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Anti-religious Talk And Violence At
The Start Of Donald Trump's Presidency.

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Donald Trump lost the 2016-NOV presidential election. His main opponent, Hillary Clinton, received almost three million votes more than he did. But because of the indirect method of selecting U.S. presidents, the popular vote was ignored, and Trump was elected by the Electoral College. This was a system set up over a century and a half ago in an unsuccessful attempt to preserve slavery, and still occasionally causes the will of the majority of voters to be violated.

He took the oath of office on 2017-JAN-20, becoming the 45th president of the United States. One week later, among his first tasks was the issuing of an executive order titled: "Protecting the Nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States." It banned citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The people affected were mostly refugees attempting to flee the chaos and warfare in their country of origin. They had been thoroughly vetted and found to free of violent or terrorist ideation. Others were holders of green cards, student visas, etc., some of whom had arrived at an airport in the U.S., had disembarked from their airplanes, and became trapped in the airport. There were enormous protests by American citizens in U.S. international airports.

During the following days, there was a series of serious attacks and displays of hatred by members of the public that were directed against religious minorities -- both Muslims and Jews -- in the U.S. and Canada. Some commentators are speculating that President Trump's anti-Muslim words and actions during the early days of his presidency may have triggered at least some of these events.

On JAN-28, the American Civil Liberties Union successfully obtained a temporary injunction to halt implementation of the executive order. District Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York determined that the order violated the plaintiffs' rights to Due Process and Equal Protection that are embedded in the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

There was a spike in the frequency of hate incidents targeting Jewish and Islamic institutions and individuals after the issuance of the executive order, including:

  • a mass murder in a Canadian mosque;
  • a mosque was burned to the ground in Texas;
  • a synagogue was vandalized in Chicago;
  • Dozens of bomb threats at Jewish community centers in the U.S.

Some commentators have suggested that they were triggered by the executive order.

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Topics covered in this section:

  • Part 1: Inauguration. Executive order. Court case. Airport demonstrations. Mosque burned to the ground.

  • Part 2: Reactions of politicians outside the U.S. Mass murder at a Canadian mosque.

  • Part 3: Synagogue attacked in Chicago. NYC subway train vandalized. Would Jesus approve of the Executive Order?

  • Part 4: What would Jesus Do about Muslim refugees?

  • Part 5: Reactions to President Trump's executive order by Arianna Huffington, a Christian talk show, The Harvard University Law School Review, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- a diverse group.
  • Part 6: More Anti-religious Talk And Violence, 2017-FEB-09 to 19. President's approval rating sinks.

  • Part 7: Bomb Threats at Community Centers. Reaction by some Christian denominations and leaders to Trump's executive order.

  • Part 8: Reactions by religious leaders to President Trump's 1st Muslim country ban. Trump issues second Muslim ban.

  • Part 9: Bomb Threats To U.S. Jewish Community Centers Continue; Ignored By The Trump Admin.

  • Part 10: Bomb threats extend to Jewish Community Centers in Canada. Federal court in Hawaii stops President Trump's second Muslim country ban.

  • Part 11: Federal Courts stop President Trump's second Muslim country ban (Cont'd).

  • Part 12: Courts stop 2nd Muslim country ban (Concl.). Public assessment of the President. Earth Day 2017.

  • Part 13: Public Assessment of the President. More Court Activity on Travel Ban.

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