There have been varying opinions on how terrorism in the United States should be addressed and countered, and along with it are issues on religion. Recently, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that racial profiling should be considered as a preventive measure against incidents similar to the Orlando mass shooting, but CNN political commentator Van Jones disagrees.
"Well I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country," Trump said during an interview with phone interview CBS's "Face the Nation." "Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads."
Jones, a lawyer and author, disagrees with him, however. On CNN's "Newsroom," he said that it's not Muslims who are likely to commit mass shootings, and racial profiling is not going to be an effective way to counter this type of atrocity.
"I just think it's really interesting that we're talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings," Jones said. "The vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren't Muslims at all ... [it's] the young white men."
Jones continued to say that a person is "seven times more likely to be killed by a right wing extremist â€” a racist or an anti-government nutjob" than by a Muslim.
"I just think it's important for us to recognize, now we've so much associated the religion of Islam with shooting," he said. "If a Christian shoots somebody, we don't say a Christian shot them; but if a Muslim shoots somebody, we say a Muslim shot them. I think that's starting to muddy the waters."
Elsewhere, Christian pastor Rev. John Fairweather, in a letter to the editor of The Des Moines Register, said that it's not right to call the Islamic State terror organization as Islam as it does not deserve it. He explained his view, saying that even though members of the Ku Klux Klan claimed to be Christian, the violent radical organization "did not deserve the label Christian." In the same way, ISIS is a violent and powerful organization, and while it claims the label Islam, " the group does not deserve the term Islamic."
"The KKK is not Christian," he opined. "ISIS is not Islamic."