Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity following the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice:
Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be. Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.
I don’t disagree with Newt Gingrich when he says Western Civilization is at war. I also agree that Western Civilization and Sharia law are incompatible. There is also no question that a critical mass of Muslims (including some in the United States) want to destroy Western Civilization and replace it with Sharia law. But what Gingrich is proposing is immoral in principle and unworkable in practice. It is also fundamentally un-American.
The former House Speaker’s proposal amounts to collective punishment and alienates American Muslims who have no quarrel with this country. It arbitrarily and automatically turns law abiding American Muslims into suspects. While there are circumstances where it is warranted for us to monitor mosques and madrassas as well as social media for jihadist activity, to subject all American Muslims to such a policy effectively questions their loyalty without just cause. Such a plan would cost billions of dollars on top of the billions spent enforcing a Muslim immigration and travel ban should Trump be elected this November. Enormous resources would be wasted in the course of carrying out this policy without stopping a single terrorist attack. It is a policy proposed as impractical as expanding background checks which would have not stopped a mass shooting.
And how exactly do you deport Muslims born and raised in this country and know no other home? Where would we send them? If we’re unprepared to accept Syrian refugees then how can we count on Muslim countries to accept our deportees?
Newt Gingrich is an ideas man. Some of them are good, but a lot of them are just stupid. This one ranks up there with his proposal to colonize The Moon. Quite frankly, his proposal to test the loyalty of every American Muslim is utter lunacy.
UPDATE: During a Facebook Live session today, Gingrich admitted it was impossible to deport a Muslim who is an American citizen. No kidding.