Unless you have been under a rock, stuck on some remote island with no communication devices or contact with other people, or do not have a television, computer, or access to print media, you know that there has been significant shift in the state of affairs within the united states. Most notably is the travel band that was imposed by 45. Now, I know some individuals will read this and immediately say, “oh another whining, crying democrat!” Well, guess what? I am Not whining and crying and I am NOT a democrat. I am an independent thinker who is a humanist. But, before all of that, I am a christian.
My friends and family expand the horizon with respect to race, creed, religion and every other box that one could check. Therefore, you could imagine my sheer frustration, embarrassment, and disgust when this “selective” Muslim ban was instituted— the first time. Now, a second version of the ban has been implemented and it is no different from the first. While some people try to mix words and use colorful jargon to say that this is “not really a ban”, it is indeed so. Any time you prohibit, bar, or deny someone access to something or some place, that falls into the category of a ban. The chief motivating for the ban was touted as a method of protecting americans and keeping the states safe. Of course an educated person can figure out that couldn’t be farther from the truth at all.
So, what is it that I can offer people, of Muslim faith, who journey to this country where some people have forgotten from whence they’ve come. First thing, not all individuals who live in this country are in agreement with this atrocity of a mandate wrapped in hate. Second, I know it may not seem like it now, but this too shall pass. Trouble doesn’t last always and hate cannot stand in the presence of God’s love. Third, and perhaps this should have been first, YOU. ARE. WELCOME. HERE. EVERYONE in this country, unless you are an ancestor of the indians who were here first, the true inhabitants, is an immigrant.
So, while this post was not necessary one of my normal travel posts, I felt that I should use my platform to spread peace and love when ignorance and hatred receives way too much media attention.