Christofascism: Trump’s “extreme vetting” gives preference to Christians while openly discriminating against Muslims.
In a new executive order President Donald Trump makes good on his campaign promise to halt Muslim immigration to the United States.
NPR reports Trump is ordering a “moratorium on any new refugees entering the United States to give the government time to come up with a plan that prioritizes Christians suffering from religious persecution.”
American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order that would target Muslims for “extreme vetting”:
‘Extreme vetting’ is just a euphemism for discrimination against Muslims. Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions. Any effort to discriminate against Muslims and favor other religions runs afoul of the First Amendment.
Karen Ferguson, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, Calif., said Trump’s plan is “tantamount to a Muslim ban.”
Commenting on the executive order, CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto said:
This is a clear religious test since by definition the minority religion in a Muslim-majority country would of course not be Muslim https://t.co/XdnXwcgmUa
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 28, 2017
(This is a clear religious test since by definition the minority religion in a Muslim-majority country would of course not be Muslim)
In short, Trump’s new executive order is institutionalized discrimination and a brazen assault on freedom of religion.
According to most constitutional experts, any Muslim ban is “unconstitutional” and constitutes a “religious litmus test.”
The logic behind Trump’s new executive order is reminiscent of the 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.
In short, 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.
Bottom line: Here comes the fascism.