Thursday, April 27, 2017

USA: Mormon Scholars Are Reaching Back Into Church History To Support Muslims


In the amicus brief, the scholars reached back into history to draw a striking parallel between how the United States government treated Mormons in the past and how Muslims are treated today.

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By Carol Kuruvilla | April 27, 2017

Mormonism was once painted as a “danger to the American political system and way of life.”

President Donald Trump’s beleaguered travel ban has encouraged one group of Mormon scholars to come forward to stand in solidarity with Muslims.

Nineteen Mormon scholars filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where judges are preparing to hear arguments next month about Trump’s revised executive order on immigration.

The order, which a Hawaii federal judge has blocked from being implemented nationwide, seeks to cap refugee resettlement, ban some nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country for 90 days, and carry out other goals.

Critics have called the order a backdoor Muslim ban.

In the amicus brief, the scholars reached back into history to draw a striking parallel between how the United States government treated Mormons in the past and how Muslims are treated today.

The signers were experts in Mormon studies and American history, not all of whom identify as Mormon. They included prominent thinkers like Harvard University’s Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, University of Virginia’s Kathleen Flake, and University of Richmond’s Terryl Givens.

Together, they urged the Court to make sure “history does not repeat itself.”

“If the Executive Order does target Muslims for disfavored treatment, then the history of the federal government’s mistreatment of Mormons suggests it could take decades—if not longer—to undo the damage that such official action would do to the body politic and to the place of Muslims in American society,” the scholars wrote.


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