J. PHARAOH DOSS

On Jan. 21, 2017, there was a women’s march in the nation’s capital. Democratic Senator Kamala Harris addressed the audience and said it was time for the nation to prioritize women’s issues.

A week later, President Trump issued an executive order titled: Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals. This order limited travel to the U.S. from certain countries considered “conflict zones.”

Critics immediately labeled the executive order a “Muslim ban.”

Some complained the “Muslim ban” would increase hostility toward the United States and make America more vulnerable to terror attacks. Others felt the threat of Islamic terrorism was exaggerated and the executive order was unnecessary.

But in that seven-day period from the women’s march to the signing of the executive order there were 36 Islamic attacks in 11 countries.

Last month the number of attacks quadrupled in twice as many countries, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing on “Ideology and Terror: Understanding the Tools, Tactics, and Techniques of Violent Extremism.”

Senator Harris was on the committee along with three other women senators from the Democratic Party. The expert witnesses were two women born into Islam, but defected from the faith due to gender-related indignities.

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