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AHMET HAKAN >Well done you beautiful Americans

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When U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the U.S., you beautiful Americans took to the nearest airports as if to tell the guy off. “If you have presidential executive orders, we have the airport…” 

Thank you and well done to all of you. I hope your energy never ceases…  

With all your different identities, with all your different colors, with all your different lifestyles, with all your different beliefs, you come together to take to the airports of New York, San Francisco, Oregon, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. 

You cried out, “We are all Muslims.” You made a strong point; you challenged the decision-maker. 
How nice and beautiful! I salute and respect you.

You said, “You cannot ban Muslims!” You also said, “Count me as a Muslim too!” You said, “Stop anti-Muslim discrimination!”

In short, with your conscience you fostered hope in humanity that had long diminished. Thank you and best wishes. 

The protests came at just the time when we were all in very low spirits, thinking the world was becoming a very bad place. We had silently accepted that the world would become a world of Trumps and Trump-a-likes. We had started to say that ideals of freedom and justice are just tall tales.

Then you stood up. You dispersed this dark atmosphere.  

Bravo. Well done to you all. A thousand thanks…

The US national will 

I want to address those who legitimize everything with reference to the “national will.” Do you say Trump’s embarrassing Muslim ban is “the outcome of the American nation’s national will and we should respect it”? Or do you say, “Such a national will cannot happen. It does not exist”?

This is what the separation of powers means


So President Trump issued his notorious executive order. 

But fortunately there are still judges in the U.S. They said there could not be such an executive order. They said they would tear apart this executive order and throw it into the trash. 

This is addressed to those people who turn up their noses saying, “What is this ‘separation of powers’ you talk about? What do you mean? Is that such a big deal?” 

Do you see now what separation of powers mean? 

First they first came for the Muslims 

There is a very famous quote from Nazi Germany that reads as follows: 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

There was a poster at one of the demonstrations in the U.S. It read: “First they came for Muslims. And we said, ‘Not today…’” 

The most Islamic 

Meanwhile, I read in Ayşe Böhürler’s column in Yeni Şafak about interesting research on the values that the Quran and the “sunna” demand from a state. According to these criteria, researchers made a list of the “most Islamic countries.”

The top three countries in the list were New Zealand, Luxembourg and Ireland.

January/31/2017

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