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Banning Muslims immoral, unworkable

December 17, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on moral grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, put it, "It's not what this country stands for."

It's also right to criticize Mr. Trump's exclusion on constitutional grounds. The first words of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights - before guaranteeing the freedoms of speech, the press, assembly or petition - prohibits Congress from establishing any official U.S. religion or from stopping anyone from practicing their religion here. Therefore, the nation cannot discriminate against any religion when it comes to admission or anything else.

But Mr. Trump's idea is bad for another reason: It wouldn't work.

Mr. Trump has called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," either to live here or just to visit. He seems to think that would keep Islamic terrorists from sneaking into our country to kill Americans.

Why not just stop everyone entering the country and ask them if they plan to engage in terrorist attacks? Getting terrorist infiltrators to confess that is about as realistic as believing that, if Mr. Trump's ban is implemented, they will admit they are Muslims.

"Who, me? No, I'm a devout Christian. I left (insert name of country where Islamic terrorists have operations) to get away from those crazies."

The New York billionaire has achieved political success by offering simplistic answers to complex questions. His new idea is simple, too - in the most unflattering meaning of that word.

 
 

 

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