Well that was a fun headline to figure out.
Anyway, today on NPR’s Morning Edition, anchor David Greene interviewed Arizona resident Eileen Eagar, who is a Donald Trump supporter and a Latter-day Saint. Eileen is apparently unaware of Evan McMullin.
We’ve covered extensively how Latter-day Saints are uncomfortable with Donald Trump for many reasons, not least of which is his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States, which echoes eerily close to Mormons’ hearts, given their own past.
Mrs. Eagar, however, supports the temporary ban, and tries desperately to equate Muslims entering the United States to the Mormon exodus across the Midwest and eventually to Utah. Very little of it makes any sense:
So at one time when the Mormon Church first began, [Mormons] would congregate naturally together just like the Muslim people do. And pretty soon, someone would run for a public office. Well then, they would be chased out of that place because of the fact that the local people were concerned about the power of that Mormon group of people. They were chased clear across the country until they came to Utah.
So in a way I understand completely Trump saying he would ban the Muslims from coming here. But do you understand why he says that? Are you a little bit afraid that someone might walk into your school, where your children are, because he wants to kill anyone who doesn’t believe the same way that he does?
See, and that’s the difference between the Mormons that were chased and the Muslims. The Mormons wanted to live peaceably amongst the people. The Muslims want to come here and change many of them. What we’re doing—if they believe in the Q’ran—that’s what they want to do. And their goal—many of them—is to kill us.
Very little of this makes any sense. First off, Muslims congregate together. Mormons congregate together. Korean Americans congregate together. Democrats congregate together. Like-minded people or folks from similar ethnic, cultural, or religious background regularly congregate together. This is not some special think unique to Islam.
Moreover, are Muslims being chased around because they are running for public office and developing perceived oversized political and cultural clout?
I could go on, but I won’t. Listen for yourself and enjoy in all its merriment.
Mormons were not perfect neighbors, but the persecution against them far outweighed what any group might or might not merit. The analog between the Mormon experience and the Muslim one is that Mormons already endured undue persecution at the hands of a unjust rulers and mobs, and many of us rightfully hope to help any other group avoid such a fate.
Religious freedom for all, unless they fit the racial profile of a terrorist.