Presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday we need a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
It is sad that a candidate for president would say something so contrary to the founding and sustaining principles of this great nation. Religious liberty stands at our nation’s core, and openness to immigrants has filled our population with a diverse people unparalleled anywhere on earth. America is at its best when it allows people to pursue their religious beliefs and when it treats all people with respect and dignity.
These principles of liberty and openness are also reflected in Scripture, which is the ultimate source of authority for Christians.
If we impose a religion test regarding Muslims in this regard, a religion test regarding Christians could be applied to some other case.
Let us pray for a more appropriate response to the threat of terrorism than that suggested by Mr. Trump.
(This post originally appeared on the Texas Baptists web site.)