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Friday, February 22, 2019

Sympathy For The Devil?

This story has kind of slipped beneath the headlines, and yet I find it profoundly disturbing, especially coming under an Administration headed by a man who spent years challenging the birthright citizenship of the 44th President of the United States.  Apparently the State Department was convinced that Hoda Muthana was a U.S. citizen at least twice; but now they have decided she is not worthy to re-enter the U.S., despite being a citizen.

It has probably slipped away because "Muslim" and "ISIS" and even "radical Islam."  I have no sympathy for Muthana, and if she faces criminal charges she should be returned to the U.S. to face them (what, she's more dangerous than "El Chapo"?  He's the former head of one of the largest, most violent drug rings in the world.  She married a mensch in ISIS.).  Is her punishment to be denied her birthright?  That's a very slippery slope, especially coming from a President who wonders aloud why he can't prosecute a comedy show and declares the press the "enemy of the people."  Is the problem for the rest of us simply that Muthana is unsympathetic?

I know this will play out in the courts, but I'm growing tired of expecting the courts to save us from men who have no respect for the rule of law.


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