Does it surprise anyone that a “New survey shows more Americans support Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban than oppose it.”
It shouldn’t, considering that Trump’s fear tactics got him elected. It’s obvious that a majority — a slim majority –in the United Stares are suffering from Islamophobia, including Trump himself.
When Trump signed his executive order last week barring Muslims from various nations from entering the U.S., he reportedly mentioned 9/11 as a factor in his administration’s decision.
Let’s be honest about this: The images of 9/11 haunt much of America — and the world.
And then there are the atrocities committed by ISIS, and its threat to take over the world and murder billions of people in the process.
Of course, Trump’s problem — one shared by many suffering from Islamophobia — is that they see all Muslims as a threat. They forget that Muslims seeking refugee status in America and Canada and other nations are fleeing ISIS. They want no part of that terrorist’s group ideology. They simply want to live in peace in a democratic society.
But how to cure Islamophobia?
Obviously, Trump’s method won’t do it. It will only help groups like ISIS recruit more fighters. “America is at war with Islam,” ISIS leaders will say.
And it sure looks like America is at war with Muslims, at least, Muslims from the countries where Trump has no financial interests, i.e. never mind that the 9/11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia and other countries not on the current U.S. ban list.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might lean to the idea that Trump and company are looking to make war with certain nations now, and that there is a lot of money to be made for arms dealers and others in the United States . . . But, naw, they wouldn’t wage war to make money, eh.
But there is no doubt that the fear of ISIS and Al-Qaida is at the root of Islamophobia for many people in the United States, Canada, the EU and so on.
And that’s exactly what ISIS wanted from the outset: to make everyone afraid, and to sow the seeds of hatred. They want the West to hate Muslims. And they hope all Muslims will rise up and kill all non-Muslims.
It’s not going to happen, of course. And that is the message our leaders need to tell everyone. Don’t be afraid. ISIS will not rule the world. Their days are numbered.
In the meantime, continue practising the golden rule preached by every sage: Brotherly love. That’s what the vast, vast majority of our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world want. That’s what the vast majority of all people want — even those who are blinded by fear and hate.
Deep inside, the vast majority of humans yearn for a world of peace and love.
Don’t let a sick minority poison you.
Photo: President Donald J. Trump gives his acceptance speech on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Source: Screengrab taken by Jillian Page)