The religious tolerance that has made America the Golden Medina for millions of Jews is being wiped away by the faux religiosity of Donald Trump in the name of fighting terrorism.
For a man who admittedly attends church rarely, our new president is trying to define America as a Christian country and to emphasize his Christian faith at the expense of America’s reputation as an ethnic melting pot.
In coming days he will be nominating a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court who he promised will be “good for Christians.” Not good for America, not good for the Jews, nor for Muslims (who he has singled out for special persecution) or good for all faiths, but “good for Christians.”
As if to define that, he assured anti-abortion demonstrators in Washington last Friday that he is not only with them (in 1999 he was “very pro-choice,” but political expediency has been Trump’s true faith) that they “have my full support” and his Court nominee will as well. The Right To Life movement is largely dominated by the Catholic Church and the evangelical churches.
Friday was also the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp and observed as International Holocaust Memorial Day. The Trump White House was apparently unaware the occasion had anything to do with the slaughter of 6 million Jews
The President marked the occasion with statement about the “horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror,” but never once mentioned anti-Semitism or Jews. By contrast, last year Barack Obama, who Trump spent years trying to delegitimizing as a Kenyan-born Muslim, went to the Israeli embassy in Washington and spoke of the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and attacks on Jews in many places.
It was on that day of remembrance of the evils of religious bigotry that Trump chose to issue an executive order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the United States for at least the next three months. He targeted Muslims — men, women and children – and made a notable exception for Christians
He singled out immigrants, refugees, tourists and other visitors from seven Muslim states — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — in the name of fighting Islamic terror but conveniently omitted those countries which have produced the terrorists most responsible for killing Americans.
it be a coincidence that Trump has business interests in many if not all of those countries he excluded but not in any of those on his blacklist, namely?
The conservative Cato Institute points out that not a single American was killed on U.S. soil by citizens of those countries between 1975 and 2015, according to the New York Daily News. During that same period, however, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by citizens from the excluded states, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Turkey.
The 9/11/01 attacks were planned and largely carried out by Saudis, notably Osama Bin Laden and 19 of the hijackers. Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda headquarters was in Afghanistan, where he was protected by the Taliban as well as intelligence forces of neighboring Pakistan, where he had sanctuary until caught and killed by an American Seal Team.
Hezbollah, an Iranian backed terror group, has been responsible for killing hundreds of American servicemen and women in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing as well as anti-American terror attacks around the world. The deadly bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires in 1992 is one more example of their work. Today they dominate the Lebanese government, have more power and arms than the Lebanese Army, are on the State Department terror list, and yet Trump doesn’t put their Lebanese followers on his blacklist.
Numerous Jewish organizations condemned Trump’s Muslim blacklist not only for its blanket ban on refuges but for the president’s decision to issue it on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Among the most vocal was the Anti-Defamation League, which called Trump’s immigration policy “a sad moment in American history.” It vowed to “relentlessly” fight the policy. Mark Hetfield, head of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, called it “repulsive” and “incredibly offensive.”
Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance, spoke of the need to “stand up to those peddling xenophobia.” Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, said, “NCJW opposes any actions to reduce refugee resettlement, including measures that would discriminate based on religion or nation of origin.”
In a shameful moment of obsequiousness compounding the insult to the 6 million, the Republican Jewish Coalition tried to blame the controversy on Trump’s political enemies. Fred Brown, a RJC spokesman, said it was “outrageous” to point out the president’s omission and a “partisan” attempt “to try and settle scores.”
RJC apparently has adopted the advice Trump got from his mentor Roy Cohn, ” Never apologize, never back down, never admit you were wrong.”