A hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, nation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other designated sector of society. According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a hate group’s “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”
Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims entering United States
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized.
“We have no choice,” Trump said at a rally in South Carolina, warning of more Sept. 11-style attacks if stern measures are not taken.
The Rest of the Sane World’s Response to Donald Trump’s Ban on Muslims
The world reacts to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering U.S.
December 8 at 9:44 AM By Annie Gowen – washingtonpost
NEW DELHI — Leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States was widely condemned around the world Tuesday.
Citizens, commentators and politicians slammed Trump’s latest controversial statement, calling it hate speech and a disturbing sign of Islamophobia in a country rattled in recent weeks by large-scale terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
The billionaire developer and reality television star released a statement Monday calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Later Monday, Trump, 69, read the statement out loud at a rally in Charleston, S.C., where an enthusiastic crowd greeted him with cheers and chants of “Trump! Trump!” and “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”
“We have no choice. We have. No. Choice,” Trump said, with a shake of his head. His statement may be politically incorrect, he said, “but I don’t care!”
The heated rhetoric left many Muslims feeling bewildered, scared and angry. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, for example, Syrians stranded in overcrowded, cold refugee camps said they worried that rising xenophobia could further complicate their hopes of seeking asylum in the United States.
“How can a country that always talks about human rights and freedom do this or even consider this?” said Bourhan Salem, 32, who fled to the Bekaa to escape the violence around his home in Syria’s Daraa province. “Do they know what we have suffered?”
Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s official religious body, issued a statement that condemned Trump for “hate rhetoric” that “will increase tension” in the United States, which is home to millions of Muslims who are “peaceful and loyal American citizens.”
And in Kabul, a property dealer named Timur Shah said Americans need to “rise up” and prevent Trump from becoming their leader.
“None of us deserve him. What he says is harmful for all of us and will help the Islamic State and fanatics on all sides,” Shah said.
In France, where the ruling Socialists are in a pitched election battle with a far-right anti-immigrant party, Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday wrote on Twitter that “Trump, like others, stokes hatred and conflations: our ONLY enemy is radical Islamism.”
Valls’s implicit comparison was with the National Front party, which is poised to seize power in local legislatures around France in runoff elections on Sunday. National Front leader Marine Le Pen has seized on fears of Muslims and terrorism to create a potent ballot-box force even as mainstream voices in France have promoted moderation.
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron joined British politicians from all parties in condemning Trump’s remarks. While it is rare for a British prime minister to comment on contenders in the U.S. presidential race, Cameron’s spokeswoman said he “completely disagrees” with Trump’s comments, which he regards as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.”
Cameron’s spokeswoman told reporters: “The prime minister has been very clear that, as we look at how we tackle extremism and this poisonous ideology, what politicians need to do is look at ways they can bring communities together and make clear that these terrorists are not representative of Islam and indeed what they are doing is a perversion of Islam.”
When asked if Cameron would be willing to meet Trump or whether he could be banned from Britain, his spokeswoman declined to answer, saying the questions were “hypothetical.”
Trump’s call also drew reactions from journalists and editorial writers throughout Europe and in Israel, where he is due to arrive for a visit later this month. Israeli columnist Chemi Shalev said the sight of the crowds cheering Trump evoked the early days of Nazi Germany.
“For some Jews, the sight of thousands of supporters waving their fists in anger as Trump incited against Muslims and urged a blanket ban on their entry to the United States could have evoked associations with beer halls in Munich a century ago,” Shalev wrote in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz.
Trump’s comments were widely covered in the European media, with many outlets wondering if he went too far this time. The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung ran an editorial with the headline, “How Donald Trump is betraying America.”
London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper called the statement a “bombshell” even by Trump’s standards. The Guardian wrote that he was “further out of the mainstream than he has been at any point since announcing his candidacy.”
Trump’s comment garnered worldwide reaction on social media as well.
In Brazil, acclaimed journalist Patricia Campos Mello shared a Slate story on Trump on her Facebook page and commented: “There is no way for this guy to get more dumb.” One of the commenters responded, “There is, wait and see.”
One Saudi Arabian woman, Naveen Malek, said in a tweet: “We are facing a Third World War these days. The new leaders of intolerance are people such as Trump and the French far-right.”
Trump has bolstered his popularity with a series of increasingly controversial remarks — on women, Hispanic immigrants, the disabled and Muslims. Yet he has remained solidly atop national polls among Republican presidential candidates since July, according to Real Clear Politics, except for a brief period in early November when he and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were in a statistical dead heat.
