Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right under threat all around us, and the world is under serious, serious threat in so many different ways.And then listing some religiously based atrocities ("peace-loving Muslims brutalized" by ISIS, the Holocaust, Muslim on Christian violence), he said this:
All nations have a moral obligation to speak out against such violence. All nations have a duty to work together to confront it and to confront it viciously, if we have to. So I want to express clearly today to the American people that my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land. America must forever remain a tolerant society where all faiths are respected, and where all of our citizens can feel safe and secure.Which is odd for a man who almost as recently called for a "Muslim ban."
And how do we know it's a "Muslim ban"? I'm glad you asked.
Rudy Giuliani let it slip that it was:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said in an interview on Saturday that President Trump had previously asked him about legally implementing a "Muslim ban."This is also the crowd that gives us, regularly, "alternative facts" so even when they're "correcting" themselves, they're obfuscating. Take a look at this from Salon:
But Giuliani then disputed the notion that the president's sweeping executive order barring refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim nations amounts to a ban on Muslims.
"I’ll tell you the whole history of it: When he first announced it, he said ‘Muslim ban,'" Giuliani said on Fox News.
"He called me up, he said, ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.’"
It is a fact that President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday banning Muslim immigration to the United States — and an “alternative fact” to claim that it isn’t.So freedom of religion is a right - except when Donald Trump thinks you're a dangerous Muslim.
Although White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Tuesday that Trump “has made it very clear that this is not a Muslim ban,” CNN’s Jake Tapper played a clip of Spicer using the term “ban” during a Sunday interview with ABC.
“It is a 90 day ban to ensure that we have further vetting restrictions so that we know who’s coming to this country,” Spicer had said.
Tapper also pointed out that Spicer referred to Trump’s policy as a “ban” during an event at George Washington University on Monday.
“The ban deals with seven countries that the Obama administration had previously identified as needing further travel restrictions,” Spicer had said. Spicer’s claim that Trump is merely following a policy started by then-President Barack Obama is also a debunked “alternative fact.”
And speaking of "alternative facts" did you know that there was a massacre in Bowling Green Kentucky during the Obama Administration that no one reported about? Seems that these two mewz-lims snuck into the Homeland during President Obama's six month ban on mewz-lims and killed a whole mess'o people and the liberal media didn't report on it. At all.
That's what KellyAnne Conway said last night.
The only problem is that none of it was true:
During an appearance on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” on Thursday night, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and now an adviser in his administration, appeared to make up a fictional “massacre” when justifying the President’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries.Oh, and there was no 6-month Obama ban.
“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway said during an exchange on the program. “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
The media didn’t cover the Bowling Green Massacre because no such event ever happened.
Facts should matter. At this point in American politics, they don't.