Religious Tolerance After September 11th. Essay

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After September 11, 2001 it became obvious that our country would experience many changes in foreign policy and security measures. One change that perhaps was not foreseen is the shift in religious tolerance, particularly the conflict between Muslims and Christians, or more specifically, extremist Muslims and uninformed Christians. Unfortunately, terrorist actions taken by extremist Muslims have imparted upon many Christian Americans negative views toward all those practicing Islam.Our country is made up of many different people with many different religious beliefs, but Christians are the majority in the public, and the overwhelming majority in our national government. As much as our political leaders state that they in no way discriminate against anyone, there have clearly been several changes in policy affecting only certain citizens and non-citizens living in our country. One specific change is the policy from the newly established Department of Homeland Security requiring non-citizen men from twenty-five countries with large Muslim populations to register with U.S. Immigration authorities before April of this year. The purpose of this policy is to isolate and identify any Muslim men who may have connections to any known terrorist groups, but to critics it is nothing more than a hastily thrown together plan to make visible to citizens and the rest of the world that the American government is doing some type of action to prevent another terrorist attack against our country. Regardless of the intentions of the policy, eighty-two thousand men came forward to register, and as of June 7 thirteen thousand of those men face deportation because they are residing in this country illegally. However, only eleven of those eighty-two thousand men and the thousands more Muslim men who have been stopped and checked at airports and border crossings have been linked to any kind of terrorism (Swarns). Only those Muslin men who have nothing to hide and abide our laws observed and acted in accordance with this registration policy, while those in our country who have terrorist connections knew that they would be caught and simply did not comply. This policy serves as a fine way to identify and expel illegal aliens from our country, but it is not an efficient way to identify and apprehend terrorists. If one were to argue that the policy is effective and worthwhile based purely on the number of illegal residents it will expel, consider this; out of the eight million illegal aliens estimated to be living in the United States this year, only seventy-eight thousand are from countries that are known to produce terrorists, compared to the nearly four million illegal immigrants from Mexico (Center for Immigration Studies). If the Homeland Security Department's purpose with this policy was to identify and deport illegal aliens, eradicating the country of thirteen thousand illegal aliens would be considered a victory, but it seems likely that they would first concentrate...

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