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Islam, Islamism and The Keystone Cops

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

Submitted by Dave (United States), Dec 13, 2015 at 10:58

There is a news item which illustrates the difficulties of screening out Islamists. It turns out that Tashfeen Malik, the female jihadi in the SB attack was examined three times by immigration officials, who nevertheless missed reading, or perhaps understanding, her pro-jihadist social media postings. That's hardly surprising given the taboos on explicitly associating Islamic doctrine with terrorism by the Obama administration. How can anyone in authority make the distinction between Islam and Islamism if the willful blindness of political correctness stands in the way? And even if those taboos were lifted by a more realistic administration we would still have the challenges of parsing doctrinal subtleties by government bureaucrats, as well as overcoming the deliberate deceptions (taqiyya) of deceitful applicants. No, it's better to be safe than sorry and keep out all Muslims until we figure this out. Trump is correct, I hate to say.

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And how do you know who is a Muslim? Say a person converts to Christianity just before applying for a visa?

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