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Conservative Values

Stop saying we're all Muslims. It doesn't help and it hurts

Have we lost all perspective and restraint? What could be more spectacular "truthiness" than to call Trump's notorious executive order a "Muslim ban"? He put the Syrian refugee program on hold, suspended all refugee admissions for four months and temporarily banned citizens of seven countries Obama had designated "countries of concern," among many other things. But even if it is on some ground or another unconstitutional, it does not contain the word Muslim explicitly or by implication. Trump did not ban Muslims and to say he did is to practice identity politics and to lie. Which is not virtuous.

Sober observers of American politics, even on the left, have noted that one thing Trump supporters reliably dislike is "identity politics," the assigning of opinions or virtues to people based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. Yet it is frequently asserted as evident fact that Trump and his ilk practice it, blowing white supremacist "dog whistles" only their slobbering subhuman followers can hear. Which arguably isn't very nice. Or true. Even if it feels good.

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