Islamic Totalitarians have become the greatest threat to freedom in the modern world. Murderous, Theocratic nations openly express their intent to conquer and cow us. Every day, there is news of a new attack. Militant Islam is clearly a threat. How to respond?
I agree with the direct approach advocated by the late, great John David Lewis: conquer rogue terror states and forcefully impose separation of state and religion. But leave freedom of religion alone -- in fact, enforce it under threat of annihilation. Freedom of individual thought, freedom of belief, and (therefore) freedom of religion must be upheld in a free society. Without exception.
The free world ought to abide by the same moral rule: there can be no such thing as Thought Crime. Privately practiced religion should be a non-issue for law-abiding citizens of a free nation. This principle should be codified into Constitutions and righteously enforced, everywhere.
There are many Muslims living in America, UK, Europe, etc., who are much like their Christian (or Deist or whatever) neighbors: working hard to make the best of things for themselves and for their own. I sympathize, and assert that all law-abiding individuals ought to be considered equally under the law, regardless of their personal beliefs. In these trying times, I stress that this principle most emphatically includes Muslims.
A "War on Islam" is as misguided as a "War or Terror." War is (or ought to be) a conflict with another Nation-State, for a specifically designed purpose, legally authorized by the Legislative and Executive Branches, and fully supported by the populous. Anything else is a Police Action, harming free people foreign and domestic.
Given that our governments have failed in this duty, I feel I must support the efforts that our military is allowed to make against the worldwide virus of Totalitarian Islam. But I will never support the use of that might to wage War against domestic Muslim Citizens. Muslims qua believers should be treated no different from any other Citizen.
Muslims should not be targeted for deportation, and suggestions to the contrary are shameful. This is a tragic, emotionalistic inversion of rational principle. Again, freedom of ideology (above all) should be protected under Law. This means that government should not take one's personal beliefs into account when enforcing Law. Immigration and deportation are absolutely not excluded from this principle.
When I'm 64, I don't want to begin the story to my grandkid with, "When they came for the Muslims..."