One of the greatest benefits of living in America is our freedom. We have the freedom to vote, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion just to name a few. Freedom of religion has always been a thing that people take for granted. Every day all over the world, people are being persecuted for their beliefs. In America, we get to express our views daily. So what has happened in the past few years that has made us such a hostile nation? The hatred and ugliness in this country was brought to light due to the recent Election. Let’s take a look at how Donald Trump used religion in his campaign, whether good or bad.
President-elect Donald Trump has been the face of controversy for the majority of this election. He is known to speak his mind no matter what the outcome. While that can be a good thing, for Mr. Trump, it cause outrage among our nation. Possibly one of the biggest controversies is the way he talked about the Islamic religion. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump said, “I think Islam hates us.”
While discussing the difference between the religion and the radical terrorists he said, “It’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who is who.” Trump put an entire group of people together, two different groups, and spoke of how they had a common hatred.
Islam is not inherently violent or peaceful. Many people see Islam as a violent religion, but that is not necessarily the case. Like Christianity and all religions, people have different interpretations, leading them to how they practice their religion. Yes, there are people who practice Islam that lead violent lives, but there are also violent christians, muslims, atheist, etc. You can’t generalize about an entire religion based on a select group.
Donald Trump claimed Hillary Clinton was too politically correct to use the phrase “radical Islam”. Clinton immediately fired back saying, “From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say, and it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we — whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing.”
She also touched on Trump’s proposed idea to temporally ban Muslims. “What I won’t do, because I think it is dangerous for our efforts to defeat this threat, is to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion. That plays right into ISIS’ hands,” Clinton stated. Clinton took advantage of this misstep by Trump and organized Muslim voters. Unfortunately that was not enough to secure her the presidency.
Donald Trump made headlines every other day for something he said and still managed to become the President of the United States. Many people, specifically people of Islam and Muslim religion, the LGBTQ community, and minorities, instantly started protesting.
The protests happened all over the country. Some took it a bit far by burning American flags, vandalizing police cars, buildings, attacking Trump supporters, but the majority of the protests were peaceful. They were acting upon the first amendment. That’s the beauty of America, we can gather peacefully and speak our mind.