March 11, 2016—For the Liberty Report’s last Myth-Busters segment, Dr. Ron Paul discusses business mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claims concerning Islam.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump said he thinks “Islam hates us.” He went on to claim that the religion is partly defined by a “tremendous hatred,” while also stating that the war the United States should be fighting must target “radical Islam.” Despite his claims, he told Cooper that radical and civilized Islam are “very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.”
To Ron Paul, his statement is riddled with collectivist ideas that do not pass the smell test. When asked about Trump’s comments, Paul first explained that it’s impossible for Islam itself to hate anyone:
“Well, [Trump’s idea on Islam] is a myth because Islam itself does not hate us. There are probably some believers in Islam who do some hating but that is minor compared to the problem that we have.
The first part of this myth is that they hate us because their religion teaches them to hate us and that everybody who’s a devout Muslim or Islamist is required by theology to hate Christians and anybody in the West. I think that’s a myth. And also, [this myth] has recently been used as a reason why we have to be concerned about a terrorist attack, [and that it’s] a religious issue as well, and we’re told that they hate us because we’re free and we’re rich. And both of those [ideas] are myths that we should challenge.
I happen to, on a personal basis, [know] a lot of Muslims who practice medicine here [in Texas] and it seems like they enjoy freedom and prosperity just like all of us do. But nevertheless, that is used, it’s a religion thing and they hate our freedoms and our prosperity. Of course, this all came out of the 9/11 episode and they didn’t want to ever consider the fact that probably there are some individuals who don’t like us because we’re seen as occupiers, invaders, and actually a country that kills a lot of people and don’t have a lot of consideration for it.”
Dr. Paul goes on to talk about how there’s always some violence related to religious text, even in the Old Testament. He explains that, blaming religion for our foreign policy woes is nothing but another scapegoat.
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