Recently, Donald Trump outlined a new approach on how to vet and accept (mostly Islamic) refugees and other immigrants into our country: subject them to a series of questions that they would have to answer under oath.
According to the Associated Press, the system would “assess a candidate’s stances on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. Through questionnaires, searching social media, interviewing friends and family or other means, applicants would be vetted to see whether they support American values like tolerance and pluralism.”
There is one YUGE problem with this tactic: extremist Islamists are allowed and encouraged to lie to nullify such obstacles. There is a word for this in Islam: Taqiyya.
Taqiyya, essentially, is an Islamic juridical term whose shifting meaning relates to when a Muslim is allowed, under Sharia law, to lie to non-Muslims. Taqiyya is the practice of hiding the truth; deliberately concealing one’s beliefs.
One reason to lie is to further the Islamic State through Jihad. If an extremist is asked during Trump’s vetting system if he believes in American values, our Constitution, our freedoms, including things like gay marriage, the Islamist will answer in any way to appease the questioner. However, he does not believe what he says. He is practicing Taqiyya.
Once he (or she) is vetted and approved for entry, nothing in his or her mindset or goal has changed. He is spiritually clean because Taqiyya has allowed him or her to deceive as long as they can forward their goal of spreading Islam and practicing the Jihad. Trump might think that his idea is a great idea, “the best idea.” However, before he latches onto it as the ultimate panacea,he should consider that both the Boston Bombers and Anwar-al-Awlaki, took this oath of allegiance at their American naturalization ceremonies:
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
They didn’t mean it, of course; that’s Taqiyya in action.