Trump said his executive order banning people from seven Muslim countries is not a Muslim ban. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan through his spokesperson said: “This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion.” Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press: “Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m OK with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.” Yesterday Trump said: “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we’re totally prepared. It’s working out very nicel,.”as he disrupted the plans for hundreds upon hundreds of people who present no more threat to American than I do.
Trump’s executive order says its purpose is “to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals . . . “ and “detecting individuals with terrorist ties.” The order applies to “Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.”
Now ask yourself what people besides Muslims are affected by the ban. Let’s take a look at CIA data:
IRAQ: Muslim (official) 99% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian 0.8%, Hindu <0.1, Buddhist <0.1, Jewish <0.1, folk religion <0.1, unafilliated 0.1, other <0.1;
SYRIA: Muslim 87% (official; includes Sunni 74% and Alawi, Ismaili, and Shia 13%), Christian 10% (includes Orthodox, Uniate, and Nestorian), Druze 3%, Jewish (few remaining in Damascus and Aleppo);
IRAN: Muslim (official) 99.4% (Shia 90-95%, Sunni 5-10%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian) 0.3%, unspecified 0.4%;
LIBYA : Muslim (official; virtually all Sunni) 96.6%, Christian 2.7%, Buddhist 0.3%, Hindu <0.1, Jewish <0.1, folk religion <0.1, unafilliated 0.2%, other <0.1;
SOMALIA: Sunni Muslim (Islam) (official, according to the Transitional Federal Chart;
SUDAN: Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority;
YEMEN: Muslim 99.1% (official; virtually all are citizens, an estimated 65% are Sunni and 35% are Shia), other 0.9% (includes Jewish, Baha’i, Hindu, and Christian; many are refugees or temporary foreign residents)
There you have it. Some Christians, Jews, Zorastrians, Buddists, Hindu, Baha’i and other. Now tell me, how many in those groups have terrorist ties or against whom America must protect itself. Has anyone of that group from those lands committed a terrorist act against America or Americans? You know as well as I do that none have. You also know that the purpose of the ban is to prevent Muslims from coming in as Trump promised throughout his campaign.
What makes it so horrid is it is hidden behind the lie that it is ban of people from specific nations because Trump’s lawyers must have told him a religious ban would run into trouble. Tragically the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative has gone along with the lie. Worse, if anything can be worse, almost all of the Republicans in Congress have also gone along with the Big Lie.
The leader of the Nazis wrote in Mein Kampf: “that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie.” His propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels wrote: “The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”
Trump’s lies might be accepted by his dupes as Hilter’s were by his. But like with Hitler, the rest of the world outside his control did not fall for them. Trump has told us – using the words his followers yearned to hear – that we are in a war with Islamic terrorists. No one should doubt that It is the Muslims Trump wants to ban.
Read about the callousness of the ban and how it is tearing families apart, inflicting cruel punishment on innocent people, and accomplishing nothing. But mostly remember the Big Lie is a fascist tool.