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Why I Support a Temporary Ban on Muslim Immigration!

“That’s not who we are” is a common phrase used by President Obama. He usually employs this phrase when he is lecturing the American people who do not agree with his left-wing political policies.

He used it during the one-sided debate that became Obamacare.  And again when the issue of education and national security came to the fore.

Saying “that’s not who we are” gives the President the appearance of taking the moral high ground and is supposed to shut down any and all opposition on whatever subject is being debated.

Needless to say, President Obama has most often used this phrase whenever immigration is the headline.

And nothing seemed to send the President and the Democrats to almost pop a gasket than Donald Trump’s statement that we should impose a temporary ban on Muslim’s immigrating from areas known for terrorism.

Contrary to President Obama’s edict “that’s not who we are”, numerous groups have been denied immigration status during times of war in the last century.

What you may not know is the few times immigration has been denied to citizen whose nations with whom we were in a state of war, was ordered by a chief executive who was also a Democrat.

Steven Mintz, writing for The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History explains,

“The day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt suspended naturalization proceedings for Italian, German, and Japanese immigrants, required them to register, restricted their mobility, and prohibited them from owning items that might be used for sabotage, such as cameras and shortwave radios.” — gilderlehrman.org

By now, most know that President Jimmy Carter, another Democrat, also suspended immigration for Iranians during the hostage crisis in the late 1970s.

Pundits and spin doctors try to defend the contradiction by arguing that former President Carter’s policy was not the same as the current situation.

They nitpick little nuances in the past which do not apply to the current situation and announces the differences to the unknowing public.  And then President Obama reaches for his big gun and declares “that’s not who we are!”

I, for one, would argue that the current terrorist infiltration crisis is more severe than those during the last century.  Why would I make such a bold declaration?

The stated goal of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other Islamic terrorist groups is to kill our citizens.  Their operatives and sympathizers have raped, butchered, beheaded, and committed atrocities against women and children worldwide and they want to bring their murderous agenda to our towns and communities.

Now I don’t know about you, but I love my wife and my children.  And I am willing to bet that Democrats, President Obama included, would sing a different tune if his wife and children were targeted, or even worse, fell victim to a terrorist act.

If Mrs. Obama and her girls had been eating dinner at one of the restaurants in Paris targeted by immigrants loyal to ISIS on the night of November 13, 2015, President Obama wouldn’t sing his favorite tune “that’s not who we are.”

Those of us who love our families know that a temporary ban on Muslim’s wanting to immigrate from war-torn areas like Syria is logical, wise, and the only rational response.

Why?  I will say it again.  ISIS stated that they are integrating operatives to pose as refugees to infiltrate Western countries to carry out the same acts mentioned earlier.

Folks, in reality, until a proper vetting system is in place, a temporary ban on immigration for those from Muslim’s countries which are and which have been a hotbed of Islamic is a no-brainer.

But what you need to realize, is those who oppose this ban, have no brain.  At least that’s the way I see it!

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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