I don’t know whether President Obama is doing everything right in addressing the ISIS/Daesh threat. I depart from some liberal friends on police use of metadata and other security matters. I am, however, reassured by the President’s calm solidity, which presents such a contrast with pandering and posturing politicians looking to score political points in the aftermath of an atrocity.

I don’t know what to say about presidential candidates and governors who would take in only Christian refugees in the wake of the agony in Syria and the Paris attacks. The United States faces a quite-manageable security threat from the refugees we have agreed to admit. Hiding in plain sight, our simplest anti-terrorism policy is our most effective: Embrace people from every religion and community, and ensure their equality and success in American life. It would be a huge mistake, not to mention an equally huge betrayal of our national ideals, to back away from that.

In any event, the openly-expressed anti-Muslim sentiments directed against refugees in recent days bring back memories, and not good ones.

No room at the Inn

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.