President Trump was described today by the news media, following his obvious tacit acceptance of the rally chant “Send Her Back!”, as an “old-world segregationist”.
There are many layers to the oppression of immigrants, in our time.
Because of 9/11, both the cause and perpetrators of which have never actually been proven, immigrants of a particular religious persuasion are regarded as suspect by those who assign terroristic activity in a broad swath to anyone to which the alleged 9/11 terrorists’ religion ascribes – namely, Islam.
It isn’t immigration the objectors resist; it’s the threat of infiltrating terrorism, driven by a belief that those who practice Islam are intent upon destroying everyone who does not.
They falsely assign the threat of terrorism to every immigrant woman wearing a head covering, every immigrant whose skin is a particular shade of brown, and every immigrant whose surname begins with Al.
What we are embroiled in, presently, is the secondary effect of a not-so-cold, holy war.
Never before has the separation of church and state been more relevant, been more vital, been more required, if we as Americans are to survive as a nation.
As for the holy war, we must leave that to those who practice religion.
If the government attempts to assign value to anything based in religious persuasion, it is already out of its lane; unfortunately, such assignments are being made, every day, by those in power.
As for segregation, perhaps society needs to take a straight ahead look at itself. To what extent do cultural groups self-segregate, and to what end does doing so protect and sustain culture itself? People of similar ilk stay close together. When they do not, or when they are forced apart – such as when Hurricane Katrina scattered the Creole population in the Gulf of Mexico – how do they survive?
Many old world beliefs, discarded by progressives intent upon a new world order, had value. Educated people can distinguish between what is old and worthy, vs. what is archaic and outmoded.
President Trump represents neither.
© 7/18/19 Ruth Ann Scanzillo All rights, including the title, those of the author, whose name appears above this line. Please respect original material. Thank you.