This was reprinted from Firebrand Left. As that website is no longer up and running, I found it on the Way Back Machine. I think we are past three and have reached five.
Over the past few days, I have been spending some time over at a pro-Donald Trump Facebook group. While I have found a lot of things I have heard Donald Trump say to be upsetting, frightening, or just plain confusing, nothing I have heard him say comes even close to what his supporters say. They say the United States Constitution is “outdated.” They do, support the Second Amendment but the rest was written by people who did not have to deal with modern-day terrorism. This is how they justify hating Muslims. Islam, they say, is not a religion but a political ideology.
This is not helpful for any real conversation but that is not the real problem. While I do not think it is appropriate to define 1.6 billion people this way but that is not the real problem either. The problem is not even that anti-Muslim rhetoric gives the extremists more ammunition to use against us or that it makes it harder to fight terrorism. The problem is that when you start defining this way, you are taking the first step towards genocide. That’s not the America I think we want to live in.
You may be thinking, “That’s pretty extreme.” It is but there is something that people do not realize about genocide. If you look at the phenomenon across centuries and continents, you will see genocide follows a predictable pattern. From Armenia and Germany to Rwanda and Sudan and then to Cambodia, there are ten steps all of these genocides follow. They are (per Genocide Watch):
We are hovering somewhere between steps one and three. We have not quite gotten to the point of actual discrimination but there are measures that have been passed or considered to ban Sharia law in all but 16 American states. Who is behind all of this? A number of high-profile Republicans such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have spearheaded the “anti-Sharia” movement.
This belief, that Americans need to be protected from Muslims, has been advanced by the Trump…