Letter: Those opposed don’t have alternative solutions

From: R. Andrew Robertson


Several local pastors recently wrote in opposition to the Trump administration’s temporary ban on travel from some countries associated with terrorism, calling it an example of Islamophobia. That is difficult to square with the fact that more Muslims are not affected by the ban than are. More importantly, while the writers acknowledged a legitimate concern for protecting U.S citizens, they neglected to propose an effective alternative for doing so that they would find morally acceptable. For the sake of advancing the debate, I wonder whether they might do so.

Criticism is, of course, much easier than is the morally serious consideration I propose here. Indeed, the writers might not even agree among themselves on an acceptable and genuinely workable solution. In any event, a public airing of their internal debate might be edifying. I hope they will take it up.