"For some time I have been saying that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over." -Franklin Graham
[This post first appeared on Breaking Christian News] Following the Democratic National Convention, and specifically the speech given by Gold Star father, Khizr Khan, media has blown up with what Khan directed toward Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and how he reacted. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar/via Christian Post)
While I absolutely agree that Gold Star parents—who have had a son or daughter die while serving in the US Armed Forces—deserve the utmost respect, Khan was undeniably making accusatory statements that seemed designed to raise defenses and elicit a response.
How about an objective look at what Khan said...
His first statement was made regarding his son, Captain Humayun Khan's sacrifice to serve, and that "If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America."
This was directly related to Trump's call for a TEMPORARY ban on Muslim immigration from regions that are hotbeds of terrorism, UNTIL they can be properly vetted before entering the country.
Khizr Khan hails from the UAE, not on the list of terror-harboring countries, so it's likely he would not have had a problem coming to America.
(Side note: the UAE actually listed the largest Muslim group in America—CAIR—on its list of terror groups to watch)
The UAE Ambassador said back in 2014, "A successful campaign to defeat Islamist extremism in the long term must confront the transnational networks and organizations that breed and support hatred and violence in the name of religion.
"Backing these support networks and organizations is a sophisticated ideological, financial and communications complex that includes countries, charities, companies and individuals. It uses social media, religious centers, banks and false fronts. It must be choked off through an organized program of better intelligence, more-aggressive law enforcement and tougher sanctions."
Getting back to Khan's speech, he further went on the attack stating that "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims..."
To what is he referring? To the calling of that oh-so-controversial temporary ban?
Actually, if Khan really wanted to go after those smearing the character of Muslims in general, shouldn't Khan be angry at ISIS, Boko Haram, and other Islamic Terror groups whose very existence (not to mention activity) call into question the 'peacefulness' of the religion?
Look at Germany, which recently suffered four Islamic terror attacks in one week, two of which were by migrants from Syria.
Germany has had an open door policy toward those seeking asylum from the conflict in the Middle East.
Note the July 25, 2016 headline in the Daily Mail: "After four savage attacks by Muslims in one week, Germans are living in fear—and this is just the beginning..."
In light of this, doesn't better vetting of those seeking to enter our country from these terror hotbed regions sound like a good idea?
There are at least two prominent people, one a Muslim himself, and one a Christian, who do agree with a temporary ban on Muslim immigration from particular countries on a terror watch list—but perhaps you haven't heard their take?
The Muslim? President Obama's own half-brother, Malik Obama. According to a Reuters report, Malik calls the temporary ban "common sense," adding, "I'm a Muslim, of course, but you can't have people going around just shooting people and killing people in the name of Islam." (Photo: Malik Obama/Reuters/via Christian Today)
(Another side note of interest, Malik stated it was "sort of disappointing, somewhat hypocritical" that none of Obama's family from Kenya were invited to the DNC)
The other person, who actually suggested a temporary ban before Donald Trump did, is son of the Rev. Billy Graham—evangelist Franklin Graham.
"For some time I have been saying that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over," Franklin wrote in a post on his Facebook page.
"Donald J. Trump has been criticized by some for saying something similar. The new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said yesterday that he disagrees—saying that 'such views are not what this party stands for and more importantly it's not what this country stands for.' Politicians in Washington seem to be totally disconnected with reality."
I am grateful for the great sacrifice made by Captain Humayun Khan, as he truly is a hero, along with all of our other men and women who have served and paid the ultimate price.
But when it comes to keeping this country safe, can we afford not to look at the migrant toll taken on Europe? Do we really think America wouldn't be next?
The U.S. already has 'homegrown terrorists' in our midst.
Is it wrong to take extra precautions which might help ensure we would not be overrun by terror in the future?