Murtaza Hussain

GOP front runner Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is racist, discriminatory, and a betrayal of American values. It’s also very popular among Republican voters.

Exit polls conducted by ABC News on Super Tuesday show that more than 60 percent of GOP voters in five states favor Trump’s proposed ban. In Alabama and Arkansas, that figure rises to nearly 80 percent. Trump won seven of the day’s 11 state primaries.

That kind of support is generating alarm.

“When you open the door to defining what religion isn’t sufficiently American, does anyone think it’ll stop with Muslims?” says Haroon Moghul, a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. “Trump himself is dangerous as a candidate, but his proposals now open the door to people who are even more dangerous.”

Source: ABC News

Trump first announced his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States last December. In a statement issued at the time by his campaign, Trump promised a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” until the government “can figure out what is going on.” He later reiterated this proposal in the face of public outcry, emphasizing in a speech that his policy of banning Muslims would continue “until we find out what the hell is going on.”

And his position now enjoys widespread support, even among Republicans who voted for other candidates. Many of those who supported Trump’s proposal actually voted for his main rival, Ted Cruz.

Even “establishment” candidates like Marco Rubio have gone on recorddescribing discrimination against Muslim-Americans as a “fiction.”

And it’s not confined to the Republicans. A Fox News poll this December showed that even among Democrats there was broad support for the measure — as long as it was not identified with Trump himself. Some 45 percent of those polled favored banning Muslims when the plan was not identified as originating with Trump. When Trump’s name was mentioned however, support dropped to 25 percent.

“When people in positions of power articulate extreme opinions, they make it even easier for ideas on the margins to become respectable,” says Moghul. “In the eyes of some, policies like these could even start to look desirable.”




  1. “GOP front runner Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is racist, discriminatory, and a betrayal of American values.”

    This opinion is very prevalent, but I see most people simply stating it as fact. Maybe I’m not being reasonable, but it seems to me that more justification of the opinion is needed.

    I guess I can see this point of view:

    One particular group is attacking Americans. Though not everyone in that group is an attacker, all attackers are part of the group. If we have the ability to determine if someone is a part of this group (which I admit is questionable in the extreme), wouldn’t it be possible to 100% stop any incoming attackers by preventing anyone in the group from entering?

    There are other factors at play, obviously, such as the degree of the threat vs economic disadvantage. If we want to discuss the efficacy and need for such a policy, that makes a lot of sense to me. Personally, I don’t think such a policy would make any sense at all.

    It bothers me, however, that we can’t even discuss the possibility of implementing such a policy because to do so is racist.


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