American exceptionalism says that because of our history and government, we are superior to other nations.
One has to question such exceptionalism and any sense of national morality after reading the executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
This order is exceptional in its conflation of Islam with terror, neglect of American values, and utter moral bankruptcy.
Equating the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims with terrorism is unconscionable. Between 2001 and 2016, 123 Americans were killed by Muslims; in that same period, over 240,000 Americans were murdered by non-Muslims.
We have a problem with violence, but not from Muslims.
This order is fear-based, not fact-based.
If America once welcomed the huddled masses, that day seems passed.
Although America “makes no law respecting an establishment of religion,” apparently valuing religions equally only applies sometimes.
Refusing to admit people based on their religion, and insidiously, suggesting that we will prejudice our acceptance towards Christians, is wrong.
Lastly, this order is exceptional in its injustice.
Turning away refugees and others from countries we have helped destroy is immoral.
America has led the world in acceptance of the world’s refugees; would we undo that legacy now?
If we abandon our values and responsibilities so easily, how can we claim to be exceptional?
May we find the better angels of our nation’s founding principles, and advocate for a change to this dishonorable order.