A national spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign claims Trump’s proposal for a ban on Muslim immigration would not be “religious discrimination” because you don’t “have the freedom to kill Americans just because it’s based on your religion.”
Discussing Trump’s calls for a “complete and total ban” on Muslims entering the United States, Katrina Pierson, national spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, explained to Liz Wheeler on One American News Network that the ban would not be unconstitutional or un-American, declaring:
It’s absolutely not religious discrimination.
One of the things that we keep hearing is that it’s not constitutional, it’s un-American, etc., etc., freedom of religion. But I have to tell you, I’m not sure that anyone in this country agrees that you have the freedom to kill Americans just because it’s based in your religion.
Pierson is wrong. A ban on Muslims is by definition religious discrimination. To argue otherwise is to engage in the most absurd Orwellian doublespeak.
As for the U.S. Constitution, according to most constitutional experts, Trump’s Muslim ban is “unconstitutional” and constitutes a “religious litmus test.”
And while the proposed ban is technically not “un-American,” the proposed ban does exemplify America at its worst, and is reminiscent of white supremacist and xenophobic attitudes and arguments that made possible such shameful acts as the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, as well as the Japanese American internment camps and the turning away of shiploads of Jewish refugees during World War II.
Last month the GOP presidential front runner said he is open to registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, something Nazi Germany did to Jewish citizens leading up to the holocaust (Hitler’s Third Reich required Jews to wear a yellow badge resembling the Star of David).
In addition, Trump was calling for the closure of mosques back in October, long before the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Adding insult to injury, Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is working. A new national Monmouth University poll released today (Monday) shows Trump at 41 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters, his highest level of support and widest lead of any national poll yet this election cycle.
Bottom line: A ban on Muslims is religious discrimination. To argue otherwise is to engage in the deceptive and manipulative use of language that George Orwell warns of in his seminal work, 1984.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
– George Orwell
H/T Right Wing Watch – Watch Trump’s spokeswoman below –