Update, August 1, 4:30 am:

Here are some excerpts from the reply of Ghazala Khan, an immigrant from Pakistan and a Gold Star mother, to Donald Trump's insulting comment about her decision not to speak while standing next to her immigrant husband at the Democratic National Convention during his speech about the ultimate sacrifice of their son, Humayun Khan, who came to America with his parents when he was 2 yeas old:

"Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic Convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a gold star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart...

I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun...Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?

Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn't allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not...

When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion."

Ghazala Khan's full remarks were posted as an op-ed in the Washington Post on the morning of July 31. See:


Update, July 31, 8:33 pm:

Perhaps the best comment of all in response to Trump's insulting remarks directed at the grieving immigrant parents of a brave Muslim American soldier, who gave his life for our country while serving in Iraq, is the following tweet by Meghan McCain, daughter of Vietnam War hero and 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain:

"I would ask what kind of barbarian would attack the parents of a fallen soldier, but oh yeah it's the same person who attacks POW's."



Update. July 31, 11:32 am:

The 1st century Roman writer and philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (who also became a tutor and adviser to the emperor Nero - which ultimately cost Seneca his own life), wrote the following about the effects of anger in his famous essay De Ira ("On Anger"):

dum alteri noceat sui negligens

("[Anger] hurts someone else while giving no thought to oneself.")

The following news stories in The Hill about Donald Trump's latest attack on the immigrant parents of a Muslim US solder who gave his life for America could well be an example of how Trump has been so anxious to lash out against and demonize minority immigrants that he may be hurting himself most of all.

The following is my original post:

By now, America has grown used to Donald Trump's attempts to demonize Muslims from around the world as "terrorists" and "haters of America", and to bar most, if not all, of them from entering the United States based on their countries of origin, if not on their religion itself.

But in a jaw-dropping extension of his verbal assaults against all members of one of the world's major religious groups, rather than just focusing on the relatively few who actually are terrorists or terrorist sympathizers and are highly dangerous to the safety of the American people, Trump has now attacked the immigrant parents of a Muslim American soldier who gave his life for this country.

In response to a moving speech at the Democratic convention by Khizr Khan, the immigrant father of US Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004, Trump questioned why the mother of the dead soldier, Ghazala Khan, stood silent next to her husband on stage during the speech.

The obvious implication was that Mrs. Khan had remained silent because Muslims allegedly discriminate against women. If Trump genuinely cares about the status of women's rights in the Muslim world, there are many ways and places to have that discussion other than attacking the religion (or "culture" - a favorite buzzword used by bigots of all stripes and persuasions these days against groups they oppose) of the immigrant parents of a soldier who died fighting for America,

Not surprisingly, Trump's comment, once again, has received wide condemnation from leaders inside and outside the party that he now leads, including a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Also not surprisingly, Ghazala Khan herself has now spoken out against Trump, saying that she had been silent because she was in pain, not because of her religion. For the full story, see:




Trump also gave his rival Hillary Clinton, not widely regarded as a great speaker, an opportunity to sound not only humane
but even eloquent. Here is her statement, as reported by The Hill above:

"I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity support her son on Thursday night. And I was very moved to hear her speak last night, bravely and with dignity, about her son's life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country."

Clinton added:

"This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans, and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country. And it is a time to honor the sacrifice of Captain khan and all the fallen. Captain Khan and his family represent the best of America, and we salute them."

Bravo, Hillary! Donald Trump, are you listening? Which one is speaking for the real spirit of America?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law