Fareed Zakaria: I Am Appalled By Donald Trump’s Bigotry Not As A Muslim, But As An American
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria gave his take on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s hateful and fearmongering rhetoric towards Muslims during his opening this Sunday. I don’t always agree with Zakaria, but he’s spot on here when it comes to Trump and how dangerous his demagoguery is.
Zakaria read his recent op-ed aloud that was published in The Washington Post for his viewers, and I have to say, I completely share his disgust with Trump: I am a Muslim. But Trump’s views appall me because I am an American.:
I think of myself first and foremost as an American. I’m proud of that identity because as an immigrant, it came to me through deep conviction and hard work, not the accident of birth. I also think of myself as a husband, father, guy from India, journalist, New Yorker and (on my good days) an intellectual. But in today’s political climate, I must embrace another identity. I am a Muslim.
I am not a practicing Muslim. The last time I was in a mosque, except as a tourist, was decades ago. My wife is Christian, and we have not raised our children as Muslims. My views on faith are complicated — somewhere between deism and agnosticism. I am completely secular in my outlook. But as I watch the way in which Republican candidates are dividing Americans, I realize that it’s important to acknowledge the religion into which I was born.