The day is Friday, November 20th, 2015.
At this time, I am watching the presidential campaign closely and with anxiety, because of who the Republican candidates are. I am particularly nervous of Donald Trump being voted into office…
I would like to take this time to bring a very important story to your attention. If this does not shock and horrify you, then you cannot ever claim to have ‘American Ideals.’ Just recently Donald Trump proposed yet another radical solution to the ‘Islam Problem’. He proposed that every single Muslim in this country would have to be registered in a database. According to him, this would be to keep track of people, and to know who was in this country illegally.
Okay, first of all, there are convert Muslims like my mom whose family has been here for generations, she is white. Second of all there are 2nd and 3rd generation Muslims like me and many of my friends who grew up here and have been here their whole lives. THIRD OF ALL, under no circumstance does your religion define your place of origin. Just like my mom, a white woman, can convert to Islam, she could also have chosen to convert to Buddhism, etc. My point is, even if a person is Muslim, they don’t necessarily come from the Middle East. This means that Donald Trump, as usual, is smashing every problem in the Middle East into one giant fear-mongering campaign story. Refugees, ISIS, two separate issues, that may overlap in some instances, but should not be treated with the same solution.
When asked a follow-up question, Donald Trump replied that “Muslims would be obligated to register in the database,” and refused to provide an answer when asked what the consequences would be if they did not. No matter how you spin it, this is a COMPLETE VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS. Trump and his proposed policies are in direct, parallel comparison to Nazi Germany. Religion has no place in the government, and the government has NO RIGHT to track our beliefs and affiliations. PERIOD.
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