A Counterproposal to That of Mr Trump

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King David Handing the Letter to Uriah.

How to deal with the Gentiles when they submit to peace, and when they will rather make war:

When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it: and when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword: but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

So, too, though in a more spiritual sense, should Christian nations deal with those who are not of God: those who will have peace, who even if not believing the holy gospel will submit to its political terms, to live peaceably under its law and the explicit acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as the Lord of the state, Christians are to accept; for we no longer have a call to destroy utterly the Amorites in the land. Those, however, who will make war and dissimulate with seditious taqiyya even though not oppressed for the sake of their belief, them we ought to smite or expel. The terms imposed may include the requirement that foreigners not professing the Christian faith attend an approved Christian church service twice a month, in order to ensure that (barring catastrophe) certain religions do not come to rule the nation. In this way we may live without feeling the need to examine Moriscos with an Inquisition, but instead be freed to treat them kindly as friends living faithfully under the same ruler.

In token of their good faith, then, foreigners may be required to give an oath of allegiance, similar to the one imposed by the Quebec Act upon those professing the religion of the Church of Rome:

I A.B., do sincerely promise and swear: That I will be faithful, and bear true Allegiance to his Majesty King George, and him will defend to the utmost of my Power, against all traitorous Conspiracies, and Attempts whatsoever, which shall be made against his Person, Crown, and Dignity; and I will do my utmost Endeavor to disclose and make known to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, all Treasons, and traitorous Conspiracies, and Attempts, which I shall know to be against him, or any of them; and all this I do swear without any Equivocation, mental Evasion, or secret Reservation, and renouncing all Pardons and Dispensations from any Power or Person whomsoever to the contrary. So help me GOD.

These terms, I believe, are milder than those which Islamic rulers have ordered for Christians, denying Muslims neither the free exercise of their religion, provided they observe the bounds of good order, nor the opportunity to live well and unmolested under the rule of an unbigoted law.

And, as I have before, so I continue to support the return of the Alien Acts passed in 1798.

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