Let’s get that out of the way right up front. The young woman from Hoover who left the country a few years ago to join the Islamic State, or ISIS, should not be granted free entry into the country again simply because she’s now realized that she made a mistake.
Muthana screwed up. Royally. And she should face the consequences of her actions, and she should have American law enforcement and intelligence agencies thoroughly investigate her. And she should serve a lengthy jail sentence, if those entities and the courts determine one is warranted.
But we have to let her back in.
If we can find a place in our justice system for a man who shot dead people worshipping in a church service or those who shot dead young kids in a school, then we should be able to find a place for Muthana.
Honestly, I would think the people of Alabama would be most understanding about this. Particularly those who continue to fight to preserve monuments to men who led a revolt against the U.S. — men who turned their backs on their county over an awful, horrifying cause.
Seems like we should know better than anyone that sometimes folks just get twisted up and make awful decisions.
Particularly when religion is involved.
How many dumb and downright terrible things have occurred in Alabama in the name of religion?
Our ancestors used it to justify slavery. It was used to justify Jim Crow laws. I’ve heard it used to defend not providing welfare to poor people. It was used a few years ago to justify a terrible anti-immigration bill.
And let’s be honest, religion is truly at the heart of wanting to keep Muthana out of the country. Our fear of Islam — particularly “radical Islam” — will lead us to violate any portion of the Constitution.
“Those who betray the country and fight for ISIS have to suffer the consequences for their actions. Secretary Pompeo has expressed that she has no legal basis to return to the U.S. and I agree with him. She forfeited the privileges of citizenship when she provided aid to radical extremists seeking to kill Americans,” Palmer told AL.com.