This week, as the death toll in the Paris attacks climbed to 130, the rhetoric in the U.S. turned ugly. Even though all the attackers identified so far were European nationals, American politicians were vying to see who could shut the door on Syrian refugees the hardest. On Thursday, the House voted to add more requirements to what is already an arduous process. Even worse was Jeb Bush’s suggestion that perhaps refugees should have to prove that they’re Christian, or Donald Trump saying we might have “no choice” but to shut down mosques. Marco Rubio went one step further, saying “it’s about closing down any place” where “radicals are being inspired.” Even as Americans continue to stand with Parisians, our leaders seem ready to abandon our principles. What the terrorists are attacking is openness and tolerance – giving them exactly what they want seems like a very odd way to fight them.
(This commentary was sampled from The Huffington Post.)