Love Muslims, Don’t Punish Them

“There is no bad religion, there are only bad people.” 
~ Morgan Freeman

Donald Trump is at it again, spewing discriminating words out of his mouth like vomit. He said that, in light of recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, CA, Muslims should be barred from entering the United States “until we figure out what the hell is going on.”

That is just flat-out blasphemy.

What’s also blasphemy is the fact that half the state governors, if not all, reject the idea of allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to their states.

The government doesn’t have the license to punish the majority of Muslims for the crimes Islamic extremists committed against the innocent people of the United States and abroad between 9/11 and today. Just because al-Qaeda and ISIS killed people for the sake of living out their twisted interpretation of the Quran, doesn’t mean the rest of the Muslim population is gonna follow through. In fact, many American Muslims have reported suspected acts of terrorism to law enforcement–more often than the CIA ever did. Muslims have condemned the heinous acts committed by al-Qaeda and ISIS because they do not reflect the actual teachings of Islam, which is to live in peace and harmony with all humanity. Hence, prohibiting all Muslims from entering the United States from Syria, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East is unjustified.

I’m pretty sure Franklin D. Roosevelt received a shipload of criticism for enforcing the interment of Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

If we really exposed ourselves to the cultures of our neighbors, we would open our eyes a lot wider and tolerate them more.

They say that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. That old adage doesn’t apply to ethnic groups.

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