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the Constitution is not a Suicide Pact

Reader comment on item: Trump: You Should Ban Islamists, Not Muslims

Submitted by ktchnsnk (United States), Dec 11, 2015 at 19:56

Freedom of religion IS an American value. But no less so than is freedom of thought and freedom from nationality-based discrimination. So unless it was also unconstitutional for the U.S. to ban the immigration of Nazis and communists, or that of Germans and Japanese during WWII, or for Jimmy Carter to deport thousands of Iranian students - your 'constitutional' test fails.

And if a governments most basic responsibility is to guarantee the national safety of its citizens - and not to safeguard the "right" to immigrate to a population of foreign nationals whose allegiance to Western values may reasonably be in question - your 'acceptability' test also fails.

As to 'unworkability' - perhaps the applications of Muslims who renounce Islam or convert to another religion should be considered, they are, after all, at great risk of meeting the "justice" set aside especially for apostolates by their former co-religionists...

In any case, if determining who is or is not a Muslim is difificult, determining who is or is not an "Islamist" would be impossible.

When our government is able to ignore the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi Christians, who are faced with mass murder, beheadings, crucifixions, and having their teenage daughters sold into slavery, and sets aside 10,000 immigration slots for Muslims only (!), our national priorities are dangerously skewed to say the least.

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