If a religion is so powerful that the strongest nation on the planet is afraid of it, I think I should reconsider my atheism. Membership has it’s privileges, as the old commercial goes. There must be something to it, if it can cause the world’s greatest democracy to toss aside all of it’s ethics and laws, it’s history, and the promises made in a treaty* signed all the way back in 1797. We’re not afraid of Christianity, but, boy-howdy, are we quaking in our boots over Islam!
The Trump campaign promised to require registration of Muslims, after cutting off immigration from certain countries. I’m sure someone will pipe up with “the registry only applies to immigrants from certain places”, but as anti-government agitators love to remind us, government programs only get bigger. We can be sure that, even if implemented as only requiring immigrants to register, it won’t be long before the alt.right will demand that ALL Muslims be registered. Hopefully they won’t go as far as requiring crescent patches or tattoos, but with this bunch I wouldn’t rule out anything.
At any rate, such a powerful force must be something to be reckoned with. If it’s enough to do this much (self-inflicted) damage to the United States and it’s vaulted freedoms, we would be foolish not to convert, right?
The Nazis started with registrations and ID patches. We know where that ended up. The United States incarcerated, without charges or trial, 120,000 citizens who just happened to look like the people who attacked Pearl Harbor. Now we face the prospect of our government registering people because of their religion.
If the Trump administration follows through on it’s promise of a registry, I hope there’s a bunch of us that go in to sign up, and flood the program with millions of “radical Islamic terrorists”, or whatever the alt.right will be calling them. Let’s show them what they’re really up against!
That’s one powerful god-force. Or god-fear. Or just simply fear. It’s the politics of a third-world dictator, blown up to super-power status. It’s “look over there! Danger! They’re coming to kill you! (don’t look over here, where we’re taking your money, your rights, your freedoms, and your futures)”. It’s bread and circuses as the barbarians approach, this time from the inside.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves” – President Abraham Lincoln
Ok. So I’m not really going to convert. I no more believe in Allah than I do Yahwah (oh, wait… sorry, that’s the same guy. Abrahamic religions can get so convoluted). Or Odin. Or Santa Claus and the tooth fairy (sorry kids).
I don’t recognize the United States promised by Donald Trump. His promise to “make America Great Again” rings hollow to someone who has always believed we were great, flaws and all. (The battle for LGBT rights and marriage equality exposed a lot of those flaws!) The first week of transition activities reveal a clueless group, who have no idea how to deliver on even the basic functions of assuming power, let alone actually being able to carry out what they promised on the campaign trail.
So far nothing Trump is doing is creating any faith that the next four years will be anything other than one disaster after another, one scandal after another, and the diminished stature of the United States on the world stage. (but Russia will love us, right?)
A minority of voters has sent a clown to the White House, and he doesn’t even seem to want to be there. I would say, “heaven help us”, but… well, you know.
*”Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen (Muslims); and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” – Treaty of Tripoli, 1797