By David Joseph Kapito
LILONGWE, Malawi – Donald Trump’s recent remarks about restricting Muslims in the United States is a detrimental idea.Trump’s remarks automatically undermined freedom of religion, which is not only part of the United States Constitution but is also found in the United Nations charter. The charter says everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
That includes the freedom to have the beliefs you choose.
Remarks by Trump, a leading Republican candidate for president in the U.S., pose a threat to the welfare of Muslims, whether American Muslim or not. His remarks can led to stereotypes against Muslims.
Philosophically, Trump’s remarks fall under a hasty generalization fallacy. If one car can cause death to many people in an accident it doesn’t necessarily follow that all cars are bad. If that were true, then cars could have been banned already.
If some Muslims kill a lot of people through terrorism it doesn’t necessarily follow that all Muslims are terrorist. Should we conclude that no Muslims also die as victims of terror?
Trump’s remarks reveal that he holds a perception that all Muslims are likely terrorism suspects, but it is not correct believe that all Muslims who are about to migrate to the U.S. are likely to be terrorists.
As a Christian, I have once interacted with Muslim brothers and most of them have been peaceful and always against act of terror.
As a sovereign nation, the U.S. has the right to protect itself. It has the right to set precautionary measures in order to protect all citizens. It has power to control migrants.
The U.S. has the power to identify a strategy to make those measures effective rather than rely on Trump’s idea to question someone’s beliefs or religion as a potential threat.
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