The existential motivation for Islamophobia — and what to do about it.

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Early in the 2016 Presidential campaign, which feels like both a lifetime ago and only yesterday, then-candidate Donald Trump stood in front of supporters and called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Just seven days after his inauguration, the world experienced its first taste of conservative social policy in the Trump era when President Trump issued an executive order to ban entry from seven Muslim-majority nations.

It ignited massive protests in the US and abroad. It triggered an extended legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. It prompted public…

Kenneth Vail

Psychological scientist at Cleveland State University & President of the International Society for the Science of Existential Psychology.

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