It has only been 10 days since Donald Trump has been president, but it feels like a century.
A majority of our readership voted for the man, hoping he could fix a broken political system. But by now it is clear that Trump plans to destroy that system — not fix it — and the great American experiment hangs in the balance.
And we shouldn’t be surprised. Trump the president has proven to be the same man as Trump the candidate. At every campaign stop he proposed policies of cruelty and ignorance, and on that he has delivered in spades. Consider recent actions as campaign promises kept.
The result has been worldwide chaos, panic and anger — most recently and publicly in response to Trump’s ban on refugees fleeing from some of the most dangerous places on the planet.
Trump’s order barring Muslims from those seven nations — and giving priority to Christians — is un-American, unconstitutional and immoral.
But it’s not just us saying that. Here is a brief list of the myriad of people and political ideologies who have spoke out against the policy. We hope you add your voice to the chorus.
“The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy, which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian ... You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25 ... It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help.”
— Pope Francis
“(Trump’s plan) goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
— Former vice president Dick Cheney
“In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.”
— Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, in a memo to staff
“It is an inhumane act against people fleeing war zones.”
— Doctors Without Borders
“Foreigners from those seven nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015.”
— Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute
“Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”
— Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Lindsey Graham, R- S.C.
“(The executive order is) akin to President Trump taking a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty.”
— Jen Smyers, Church World Service
“It’s a horrible idea and I really I feel for all the people who are affected, families are being torn apart and I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world. It’s going about it completely opposite. You want to solve terror, you want to solve crime, this is not the way to do it.”
— Steve Kerr, NBA basketball coach whose father was assassinated in Lebanon
“While not explicitly a religious test, it comes close to one which is inconsistent with our American character.”
— Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
“Discrimination on nationality alone is forbidden under human rights law. The U.S. ban is also mean-spirited, and wastes resources needed for proper counter-terrorism.”
— Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, United Nations human rights chief
“It’s a deep and tragic irony that Donald Trump is slamming the door in the faces of refugees right before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The entire refugee convention came out of the Holocaust and the failure of the international community to protect Jews and survivors.”
—Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, which was formed in 1881 to help Jews fleeing ethnic cleansing in Eastern Europe
“Regardless of whether or how you worship, where you come from or who you love, everyone’s individual experience is what makes us stronger as a whole. Those values are being threatened by the recent executive order in the U.S. banning refugees, as well as visitors, from seven Muslim-majority countries. This is a policy we don’t support.”
— Mark Parker, Nike CEO
“(The executive order is) a clear insult to the Islamic world ... and a great gift to extremists and their supporters.”
— Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“This 90-day ban ... is unacceptable and I urge the administration to halt enforcement of this order until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be reinstated.”
— Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Penn.
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize, and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
— Former President Barack Obama
“If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion.”
— Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.
“We have no evidence that would support a belief that the Obama administration was discriminating against Christian populations. (World Relief is against) any measure that would discriminate against the most vulnerable people in the world based on ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender or gender identity. Our commitment is to serve vulnerable people without regard to those factors, or any others.”
— Rev. Scott Arbeiter, president of World Relief, humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals