The Myth of the “Muslim Ban”

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Elected officials must be accountable for what they do, but it must be for things they actually do.

What President Trump’s detractors like to call a “Muslim Ban” was no such thing. You’re being lied to. Again—just as you were lied to that Trump defended white supremacists at Charlottesville (easily disproven in two minutes here). This one might take a full three minutes.

President Trump’s executive order in early 2017 restricted travel from seven specific countries: North Korea, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Venezuela.

Does anything unusual strike you about those “Muslim” countries? That’s right: two of the seven (that’s almost one-third for those of you in Rio Linda), aren’t Muslim nations at all. They are, however, governed by regimes which are avowed enemies of the United States. Iran, which qualifies as both, is also the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. So what’s the deal with the rest of them?

In early 2017, when the “Muslim Ban” was ordered, the other countries were in utter chaos, with no real governing control to assure a reliable immigration process—in other words, ripe for terrorists to hitch a ride as “refugees,” hence the actual title of the executive order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Gee, that was hard to piece together, wasn’t it?

As further evidence, the Muslim nations on President Trump’s executive order constitute only 10 percent of the nations on earth which could be construed as “Muslim nations,“ meaning 90 percent of all Muslim nations were completely unaffected. To demonstrate, there are 48 nations on earth which could be said to be “Muslim nations.”

Seven are considered Islamic States, comprising two of the nations on Trump’s executive order: Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Nineteen nations hold Islam as the official state religion, constituting another two from the executive order: Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara/Sahrawi Republic.

Twenty-two are Muslim-majority, from which the remaining one is on the executive order: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Burkina, Faso, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mayotte, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

So how could anything be said to be a “Muslim ban” which didn’t apply to 90 percent of Muslim nations? The answer, of course, is that it couldn’t. It was always cheap, dishonest, political demagoguery which Trump-haters eagerly lapped up and parroted.

This stuff is super easy, folks, even for CNN.

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