Presidential candidate Donald Trump took his xenophobia and Islamophobia to the next level today, calling for a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States:
Donald J. Trump called on Monday for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation’s leaders can “figure out what is going on,” an extraordinary escalation of his harsh rhetoric aimed at members of the Islamic faith in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
“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,” said Mr. Trump, the leading Republican candidate for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
“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,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Trump confirmed the authenticity of the statement. Asked what prompted it, Mr. Trump said, “death,” according to the spokeswoman.
While the debate over whether or not Trump is a real fascist continues, one thing is clear: Trump rejects our highest ideals as both Christians and as Americans. The need to denounce his attacks on our Muslim brothers and sisters is clear, particularly, as Fr. James Martin has explained, because Catholics should be very familiar with this type of bigotry:
American Catholics in particular should reject this kind of ugly stereotyping because they themselves–we ourselves–were subjected to this precise kind of stereotyping in past centuries. We were the “Catholic menace,” dangerous because we were controlled by Rome, unfit to be considered good citizens.
The real menace is not a refugee fleeing terrorism or Assad’s barrel bombs or the average Muslim that Trump would bar from entering the country, but the megalomaniacal, bigoted Know Nothing who is the current frontrunner to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.