It now appears that just as he promised in the 2016 race for the White House, Donald Trump will indeed be instituting a registry for all Americans of the Muslim faith. The very idea reeks of Nazi Germany, but Trump cannot be bothered with opinions which are contrary to his own personal insanity.
Earlier this morning on Meet the Press, soon-to-be Chief of Staff Reince Priebus attempted to defend a Muslim registry. And as you might expect, he failed miserably.
It began when host Chuck Todd asked Priebus:
“Can you equivocally rule out a registry for Muslims?”
The eternally weasel-like Priebus replied:
“Look, I’m not going to rule out anything. But we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion. But I think what we’re trying to do is say that there are some people — certainly not all people, Chuck — there are some people that are radicalized. And there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.”
“Doesn’t President-elect Trump agree with (National Security Advisor) Gen. Flynn that fear of Muslims is rational?”
That caused Priebus to inadvertently admit how unworkable a registry would be:
“He believes that no faith in and of itself should be judged as a whole. But there are some people in countries abroad that need to be prevented from coming into this country. I think that’s where 99 percent of Americans are at.”
So let’s consider this hypothetical: A young man who lives in Great Britain and has never traveled to the Middle East but has become radicalized via online means decides he wants to travel to the United States and carry out an act of terrorism. Is he allowed entry since he’s coming from a friendly country? And if he isn’t allowed in, did you exclude him because he had a name that somehow sounded Muslim or because he freely admitted he practices Islam? What if he has the name Mike Anderson and says he’s a Christian just so he can pass the screening question?
The loopholes in such a clearly ludicrous policy are obvious. And then there’s the whole matter of discriminating against people based on their religion, if you can indeed determine what their religion is. The loser who blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City was a Christian. How do you prevent people such as him from committing acts of terror?
Trump and his advisors have no real policy. They just want to try and rule the United States through fear. And they will fail.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org