A terrorism expert says the Trump administration shouldn't shy away from banning Muslims from entering the U.S. if they believe sharia law should reign supreme.
The Left has been on the warpath since President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States from seven countries that have been incubators for Islamic terrorism. For example, on Sunday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described the order as "mean-spirited and un-American."
Ryan defends Trump on travel ban
(January 31, 2017) - House Speaker Paul Ryan has given a strong defense of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban.
That's the word from Republicans who attended a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning. Lawmakers said Ryan told them he backs the order, but cautioned lawmakers that support won't be easy and warned them to expect protests in their districts.
Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee said Ryan told GOP members that the "the rollout was a little bumpy, been a few potholes in the road but the actual policy he agreed with."
Ryan said it was similar to legislation that the House backed in 2014.
While other critics have claimed Trump's action is unconstitutional and essentially a "Muslim ban," the administration argues otherwise and says the president is doing what he is constitutionally obligated to do: protect the American people.
During a recent interview on American Family Radio, author and terrorism expert Andrew C. McCarthy addressed that aspect of the executive order, explaining that "sharia supremacism" is woven into Islam.
"It's true that we don't want to ban all Muslims. We don't want to have a categorical ban against Muslims," the National Review columnist said. "But we do want to have a categorical ban against sharia supremacists."
The Trump executive order was written for the very purpose of going after sharia supremacists who are Muslims, McCarthy explained.
"And it specifically identifies seven countries which are Muslim-majority countries," he continued. "I don't think we ought to hide under our beds when people say this is a Muslim ban. We should explain what it is that we're looking to stop and what it is that we're not looking to stop. But obviously it's a ban on Muslim countries."
Critics have also argued the executive order amounts to an unconstitutional "religious test" that is applied in deciding who is allowed to enter the U.S. But in an August 2016 column, McCarthy addressed the constitutionality of such an immigration ban, temporary or not, stating: "... Immigration is a privilege, not a right; and our Constitution is security for Americans, not a weapon for aliens to use against Americans."
And in perhaps a prophetic tone, he added in that same column: "In a time of radical Islamic threat to our national security, Donald Trump is right to propose that aliens from sharia-supremacist areas be carefully vetted for adherence to anti-constitutional principles."