GOP front-runner Donald Trump is right in that America has avoided the constant string of terrorist attacks experienced by Europe largely because the proportion of Muslims in the U.S. is far lower and thus far more assimilated that in Europe. Allowing large numbers of Muslims into the U.S. would promote far more ethnocultural concentration of Muslims as seen in other immigrant communities.
The creation of expansive self-isolating Muslim communities in Europe has had devastating results for European security. Trump is just expressing the fears shared by many Americans of this type of scenario occurring in America.
From The Hill:
A new poll shows that 50 percent of all American voters support a temporary ban on all Muslims traveling to the U.S. — an idea originally proposed by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
While 71 percent of Republican voters supported the ban, 34 percent of likely Democratic voters and 49 percent of independents also did, according to the new poll by Morning Consult.
Although support for the ban is highest among Trump’s supporters, at 84 percent, there is also support for a ban among those who support fellow GOP candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich — at 65 percent and 48 percent respectively.
Among Democrats, more Hillary Clinton supporters agreed with the travel ban, at 37 percent, versus 27 percent of Bernie Sanders’s supporters.
A “virtual majority” of American voters — 49 percent — also agrees with Cruz’s call for additional law enforcement patrols of Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S., the poll showed.
Seventy percent of Republicans agreed with increased patrols, compared with 35 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of independents.
Almost half of voters — 45 percent — also said they support the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, against suspected terrorists in order to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — another idea touted by Trump.
As for air travel, while Trump certainly oversimplifies the issue by throwing an umbrella across all forms of Islam, I don’t see religious liberties as being somehow impervious to the scrutiny of security concerns. Some ideologies are inherently high risk for radicalization, and Islam, in particular, has a strain of militant Wahhabism or other Sunni-supremacist/Islamist beliefs that make their adherents proportionally much more likely than others to carry out a terrorist attack.
This may be a form of profiling, but it is a simple truth, and we must be willing to face up to this reality. Individuals with affiliations to mosques, groups, or people who profess these ideas should raise a red flag for airport security.
H/T – The Hill
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