There are about 3.35 million Muslims in the United States right now, according to recent Pew Research Center’s Factank figures. But by 2050, that particular population is projected to grow — from about 1 percent of the U.S. population to about 2.1 percent. If it does, that means America will be home to more Muslims than Jews. Just something to think about, post New York City terror attack — a terror attack that we now know was committed by a radicalized Muslim who professed allegiance to ISIS. President Donald Trump, in a tweet, wrote: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” And of course, all sane Americans are with him on that point. But truth is: How do we reel back the radicalization of those Muslims in America now — or those who are yet to come?
Unfortunately, the “truth is”…you can’t. This potential demographic shift here in America is certainly a cause for concern in this country that was founded on “Judeo-Christian” values. Yes, we are a great “melting pot.” And, we absolutely respect religious choice; one of the hallmarks of our many freedoms here in America. That said… When you combine the numbers of Catholics, Episcopalians, and the various protestant Christian sects, we are a Christian nation both historically, and demographically. That’s just a fact. After all, the pilgrims were Christian. Just sayin.. And that’s where it started. Islam is a very intolerant religion, by definition. As someone who has spent time in the middle east, and I know that to be true from personal experience. But, if you doubt me, try bringing a Bible into Saudi Arabia and see what happens to you. So, we need to ensure that those Muslim immigrants we allow into our country are willing to embrace our unique American culture which is an inclusive one. Trump’s push for extreme vetting for those coming from certain countries in the middle east and northern Africa is nowhere near enough. It’s a start. But, that vetting needs to be expanded. What just happened in NYC with a Muslim with a green card running over people on a sidewalk is a grim reminder of the risk of NOT vetting Muslims who come to our country. Enough is enough!! We are fools to bury our heads in the sand and look the other way because we’re too afraid to offend the tender sensibilities of certain self-righteous, entitlement-minded, mostly liberal folks in the Muslim community.