Political And Nativist Rhetoric On Terrorism Clouds The Root Of The Terror Problem

Political And Nativist Rhetoric On Terrorism Clouds The Root Of The Terror Problem

How the NYC terror incident has revealed America's troubling lack of true efforts to prevent terrorism

Not even a day after Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, politicians had moved on from their statements of “this is a terrible tragedy” to a politicization of the event.

On Twitter, Donald Trump used the attack as an excuse to further his immigration agenda, claiming that the visa lottery system that allowed Sayfullo Saipov to enter our country was to blame for this horrific act of terror, and should thus be eliminated.

He called for a system that vets potential immigrants based solely on merit, doing away with a bill that allows “diversity immigrants” from countries with very low immigration levels to the US to apply to be put into a lottery to receive Visas.

According to the New York Times, Trump is misinformed if he believes this particular bill, passed with support from Democrats and Republicans in 1990, is not merit-based because it requires applicants to have a degree or approved job. Saipov was considered to have the required “merit” to become an American citizen, and was vetted through all the proper channels.

Does this mean we need more stringent vetting processes? Are we letting too many people “slip through the cracks”?

That’s the argument that always emerges after these incidents when they are committed by an immigrant. But it ignores several crucial facts. First, Saipov was “apparently was radicalized after he came to the United States” according to the Washington Post. According to a widely reported assessment by the Department of Homeland Security, radicalization years after arriving to the United States is quite typical of immigrants who commit acts of terror.

So how are we supposed to vet people for terrorism before they have become terrorists? And what about all the American-born citizens who have committed terrorist acts? Should we all have to take mandatory personality tests every month to make sure we haven’t become terrorists?

Because the fact is, many terrorist acts (some have argued that it is the majority), are committed by home-grown Americans.

We already know that any policy by Trump to restrict immigration isn’t based on facts. Earlier this year, it was reported that immigrants from the countries included in his proposed travel ban had literally committed zero terrorist attacks on American soil. But it’s not just Trump.

We as a country have a tendency to revert to nativist ways of thinking when events like this happen. Unlike with school shooters and the like, we never ask questions like “what was the state of his mental health?” or “what was his childhood like?” We definitely don’t ask how the social and cultural norms in our country lead immigrants and native-born citizens alike to commit acts of terror.

What led Saipov to become so obsessed with videos of ISIS on the internet? Why did he become so disillusioned with the country he jumped through hoops to immigrate to seven years ago?

When we ask these questions, we are not excusing the act of terror, but attempting to understand the reasons one becomes a terrorist, beyond them being from a country in the Middle East. And if we look at the why, maybe we can figure out a solution to combating terrorism that doesn’t simply put a rhetorical and nationalistic band-aid on an extremely complex issue.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.

"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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Christian Women And Modern Feminism Cannot Coexist

Women who hold the truths of the Bible cannot also hold the ideas of modern feminism.


Feminism, as it is defined, is the "advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is NOT where the problem lies.

Eve was made from the rib of Adam, not from the foot to be below him, or the head to be above him, but the rib to stand beside him. The problem does not stand with the ideology that women and men are equal as humans, as this is a Biblical truth.

The problem lies within what feminism has become.

For Christian women, our calling is outlined directly in Titus 2. It states, "(women) are to love their husbands and children, be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands."

This seems to fly directly in the face of modern feminism, doesn't it? Working at home?! How dare you say that! Notably, this verse never says women cannot have a career outside of the home; it simply says that the home is a priority when a woman has a husband and children.

Submissive to their husbands?! That sounds like slavery!

The church is to submit to Christ's word and will, and the husband is to be the spiritual leader of his home. Similarly, the wife is ideally like the church in which she allows her husband to lead the family. It never says that a woman is a servant and can be abused by her husband.

Modern feminism teaches that women are not just similar to men, but that they should be better.

They constantly focus on what they can do that men can't, and what they can do better than men. Why is this a problem for Christian women? Men and women are meant to complement each other in their personalities and physicalities, they are not meant to try and outdo each other.

God made both man and woman to bind together and live life together, as humans are made for companionship. Modern feminism also teaches that you have every right to abort a child within you, even if it's a result of your own irresponsibilities.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart..." As a Christian woman, how could you support an ideology that completely disregards the sanctity of human life?

Modern feminism attacks the core of Christian womanhood and effectively destroys the special qualities of women created by God.

We are made differently than men and that is OK. If you are a Christian woman, and you hold the truths of the Bible as law in your heart, there is absolutely no logical way that modern feminist ideologies can coexist.

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