Ban­non hates Mus­lims.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Al­though he has a long his­tory of mak­ing in­flam­ma­tory state­ments about what he calls “Is­lamic fas­cism,” and he was an ar­chi­tect of the ban on trav­el­ers from six ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim coun­tries, Ban­non is not re­flex­ively anti-Mus­lim. His na­tion­al­ist phi­los­o­phy is built upon ideas drawn from a per­sonal guru of sorts, René Guénon, an early-20th-cen­tury French meta­physi­cian who was raised Ro­man Catholic, prac­ticed oc­cultism and Freema­sonry, and later be­came a Sufi Mus­lim and ob­served sharia. Guénon is the in­tel­lec­tual god­fa­ther of a move­ment known as Tra­di­tion­al­ism, many of whose fol­low­ers con­verted to Is­lam be­cause they be­lieved that it was the path to es­o­teric knowl­edge lost to the West (though he ad­mires Guénon, Ban­non is a Tri­den­tine Catholic).

Guénon’s phi­los­o­phy is built upon the be­lief that the world has been in de­cline since the En­light­en­ment and is now in the midst of a “dark age” — a theme Ban­non has echoed and chan­neled into Trump’s pol­i­tics and speeches. As Guénon wrote in 1924, he wished to “re­store to the West an ap­pro­pri­ate tra­di­tional civ­i­liza­tion.” Trump’s tweets Wed­nes­day say­ing that trans­gen­der peo­ple would not be al­lowed to serve in the mil­i­tary was a ges­ture in this di­rec­tion — and a ges­ture Ban­non sup­ported.

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