I didn’t see it myself, but apparently one of the most moving moments at the Democratic Convention was the speech given by a Muslim man regarding his son’s heroism. Khazir Khan’s son served in the military and died performing an extraordinary act of courage.
To this grieving father, the moral of the story is that Donald Trump was wrong to say that he wanted to limit Muslim immigration to the United States. Khan wanted to shame Trump in public for not having served in the military and nor not having made any sacrifice for his country. He declared that if Trump’s policy had been implemented in prior years this man’s heroic son, Humayun Khan, would not have been allowed to enter the country.
And, where would we be then?
Obviously, it’s bad to make policy on a single case. And we already know what is happening in Europe because certain countries have been overly open to Muslim immigration.
But, that would spoil the narrative and would compromise the warm fuzzy feelings of tolerance that everyone felt upon hearing the man speak.
One suspects that neither he nor the assembled Democrats would have had the same warm feelings if they had been reminded of the terrorist acts committed by Muslim immigrants.
The unfortunate truth is that this man son’s heroism and his good name have been tarnished by the actions of his fellow Muslims. About that no one had anything to say.
The reputation of Islam has been destroyed by the actions of Muslims themselves. Not by all Muslims, of course, but reputation does not depend on the behavior of all members of a group. And reputation is not a function of individual behavior.
Human beings belong to groups. They are seen first and primarily as members of groups. If people from within your group act badly and tarnish the name of your group, you ought to save your anger for them, not to go on national television to accuse Americans of being intolerant.
By the way, what have Bill or Hillary Clinton ever sacrificed for their country?