Trump’s ban targets Muslims, contradicts Bible, logic
Despite his promise of “winning,” President Donald Trump has consistently lost at defending his Muslim ban, and there is no denying that this is ultimately intended as a ban against Muslims.
Trump campaigned on banning Muslims from entering the country, his surrogates admit that’s what the intention is and we’ve seen law enforcement targeting Muslims at airports, regardless of their status as citizens or refugees. Trump has even said that Christian refugees will even be prioritized over Muslims.
First, a secular country shouldn’t make distinctions between religions. The people fleeing war-torn Syria are all equally in danger, regardless of religion. In fact, the biggest target of Islamic terrorists are other Muslims — ISIS is claiming responsibility for an attack in Pakistan that killed nearly 90 people.
Second, there is a history in America of discrimination against minorities in tough times. Look at the Japanese internment camps from World War II. These acts start in fear and misunderstanding, and history shows them to be a source of shame for future generations.
The ban also ignores logic and reason. Experts agree it will do little to stop terrorist attacks. There are no recorded instances of refugees committing acts of terrorism. Of the seven countries listed, none of them provided the hijackers on 9/11. Instead, they came from Saudi Arabia, which has no ban (and likely helps fund ISIS), but does have some of Trump’s business interests. However, right-wing white supremacist terrorism (like Dylann Roof and the people he inspires) is a real danger, yet Trump will reduce investigations into it.
What really upsets me is that these people claim to be Christians and want an explicitly Christian country and government, yet aren’t willing to follow their own holy book. The Bible is clearly pro-refugee, as a simple internet search can reveal.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers” (Hebrews 13:2). “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.”(Leviticus 19:34).
There are plenty more of these verses, both in the Old and New Testament. Even Pope Francis has said “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help.”
I’ve seen plenty on conservative news networks how the lack of Christian principles is what’s ruining our country, blaming atheists and secularists for everything. Yet we’ve seen Trump supporters abandon their alleged religious principles for worldly gain. That they aren’t following the Bible should not surprise anyone. If they want to abandon it, that’s their choice — I just wish they’d stop lying about it and pretending to uphold it.
If we want to be reasonable, decent, moral people, we need to help these refugees. Innocent people are harmed by this, while it fails to do anything to stop terrorism. These people are scared and suffering. They need our help, especially because we’ve disrupted much of their political stability in the first place. It shouldn’t be an “Atheist versus Christian” debate. We should all be on the same side of caring for other people.