Senator Flake:

While it is appreciated that you posted this statement, you could go much further than merely saying:

“Enhancing long term national security requires that we have a clear-eyed view of radical Islamic terrorism without ascribing radical Islamic terrorist views to all Muslims [emphasis mine].”

The truth is that only a fraction of Muslims worldwide hold “radical Islamic terrorist views.” Within the U.S. and among prospective migrants (especially among suffering refugee families whose candidacies for entry are already highly scrutinized), that fraction is far smaller — negligible so far, unless indiscriminate measures provoke antagonism among people predisposed until now to be sympathetic to the United States.

There are extremists and deranged individuals represented among nominal adherents of all religious faiths. We must be vigilant about identifying those individuals and denying them weaponry.

Your own home state of Arizona, of course, experienced the horrific mass shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and many others. Islam had nothing to do with it, and the perpetrator didn’t become a perceived representative of his religious background.

My wife is an immigrant from a Muslim family. In order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, she had to submit years of U.S. tax returns as well as pass a civics test that emphasizes the Constitution as the highest law of the land. (Posted below is an article about the occasion of her naturalization as a U.S. citizen in January 2016.)

If immigrants, including those of Muslim backgrounds, are already subjected to vetting that includes consideration of their tax returns, why is it too much to demand that the president of the United States let the American people review his tax returns, as other presidents (and presidential candidates) have routinely done for decades?

Senator Flake: You and Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, among others, have been entrusted with a solemn responsibility to protect the U.S. Constitution and Republic that all Americans cherish.

On behalf of fellow patriots of all political stripes, I ask you to do everything you can to hold the current occupant of the White House accountable in the same way we expected the Bushes and the Clintons, President Reagan and President Obama et al., to answer to the American people.

Please work with your colleagues across the aisle, including Senator Chris Murphy, who has forcefully argued against the measures that the Trump administration has taken.

Thank you for your public service and for your continuing deliberation on related matters of national concern.


Josiah H. Brown

Dad, husband, nonprofit professional, volunteer youth coach, eclectic reader and writer, #citizen…. @JosiahBrownCT

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