Update, June 13, 2:40 pm:

Even though President Obama has announced that there is no evidence that the Orlando shooter was directed by a larger terrorist network (though he may have been "inspired" by terrorist information over the Internet), Donald Trump has taken his attempts to gain political capital from the shooting that killed 50 people in a gay bar to an unimaginably new low - by claiming that the president himself may have terrorist sympathies!

Normally, discussion of immigration policy, as with any other policy issue, is based in the merits, pro and con, of whatever proposal is at issue, without regard to personalities or the character of the person making or opposing any given plan.

But, as he has done in so many other respects, Donald trump is breaking the mold and overturning the normal rules of policy debate, especially on immigration related issues, with wild attacks against an entire nationality (Mexico) and religion (Islam). as well as in his vindictive personal attacks against anyone who opposes him on any issue, for any reason.

However,calling the president of the United States a terrorist sympathizer so far exceeds the bounds of rational debate that it cannot help but raise questions about Trump's fitness to be in charge of America's immigration system, and of our democracy.

For the two stories, see;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b0ced23ca8b4f2

and:

http://huffingtonpost.com/entry/trum...b00f97fba8c1d7

Update, June 13, 9:08 am:

The 3 or 4 million Muslim immigrants and US citizens who are now living in the US peacefully, without any evidence of violence other than for a small handful of apaprently mentally unstable individuals such as the Orlando mass killing suspect, also include Muslims who are gay and who are especially horrified by the attack on a gay night club and death of 50 people on June 12;

One such person, Samra Habib, writes in The Guardian as follows on June 12:

"We are now used to the fact, that every time a criminally misguided Muslim commits an act of violence, the entire religion and all its followers are questioned and placed under suspicion in a way that isn't replicated with other faiths. We -and this of course includes queer Muslims, have to take extra care walking down the street at night and entering our mosques for fear of Islamophobic attacks...

Our thoughts must be with those in Orlando. But over the next few days...it's important to remember that Islam is exploited by religious extremists all over the world, often in attacks committed against other Muslims...

We're al experiencing the same tragedy together. And I can tell you first hand: being a peace-loving Muslim who is just as angered by homophobic attacks as everyone else isn't out of the ordinary."

See:

Queer Muslims exist - and we are in mourning too


http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...tclub-shooting

June 13, 6:30 am:


As further confirmation that anti-LGBT hate is very far from being something that was brought to America by Muslim immigrants, but is as "American" as apple pie, see the vile tweet posted by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) quoting a Biblical passage to imply that the victims of the horrendous Orlando mass shooting deserved what they got.

Since homophobia has been almost as popular with the Republican base and many GOP politicians as Islamophobia, if not even more so, one can only wonder whether some of the politicians who are now playing on fears of Islamist terror in the wake of the Orlando night club attack would be paying as much attention to it if the suspect had not been a Muslim and the child of a Muslim immigrant.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shawn-..._10429290.html

My original post follows:

Donald Trump has lost no time in exploiting the horrific mass killing in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in US history, by a Muslim US citizen gunman who, according to news reports, had not previously shown any credible signs of connection to radical Islamist terrorist groups, even after several FBI interviews. The suspect had in fact reportedly been working for a large US security firm with a contract to protect federal buildings.

However, also according to reports, he pledged allegiance to ISIS just before the shooting, and had shown signs of personal mental disturbance in his treatment of his wife and his evident hatred of gays, as related by his father.

Prejudice and hatred against LGBT people are not exactly unknown among non-Muslim Americans, as the late Justice Scalia pointed out (and even, arguably, endorsed) in his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas decision (2003) striking down a state statute criminalizing gay sexual activity.

However, the fact that the suspect's father, a legal immigrant from Afghanistan, had expressed support for the Taliban on television and in online videos (while also publicly apologizing for his son's attack and claiming that it had nothing to do with religion) as well as the fact that ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for this dreadful massacre, whose victims and their families have the prayers and sympathy of all Americans, certainly raise important and legitimate questions as to the extent, if any, to which the suspect had become radicalized by Islamic terrorist groups.

Unfortunately, the fact that there may still be a great deal about the motivation for this terrible mass murder that we do not know, and that the FBI has only begun its investigation, has not stopped Donald Trump from rushing to demagogue the loss of 50 people and wounding of at least 53 others, and the anguish and pain of their families, by making political capital of prejudice against Muslims in general, and especially refugees, who have as much reason to fear radical Islamic terror as anyone else, if not even more so.

Trump's full remarks, including the incredible statement that President Obama should resign and Hillary Clinton should withdraw from the presidential race because of their allegedly inadequate reaction to the attack, and his attempt by innuendo to hold all Muslims responsible, are reported at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b0e39a28adebd3

There can be no doubt that radical Islamic terrorism poses a serious danger to the safety and security of the American people, and that everything possible must be done to identify and root out terrorists, including stopping them from entering the US.

It is equally important to prevent guns from falling into the hands of mentally disturbed people of any race, religion or nationality in America, and to combat the hatred of LGTB people which obviously influenced the suspect's choice of his target, and which still influences some of our legislation, as in the case of North Carolina's notorious transgender"bathroom law".

It is no less important to avoid trading away America's democracy to a presidential candidate who claims to be a strongman and the only person who can protect America against terrorist attacks, while stirring up hatred against millions of Muslim US citizens and immigrants alike who practice this religion lawfully and peacefully, without subscribing to the violence and terror promoted by the deranged comparative few who belong to or support radical Islamist terrorist organizations.

No sane person would have claimed that Jews, or Americans, as a people, were responsible when an American-born Jewish doctor and immigrant to Israel, Baruch Goldstein, killed up to 30 Muslims worshiping at a mosque in that country in 1994.

While the two cases are obviously distinguishable because there is clearly no such thing as an international Jewish terrorist threat and never has been, there is still no reason to blame over a billion Muslims around the world who have no terrorist sympathies or affiliations for the despicable, inhuman actions of those who are in fact radical Islamic terrorists or who may come under their influence.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law