Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Muslim Exclusion Executive Order

Donald Trump (left) has little love for Muslims too.

On November 19, 2015, Trump announced he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database, or worse, mandating that they carry special identification cards that note their faith.

It reminded me of a time when Nazi Germany implemented the Jewish badge (right) – as The Holocaust Center notes on its website, the Nazi-era edicts that required Jews to publicly identify their faith was "one of many psychological tactics aimed at isolating and dehumanizing the Jews of Europe, directly marking them as being different (i.e., inferior) to everyone else". 

And this served as a prelude to deporting Jews to ghettos and killing centers in German-occupied eastern Europe.

Of course, I am not saying that Trump has ever toyed with the idea of getting Muslim-Americans to sport a symbol (a green crescent?) that would single them out as Muslims. But with Trump, you'll never know, right? He is a wacko  in case you don't know.

And that's not all. He had come out in support of wholesale surveillance of Muslim-Americans and warrantless searches of mosques.

He even praised past NYPD policies that spied on the New York City Muslim community as "great", despite the reality that this controversial program did not yield any leads or even arrests.

And on Friday, President Donald Trump signed yet another executive order.

With a stroke of a pen, about 218 million people from seven Muslim-majority countries (based on 2015 data published by the World Bank) were barred from entering the United States – for a period of 90 days.

These citizens are from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. According to CNN, these countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as "countries of concern".

Trump had talked about these countries as "terror-prone" countries. During the GOP primary campaign, he called for banning all Muslims from the US – a statement he never retracted – before shifting toward calling for banning individuals from countries with terrorist links, though he never identified the countries.

Oddly, the ban does not apply to the nationalities of those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

UK’s The Telegraph had highlighted that the 3 countries are also where the Trump Organization have done business or pursued potential deals. Interesting!

In any case, it is said that this is just a first step toward establishing a broader ban.

It is unclear how many more countries will be added to the list, but a senior White House official said the Trump administration will be "very aggressive" as it weighs how many more countries to add to the list.

The mandate to “keep America safe" has unjustly targeted Muslims, albeit selectively.

If Muslims are to be blamed, then why not enforce a blanket ban on ALL Muslims?
I wonder how PM Najib Razak will respond if Trump decides to do just that.

Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country too. And we also have more than our fair share of IS-influenced militants. Methinks, Najib will likely say “Shit” (“Najis”). LOL!

On Sunday, Celtic set a new club record of 27 domestic games unbeaten from the start of the season and a 22-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table when they thumped Hearts 4-0.

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