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Friday, December 11, 2015

A Conservative Voice To Counter Trump's Fear Of Muslims

I am not a big fan of Russell Moore (click here for a bio). Neither am I one who strongly opposes him. In my opinion he says some good things and some bad things. But his latest article that opposes Trump's stated desire to ban all Muslims from traveling in and out of the nation, despite its brevity is encouraging. And it is encouraging because Moore is both a religious and political conservative.

The proposals Trump is considering for Muslims are simply horrible. Not only does he consider it an option to have warrantless searches be applied to Muslims in this country, he is considering having them be registered in a database and to require them to carry  identification should he become President (click here).

The newest Trump proposal, the one Moore is reacting to in the article we are reviewing here (click here for Moore's article), would prohibit Muslims who are citizens of other countries from traveling into the United States until our government understands the current situation. Such a ban would not bar American Muslims from traveling in and out of here though. 

Moore correctly criticizes Trump for the following reasons:
  1. This targeting of people simply because they are Muslims goes against freedom of religion;
  2. Such targeting goes against what one Revolutionary period preach said about including Muslims as those who were to enjoy freedom of religion here--I believe Madison and Jefferson felt this way to though Moore does not mention it;
  3. and, what can be done to Muslisms now can be done to Christians later on.
Moore acknowledges the heavy responsibility our government has to protect its people. He also recognizes how unpopular Muslims can be to some. However, such conditions, in our current time period and situation, cannot justify our government inhibiting religious freedom by targeting those from particular religions. Yes, we are in a war, according to Moore. But fighting that war cannot include attacking people's freedoms. 

This article by Moore is simple and straight to the point. But it also is an important article simply because of Trump's popularity among Conservatives and Moore, who is challenging Trump on this point of banning Muslims from visiting our nation, is both a political and religious conservative. It is an article that is easy to read and can be used to counter conservative arguments that support Trump's travel ban.


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