The position of Franklin Graham is simply not rational or conservative.
This post from Franklin Graham came across my Facebook feed, and I’m pretty appalled by it.
Four innocent Marines (United States Marine Corps) killed and three others wounded in #Chattanooga yesterday including a policeman and another Marine—all by a radical Muslim whose family was allowed to immigrate to this country from Kuwait. We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized—and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn’t allow Japanese to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing Muslims now? Do you agree? Let your Congressman know that we’ve got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates. Pray for the men and women who serve this nation in uniform, that God would protect them.
The way we protect our men (and women, though I despise how conservatives are joining Liberals in allowing Feminists to reshape the military) is by arming them.
I’m not arguing in favor of Muslim immigrants per se. What I’m arguing is that this call for banning them is statist and hysterical. The historical reasoning for it is ominous.
Obviously, the incredible pro-Islam bias of our political rulers and our media is insane. The way they pretend that Islam is not responsible for inspiring violence (while always promoting the idea that American patriotism is dangerous) is a delusional strategy for marginalizing traditional Americans. I hate it. I want it to end.
And I hate the way Christians fleeing Islamic persecution are being kept away by this Administration. It is all evil.
But pushing for a complete ban on Islamic immigration is way over the top. Despite all the violence they have caused, the fact remains that the vast majority are not terrorists. Christians are being given a mission field. We shouldn’t despise the opportunity.
Franklin’s call for an absolute ban, basically gives Liberals an example of aggression to point to, and takes the attention off their lies and bias.
It also makes it harder to witness to Muslims. Many are horrified by these crimes. We have an opportunity to explain to them that they have been influenced by Christian culture and that they should follow the mercy God has given them by turning to His Son.
Finally, using WWII as an example is a horribly statist and totalitarian line of reasoning. First off, back then we were at war with real countries. The nebulous “war on Terror” is going to last forever. It is crazy to treat a temporary ban on Germans or Japanese as the same as a forever ban on all Muslims of any kind.
And even though I hate the way we fight the war on terror, it is a fact that we have to rely on Islamic allies in order to have a military presence overseas. If Franklin Graham wanted to call for complete withdrawal of our troops from bases in the Middle East, then he might have a way to disentangle us from Islamic allies (and I would emphatically agree with him to that extent). But as long as he wants us in places like Afghanistan then we can’t possibly afford to also claim to be at war with all Islam.
You can’t have it both ways.
But most importantly, we didn’t just ban Japanese immigration. We put the Japanese in prison camps. The precedent of WWII goes much farther than Franklin Graham mentions. But to appeal to the wisdom of that era opens the doors to re-establishing such a practice.
This is not the way to deal with Islamic terrorism. It is not a movement that Christians should be associating with the name of Christ. Franklin Graham is wrong on this one.