Conventional political wisdom long expected him to fade from the race after an early peak, but he was defied such theories so far, prompting one Republican political operative to write a memo earlier this month detailing “the Trump phenomenon” and urging Republican candidates to adopt the “best elements” of his “anti-populist agenda.”
“Trump has given voice to the rhetoric of hatred which has always been in the American society in some form or another. Sometimes the hatred is for blacks, sometimes for communists. Today it is Muslims,” said Shahid Siddiqui, a former member of parliament in India, who edits the Nai Duniya Urdu newspaper and is the co-founder of a group called Inter-Faith Peace Foundation.
For more: https://goo.gl/unfBNC
Government ‘may exclude’ Donald Trump after 565,000 sign petition calling for UK entry ban
Home Secretary Theresa May warns that she ‘may exclude’ people from UK entry after US Republican presidential contender makes controversial remarks about banning Muslims from entering the USA
30 Dec 2015 Michael Wilkinson By Michael Wilkinson, Political Correspondent – telegraph
Donald Trump could be banned from entering the UK after Theresa May, the Home Secretary, declared that she ‘may exclude’ people who are not ‘conducive to the public good’.
Banning entry to the UK for the US Republican presidential contender, who remains the frontrunner in the heated contest, has been called for by more than 560,000 people in a petition to the Government.
After reaching 100,000 signatures, the Government confirmed that the petition could be discussed in Parliament.
Now a spokesman for Mrs May has responded officially warning that Mr Trump’s comments, in which he called for a ban on Muslims entering the USA in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, were “divisive, unhelpful and wrong”.
A Terrorism Survivor’s Answer to Trump
He survived 9/11. And now LP Kiatoukaysy is disheartened that the unifying spirit it fostered has been trumped by fear and hate.
Dec 14, 2015 By LP Kiatoukaysy – Perspectives
If a pollster asked Americans who have actually survived a terrorist attack what they thought of the current hate rhetoric from some politicians and commentators what would they say?
I’m a 9/11 survivor. I ran dust covered from debris falling from the south tower after the second plane hit. I saw people die. I saw dead bodies and body parts. I helped a woman bleeding from being impaled by metal get to safety. I watched in horror as people jumped from the burning towers – but quickly turned away because the suffering was beyond what I could manage. My neighborhood was a military zone for six months. I lost two very close colleagues on 9/11. I have also lost a military friend to this so-called “war on terror”. I have, to be frank, suffered and lost profoundly.
Immediately after 9/11 I attended several memorials in New York City and support groups for people who lost loved ones. Everyone did. The love expressed in these groups among people of all different backgrounds was profound, including Muslims who had suffered equally. The moderator asked if our feelings about Muslims had changed. No one expressed ill will or hatred. I am talking about people who just lost a husband, a child, a loved one. Real loss. We all hugged, and cried, and expressed our shared love for America, New York and all New Yorkers.
The optimist in me believes this theoretical poll would reveal most survivors have a balanced view on Muslims. When you have experienced profound loss the need to understand that loss leads to the desire for answers. Why did this happen? What lead to such pain and suffering? In my own desperate search, I came to understand what the Muslim culture and faith is and isn’t.
I understand why there are so many refugees. I understand what these refugees have lost. I know why they are fleeing their countries. I feel their despair.
Donald Trump is no doubt a New Yorker. I’m sure he suffered and lost equally on 9/11. How is it that he has forgotten what it is to be an American and a New Yorker so soon?
For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.kqed.org/a/perspectives/R201512140643
Japanese-Americans Imprisoned For Ethnicity Speak Out In Defense Of Muslims
“It was all based on race hysteria, xenophobia in the past, and you don’t want that to repeat again.”
12/07/2016 05:31 pm ET Jessica Proiz & Kimberly Yam – huffintonpost
Seventy-five years ago on Wednesday, the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into World War II and subsequently ushered in the nuclear age.
It also prompted the U.S. to round up about 120,000 people ― most of them American citizens ― and throw them in prison camps because of their ancestry.
Today, Japanese-American who were incarcerated during World War II are speaking out about how that dark time is especially relevant in the age of President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump flirted with the idea of creating a Muslim registry or database during his campaign for the Oval Office, saying it would be possible through “good management.” Then, a Trump surrogate brought up the wartime incarceration of Japanese-Americans as a “precedent” for creating such a registry.
Though the remarks were widely condemned, Trump had already suggested that he might have supported imprisoning people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Indeed, Trump’s presidential campaign and victory has energized a base of Americans who support racist policies and ideologies.
