Following the San Bernardino shooting on December 2, 2015, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, vowed to ban all Muslims from entering the country.
The United States suffered a terrible attack last week when a married couple, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook, gunned down the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s holiday party at a social service center for the disabled. U.S. officials claim that Malik posted a Facebook status moments before the massacre, in which she pledged her loyalty to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Many people believe that this event is the worst attack on American soil by Islamic extremists since 9/11.
In response to this most recent mass shooting, Trump called for an immigration ban on anyone of Muslim faith, including tourists and Muslims seeking visas. In Trump’s statement, which was released on December 7, 2015, he asserted that he wants to completely stop Muslims from entering the United States until the country’s representatives can “figure out what is going on.” Trump also provided statistics, from the Center for Security Policy, in his statement, which claimed that 25% of the Americans polled agreed that “violence against Americans in the United States is part of the global jihad.” Meanwhile, 51% of those polled believed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Sharia [law].”
Sharia law is the Islamic legal system that bases laws on teachings from the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad. With this is mind, Trump insists that “Sharia [law] authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially woman.”
Trump subsequently stated that “Without looking at various polling data, it is obvious to anybody [that] the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses. Our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that only believe in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to make America great again.”
However, for Trump, “making America great again” includes segregating and discriminating all Muslims. His solution to the ISIS crisis is to generate hate towards the Muslim community. His reasoning though, is flawed, as a religion cannot be responsible for a crime committed by an individual or individuals.
Trump’s most recent vow against Muslims is in line with his other bizarre campaign promises, such as building a wall between the American-Mexican border, and deporting 11 million undocumented workers.
The current President of the United States, Barak Obama, took a different approach to the San Bernardino shooting and addressed the situation from the Oval Office. Obama urged Congress to draft authorization for the use of military force that would target ISIS specifically, stricter gun control, and firmer laws regarding the K-1 fiancé application (the Visa application Malik obtained to get into the United States).
Obama also called upon tech companies to cooperate with law enforcement to in order to “make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.” Mediums, such as the radio, internet, television, and magazines are methods that members of ISIS employ to communicate with people in other countries to encourage and teach them how to commit an attack in their own countries.
Homeland Security is also taking active steps to combat terrorism as they ask Muslim community members to help stop terrorists from recruiting people to launch violent attacks. With this, Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, expressed an important view: “We must not vilify American Muslims. We must not throw a net of suspicion over American Muslims or any other religion. We must not force American Muslims to run and hide and retreat to the shadows.”
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