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George Washington: "To Bigotry No Sanction...To Persecution No Assistance"

In his letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, RI, Washington pledged that the “Children of Abraham” would not be made afraid in the United States (implicitly contrasting the new nation’s liberties and personal security with the pogroms of the Old World). It should be noted that Arab Muslims consider themselves, as well, descendants of Abraham through Ishmael:

” The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security.

If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good government, to become a great and happy people.

The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—-a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration and fervent wishes for my felicity.

May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—- while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.”


Donald Trump's Bigotry Gives Aid And Comfort To ISIS

“I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS.”

— Donald Trump, in an interview with ABC News.


During a reporting trip to Tripoli, Lebanon last year I met the family of Khaled, an 18-year-old who traveled to Iraq and performed a suicide operation for ISIS.

Interviews with his mother, eldest brother, mentor, and others shed light on a man driven by his perception of injustice against Sunnis in Iraq.

“He was a kid, a child,” Mohammad, his brother, told me. “He saw Sunni oppression in Iraq and he told me: ‘The American army is killing us. (Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali] al-Sistani and Shiite groups are killing us. The Iraqi government is killing us, oppressing us and raping women and killing kids. I want to kill them all.’”

His perception that the world is against Sunnis and contributes to their denigration, pushed him to run away from home and join ISIS. All of Khaled’s family and friends that I spoke to said his actions went against their beliefs, but that they still perceived the west as hostile to Islam. Statements like Trump’s latest only reinforce that perception and potentially influences people who are susceptible to ISIS propaganda.

“This matters…the world watches this. The world sees the leading political candidate from one party making these kind of statements and still doing well and having these rallies,” NBC’s Richard Engel told Rachel Maddow on Monday. “Those are going around the world right now, and people realize this person is leading in the polls. That must be what Americans think. I was today with an Ambassador from the Middle East.”


Landmark Group dumps Trump products over Muslim ban

Landmark Group dumps Trump products over Muslim ban call
December 09, 2015 13:54 IST

Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response.

Dubai-based Landmark Group, one of the Middle East's largest retail firms, said it was pulling Donald Trump products off its shelves in response to the Republican presidential front-runner's call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Landmark and DT Home Marks International LLC have an exclusive deal to sell Trump Home products - including lighting, mirrors, and jewellery boxes - in their Lifestyle department stores in Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce


White House: Donald Trump Has Disqualified Himself From Presidency

White House: Donald Trump Has Disqualified Himself From Presidency
Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Trump's campaign had a "dustbin of history" quality to it.

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call for the United States to ban Muslims from entering the country disqualified him from becoming president and called on Republicans to reject him immediately.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump's campaign had a "dustbin of history" quality to it and said his comments were offensive and toxic.

Earnest said other Republican presidential candidates, who have pledged to support the person who eventually wins their party's nomination, should disavow Trump "right now."


Can you "Spot the terrorist"?

Not random: Shooting suspect specifically asked for directions to Planned Parenthood

The man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the facility before opening fire, law enforcement sources confirm to CBS News, offering the clearest suggestion yet that he was targeting the reproductive health organization.

Heil Donald Trump -Neo-Nazi Publisher Calls Trump: "THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR."

"Heil Donald Trump - THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR."

That's what Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, had to say in response to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

"Finally: someone speaks sense," Anglin wrote, pasting Trump's new proposal under the headline "Glorious Leader Calls For Complete Ban on All Moslems."

"Make America White Again!" his post concludes.

Anglin is not new to the white supremacy scene. In 2012, he launched a website called Total Fascism, where he also wrote about racist concepts, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch blog.


Editorial Cartoon: Islamophobia


Syria’s climate-fueled conflict, in one stunning comic strip


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