On March 9th, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said that Muslims hate the United States, and former congressman and journalist, Joe Scarborough, devoted no small amount of time on his television program, Morning Joe, castigating Mr. Trump for putting forward such an abhorrent idea. The next day, Mr. Scarborough and his sidekick, Mika Brzezinski, seem unaware of how the Islamic hatred of Christianity, Judaism, the LGBT community, and non-Muslim citizens of the United States is incompatible with good mental health and freedoms we take for granted in the United States.
As a mental health professional, I believe that there are political paradigms that promote mental health, and those that do not. Islam and sharia fall into the second of these two categories. The beheadings, stonings, and amputations that take place in Islamic countries are undeniable, as are the “weddings” that take place between men in their sixties and “brides” who are nine, ten, and eleven years of age. Those of us who are not Muslim are, by definition, “infidels,” and the holy writings of Islam instruct Muslims to do one of three things when they encounter infidels: (1) convert them to Islam, (2) enslave them, or (3) kill them.
The holy texts of Islam also permit Muslims to engage in strategic misrepresentation of their true intentions, if such misrepresentations facilitate infiltration into the homes, organizations, neighborhoods, and governmental agencies of the United States. Interested readers are referred to taqiyya and kitman.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski may be well-intentioned, but their misguided certitude on this matter does not serve well their viewing public. The viewers of Morning Joe would be better informed if Joe and Mika did their homework before fatuous chest-thumping on national television.
Andrew J. Billups, PsyD