Donald Trump's statements on Islam have garnered media headlines; but are they really wrong?
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, March 20, 2016 – If Donald Trump wins the presidency, newspapers across the country can thank him for boosting their sagging circulation numbers.
Controversies will reign down upon us in a daily, perhaps hourly, barrage of criticism and remorse by non-supporters. However, if history repeats itself, and it will, the polarization and disputes will get old very quickly.
It is impossible to write about Trump’s most recent outlandish statement or action because there is no way to keep up with him. The New York real estate billionaire is a stream of conscious machine that says whatever crosses his mind at any given time.
Stepping back a few days, Trump was asked by Anderson Cooper of CNN if he believed the West was at war with Islam.
Trump responded by saying, “I think Islam hates us. There’s something there that — there’s a tremendous hatred there. There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.”
In mere moments, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was incensed and demanding an apology. Surprise, surprise. But that is typical of what a Trump presidency will bring.
Actually, the Republican front-runner was only partially correct in his assessment of Islam because Muslims do not just hate us, they hate everything that is non-Muslim.
Middle East specialist, Raymond Ibrahim, summed it up by noting, “Muslims must hate and oppose everyone who is not Muslim, including family members.” Don’t believe it? Name any other religion that endorses “honor killings.”
For verification Ibrahim uses Surah 60:4 of the Koran to validate his argument. “You have a good example in Abraham and those who followed him. They said to their people: ‘We disown you and the idols which you worship besides God. We renounce you: enmity and hate shall reign between us until you believe in God only.’”
In other words, Trump may have missed some of the finer points about Islamic hatred around the edges but, in general, he was on the mark.
As CAIR was doing its war dance at being “offended” (which doesn’t take much these days), Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch asked whether “CAIR (will) apologize for being an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case – so named by the Justice Department?”
Spencer added that “CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups.”
Spencer then goes on to name multiple CAIR officials who have been convicted of jihad-related terror. But, none of that matters, you see, because Donald Trump said something that “offended” CAIR, and, as we all know, words can hurt.
Another way of looking at it is 9/11/01 when two majestic buildings in New York City toppled to the ground killing 3,000 people. Fifteen years later Americans are STILL waiting for an apology. Yet, when a presidential candidate says that “Islam hates us” that is about as serious as it can be. Get out the scales and see if we can balance that equation.
The art of spin has become the national pastime in Washington. When the nation’s capital airs its dirty laundry, which is all too frequently these days, the “spin cycle” begins. Unfortunately, when it is finished, we still feel dirty because nothing ever comes out clean.
“Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric does not reflect our leadership, but instead reflects a bigoted mindset that only serves to divide our nation and the world,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR.
However, as Raymond Ibrahim observes, “Trump’s assertion that ‘Islam hates us’ is demonstrable by the plain words and teachings of the Koran, by the plain words and teachings of past and present Islamic clerics, and by the past and present actions of Muslims around the world.”
Ibrahim’s words are not difficult to dispute. The Koran is readily accessible in almost any book store in the US. Try finding a Bible in Saudi Arabia.
The Middle East expert concludes his thoughts by adding, “instead of discussing these problematic facts, the powers-that-be are much more interested in portraying Trump as the one who hates.”
Come January, 2017, if Donald Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, controversy will become a daily occurrence.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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