Presidential candidate Barack Obama is no stranger to controversy and, for some odd reason, his positions attract rather than repulse activists of of a Christian-conservative persuasion. The latest, announced today, is preventing Muslims from entering the United States. Here is a statement from the Republican’s campaign:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing ‘25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled,’ agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
“Mr. Trump stated, ‘Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.'”
One would think many Christians should find this type of rhetoric alarming. After all, such a blanket approach is the type of thing that paves the way for the federal government to do the exact same thing to Christians. These type of laws cut both ways and it is myopic to think that such a law could not come back to haunt those of a Christian persuasion. In spite of potentially dangerous approaches by the Trump Campaign, his extreme positions seem to do no harm with the base. It will be interesting to see how voters respond to this latest statement.