A REUTERS ARTICLE titled Islamic State can falsify Syrian passports, US report claims suggests that Donald Trump's plan to temporarily ban most non-U.S. Muslims from entering the U.S. might be a wise move, despite liberal cries of unAmericanism.
The "American way," the liberals, in agreement with Obama, seem to be saying, is to open our borders to the enemy. Trump and his ilk are turning American Muslims against their country by temporarily banning additional Muslim immigration, the liberals contend.
IF AMERICAN MUSLIMS WHAT TO CHANGE TRUMP'S rhetoric they might start policing themselves and exposing those Muslims - both citizens and non-citizens in America - who plan to maim and murder Americans of all beliefs.
Unfortunately, many American blacks seem to have the same mindset; don't point a finger at a fellow black who has, or is planning to, commit a crime, even murder. To be fair, neither American Muslims nor American blacks originated the idea of maintaining silence when a member of their religious or ethnic group is involved in criminal activity. Almost all groups - save for the two - have integrated into the national community and have put their community above parochial interests.
Islam apparently is the supreme ideology.
In the Muslim world, ongoing warfare takes the lives of Sunni and Shia, each killing to honor their post-prophet leadership, while the Wahabes of Saudi Arabia lop off heads and other body parts of any Muslim - and often non-Muslims as well - who are "less strict" that their extreme take on Islam.
But when it comes to combating a non-Muslim, differences are put aside and, in America, it is almost impossible to find a Muslim who will report a fellow Muslim - regardless of the Muslim's religious perspective - who is planning carnage in the name of Allah or the prophet.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Who gets credit for that famous remark? Not this scrivener. In fact, not any American. The credit goes to Edwin Burke, an Irishman born in Dublin in 1729!
Burke also is credited with a similarly worded statement:
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Nothing has changed since Burke uttered those words
Both statements are applicable today, and we see the price we pay when good people remain silent, putting a few individuals above the community.
While I know Trump's words are an anathema to Muslims and liberals around the world, until the Muslims in America wake up and elect to become Americans first and Muslims second, his words need to be taken seriously and acted upon.
Muslims in America must decide - are they Americans first or Muslims first? That doesn't mean to give up Islam, but it DOES mean that when a fellow Muslim is planning to commit a crime, that person needs to be reported to the proper authorities.
That admonition applies to blacks, Jews, Christians, atheists; to all ethic and religious groups equally. Until Muslim Americans step up and perform their civic duties, Trump and his followers will have a reason to suggest temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S.
It's the American Muslims' decision.