Donald Trump is under fire once again after recently making controversial comments about banning Muslims from entering the United States. Trump, who stated that the Muslim hatred towards the American people “is beyond comprehension”, is now facing extreme criticism from both Republicans and Democrats alike.
Trump made these statements as a response to the recent San Bernardino attacks which left 14 dead and 21 injured and was carried out by two radical Muslims. He justified his comments with recent polling data collected by the Center for Security Policy which found that 25% of Muslims in America agreed that violence against Americans is justified in the name of jihad. In addition to this shocking number, this poll also discovered over half of Muslims in America thought they should have a choice to be governed according to sharia.
Trump pointed out that sharia law promotes the killing of any non-Muslims, which is why many terrorist groups are able to justify their brutal killings of Westerners.
Many are quick to call Trump un-American by proposing a ban on an entire religious or ethnic group, and some have even gone as far as comparing him to Hitler. However, it’s important to find some validity in Trump’s argument before dismissing them as extreme and un-American, especially in light of this shocking poll data.
The main terror threat the American people face is from ISIS, and although this group is mainly based out of Syria and Iraq, its presence is continuing to grow in the West. One of ISIS’s strategies in carrying out jihad in the Western hemisphere is training jihadists in Syria, and then directing them to travel undetected back into America to carry out these deadly plots.
If Trump were to impose restrictions on Muslim immigration into America, perhaps even restricting Muslims from entering who come from ISIS-heavy areas such as Syria and Iraq, America would be able to defend itself from these radicals landing on our soil. Until some sort of screening program is in place to vet these Muslims before they enter the country, how will we defend ourselves from radicalized jihadists?
Although Trump tends to take an extremist view point on each of his beliefs, maybe its too early for us to write this Muslim ban off as another one of his outlandish comments.