We get a steady hailstorm of views that Muslims are bad for our country. The damage comes for our President as well as white Christian defenders like Pat Buchanan. It’s as if Islam is a foreign religion.
Hillary Clinton made a remark during the Presidential debates that seemingly has evaporated. It should be repeated at every opportunity, “There have been Muslims in this country since the time of George Washington.” In fact, there were Muslims here before George Washington was born.
It is estimated that about 20% of the slaves purchased and shipped to the U. S. were Muslims. After arriving, they were not allowed to practice their faith. Thus, our information and individual stories about Muslims is scarce.
Though, there might have been people on this continent before the groups we refer to generally as American Indians, we assume the religions of American Indians have the legitimate claim to the term indigenous. Christianity was introduced to Indians at the point of a gun.
Christianity was introduced to Muslim black slaves at the end of a whip. Guns were not used to convert slaves because they had market value which religion did not.
It does not make sense to me that in 2017 we would single out Muslims to be rejected as immigrants when they predate almost every other faith that worships in the United States. Certainly we should be wary of any individuals who appear dangerous regardless of what their religious happen to be.
To demonize Muslims is today’s path to politically popularity.