Donald Trump has been slammed as a bigot and Islamophobe for saying he would suspend immigration from the Muslim world until we “figure out what’s going on” and develop a comprehensive way to vet applicants. This eminently rational response to the expanding terroristic threat we face isn’t based on any like or dislike of people from the Middle East. It isn’t based on skin color. It isn’t even based on blanket suspicion of all those who worship as Muslims. It’s based on the very real need to protect our American way of life from those whose culture and ideology commands them to destroy it.
Take for example the astonishing results of a Pew Research poll taken of 30,000 Afghans who were settled in the United States between 2001 and 2013. These are people who have America to thank for their ability to escape war-torn conditions in their own country. But if you think that makes them more amendable to our secular way of life, think again. A staggering 99 percent of the Afghan Muslims polled would favor establishing sharia law in their home country. They haven't been "Americanized" by any stretch of the imagination.
This story resonates even more as we learn about the background of the Orlando shooter's Afghan father. We don’t need people making our immigration policy who have closed their eyes to this.