Despite the media-cheerleading of Trump ad-nauseam, his inclination towards religious persecution is what we expect our representatives to defend against by respecting the first amendment we cherish as ‘free people’. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Trump’s ideas are not new nor are they historically commendable. From Stalin’s murderous promotion of atheism in the 20th century to the African nation of Eritrea, where a registration system was formed making it mandatory for groups, outside of the aforementioned faiths of Catholicism, Islam, Orthodox or Evangelical faiths, to provide information about themselves in order that they may worship, religious persecution is ever-present throughout history.
I feel that Trump calling for a ban on ideology/religion insinuates that someday, maybe not so far away, any faith might be subject to persecution. Should we give credence to someone who not only excites the idea of making laws disrespecting various establishments of religion over others and who also impedes the free exercise of it by executive edicts? Do we support the religious persecution of any people by failing to now voice resentment of it? If there should be a religious test to enter this country, then what does this mean for Muslims who already reside within it? Does the systematic mistreatment of any religion in response to belief, affiliation or lack thereof support or seek to dissolve our most vital of rights stated in the First Amendment?
As I cannot comment yet, here is Trump calling for a complete ‘shutdown’ of Muslims (followers of the religion Islam) entering the country until we can figure out what’s going on?
Islam: the religion of the Muslims, a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah.
So Trump is inviting religious persecution, regardless if warranted somehow or by some authority or not.