by not giving them refuge in our country

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  • Reply unclesmrgol February 4, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Consider that, in Syria, Christians comprise 10% of the population, but only comprise 0.5% of the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States. In other words, the United States, in 2016, appears to have been discriminating against Christians in favor of Muslims. Trump has asked for nothing more than “Affirmative Action” on minority religion admissions. In those areas of strife, the minorities — the most afflicted parties — are Shiite Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis. And with that, I have a question: Out of those you know, how many express sympathy with the aims of ISIS — which is to establish Muslim rule via caliphates and to use the sword to convert or kill those who stand in the way? Polls conducted across Islam indicate that over 30% of your fellow Muslims have sympathy for these people and admiration for the methods they use, even though their main targets have been other Muslims. With that thought in mind, a bit of caution is in order with respect to emigration from those places where ISIS is most active. They have shown themselves quite capable of mixing in with their victims.

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