The problem with Krikorian’s proposed ideological test, is quite simply, that anyone could lie, just to be admitted. Heck, under Sharia principles, lying to unbelievers to advance Islam is encouraged:
I have no doubt that Krikorian’s litmus test would accomplish precisely nothing.
Krikorian is obviously intelligent and well-informed, as is evident in his essay, so he surely knows damn well the worthlessness of his proposal. But he’d rather preserve appearances, than take concrete action that would actually work to keep out Islamic fundamentalists – banning any further immigration and refusing to admit further refugees, of Muslim background. (That may be a challenge to enforce, but it can be done, more or less.)
Donald Trump may be a pompous blowhard, a joker, who says one thing one day then another the next, but on this matter, he’s managed to articulate precisely what must be done, to prevent more such occurrences as we’ve seen recently in San Bernardino and Paris.
Too much for some to stomach, I realize, but that’s often the case with hard truths.
Trump’s view is more grown-up than Krikorian’s, because it is honest, and workable.
I also noticed that Russell Moore, the well-known (at least within evangelicalism) Southern Baptist commentator, has also come out against Trump’s proposal, here. He frames it as a religious freedom issue.
Oh, please! Even if Trump hadn’t amended his statements to apply specifically to foreigners wishing to immigrate to America, there is nothing about refusing to re-admit a citizen who takes a ‘holiday’ in IS territory that impinges on religious freedom in America – don’t like it? Then don’t go to IS territory! You can freely practice your religion in America as long as you don’t leave to go to an enemy state.
No; as with Krikorian, so with Moore; the churchian evanjellyfish and the neo-cuckservative are at best, gutless cowards; or at worst, traitors to their own people, not wanting to do what is necessary to safeguard them, because political correctness and respectability are more important to them.