Trump behavior sends GOP into panicked search for alternatives
08/03/16 10:11PM maddowblog
Rachel Maddow reviews the recent erratic behavior by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the pandemonium both within the Trump campaign and in the Republican Party over how to get 2016 under control.
Khizr Khan spoke of how his son was 1 of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the United States Army combating a suicide bomber
Published on Jul 28, 2016
Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Muslim groups raise $134K for San Bernardino shooting victims, families
Muslims United for San Bernardino was launched one day after the terrorist attack that left 14 dead in California
12/9/15 By Michael Walsh – yahoonews
Muslim-American groups have come together to raise nearly $135,000 for the families of the 14 killed and 21 wounded in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.
Faisal Qazi, a neurologist and president of the MiNDS Network, launched the local fundraising campaign, Muslims United for San Bernardino, one day after the tragedy at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities.
It was intended as a local campaign for Muslim-Americans in Southern California until Tarek El-Messidi, founder of the nonprofit CelebrateMercy, reached out to Qazi and suggested broadening the scope to a national level.
“We care for this country. We love this country. While no amount of money will bring back victims’ loved ones for their families, we hope this will alleviate some of the financial burden for these families,” El-Messidi said in an interview with Yahoo News.
El-Messidi, who has experience with countrywide campaigns, secured promotions and endorsements from major Muslim organizations throughout the United States, including Zaytuna College and Mental Health 4 Muslims.
Within 48 hours, the campaign on LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform focused on Muslims throughout the world, reached its initial goal of $50,000, so the organizers raised the bar to $140,000.
In the wake of the tragedy, El-Messidi said, many Muslims were frustrated and scared that some people were lumping them together with extremists.
Perhaps the most public indication of this was Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The proposal has garnered both domestic and international ridicule, and several prominent scholars challenged it on constitutional grounds.
El-Messidi lamented what he considers the unfair and inaccurate representation of most Muslim-Americans as violent and treasonous in parts of the news media.
“The truth is far from that. Muslims make about 1 percent of America,” El-Messidi said. “We are actively contributing to America and helping to build society. This campaign is one example of how American Muslims are trying to build and not destroy.”
” It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL. Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes — and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that. “
“There are millions of patriotic Muslims in America right now that are outstanding members of their community, that are serving in the United States military, that are teachers, that are coworkers, that are neighbors, that are friends. “
12/7/15 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
White House Press Briefing, James S. Brady Briefing Room, White House
‘The Trump campaign has had for months now a dustbin-of-history-like quality to it, from the vacuious sloganeering to the out right lies to even the fake hair, the whole carnival barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now. The question now is about the rest of the Republican party and whether they are going to be dragged into the dustbin with him. And right now the current trajectory is not good.
Earlier this year, the House Republicans elected to their leadership, somebody [House Rep. Steve Scalise (R)] who famously bragged to a reporter that ‘he is David Duke without the baggage’. Earlier this month we saw the Executive Director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee [Ward Baker (R)] was advising candidates about how they could ride the Trump Wave. And just today -today- the new Speaker of the House [Paul Ryan (R)] said that he would vote for Donald Trump if he is the party’s nominee. Now I know that each of the Republican candidates has taken an oath to support Donald Trump for President to the United States if he wins the nomination. But the fact is the first thing a President does when he or she takes the oath of office is to swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the fact is the what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as President. And for Republican candidates to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump as President that in and of it’s self is disqualifying”
Obama Administration Makes Last-Minute Bid To Stall Trump’s Ability To Create Muslim Registry
The outgoing president rescinded the regulatory framework behind the controversial NSEERS registry.
12/22/2016 10:59 am ET | Updated 1 hour ago HuffingtonPosy
WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration is dismantling an inactive national registry that was used to track foreign visitors from a designated list of countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations. The move represents a last-minute effort by the outgoing president to delay his successor, Donald Trump, from reinstating what critics say would amount to a Muslim registry.
The registry, known as National Security Entry-Exit Registration (NSEERS), was created shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. It required men 16 and older from certain countries to register in person with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and submit to questioning and fingerprinting when entering the U.S. By 2003, the list of designated countries had swelled from a handful to 25, with 24 of them majority-Arab or Muslim.
The Department of Homeland Security is removing the regulatory structure behind NSEERS, effective immediately, the agency said in a statement on Thursday.
The administration of President George W. Bush found the program to be ineffective and stopped using it after only a year and a half. With the program already obsolete by the time Obama entered office, his administration de-listed the countries designated under NSEERS, effectively suspending the program.
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