2017: Religious/Moral/Ethical Conflicts
During President Trump's
1st Year in Office.
Donald Trump lost the popular vote in 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 U.S. 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. Many of the people affected were 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. just after the ban was written, had disembarked from their airplanes, and became trapped in the airport. There were strenuous protests by American citizens in many 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 noted 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;
- an arsonist burned a Texas Mosque to the ground;
- a synagogue was vandalized in Chicago;
- Dozens of bomb threats at Jewish community centers in the U.S.
- A major Alt-right, Nazi, and white supremacy demonstration was held in Charlottesville, VA.
Some commentators have suggested that they were triggered by the executive order and other activities of the President.
Topics covered in this section:
Part 1: Inauguration. Executive order to implement anti-Muslim ban. 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: Is Pres. Trump sucessfully changing Washington? More federal court rulings on his Muslim travel ban. His approval/disapproval ratings among the public.
Part 14: Supreme Court Accepts Muslim Ban Appeal. President Trump Visits Poland. The Blaze's poll.
Part 15: The Nazi/alt-right/white nationalists rally in Charlottesville, VA and its impacts (Being written).
Part 16: Trump takes action to shut down the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program. The stench of racism
the Washington Swamp.
Part 17: 2017-SEP: President Trump's Trump joins with Democrats to preserve DACA. Trump's approval ratings.
Part 18: Worst Enemy or Best Advocate? An essay donated by Contributing Editor Susan Humphreys.
Part 19: 2017-DEC: Circuit Court rules third travel ban unconstitutinal. Compromise on Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals" (DACA) Program. Federal government shutdown, partly due to DACA disputes.
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Copyright © 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted on: 2017-JAN-08
Last update on: 2018-JAN-23
Author: B.A. Robinson