Donald Trump Says He Would Be Open to Closing U.S. Mosques to Fight ISIS
Donald Trump loves controversy. In his latest attack, he suggested that he would be more than willing to close U.S. mosques to combat ISIS.
Without any proof how these mosques are engaging in alleged terrorism, Trump somehow forgot that the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.
Talking on the Fox Business Network, Trump was asked if he would be willing to close mosques to combat terrorism.
“I would do that, absolutely,” he responded.
“It depends if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear,” he said.
The New York Times reports:
The Council of American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group for Muslims, said on Wednesday that Mr. Trump was calling for an infringement on religious freedom.
“Donald Trump’s apparent willingness to close down American mosques that he deems ‘extreme’ is totally incompatible with the Constitution and our nation’s cherished principle of religious freedom,” said Robert McCaw, a government affairs manager for the group.
Mr. Trump drew criticism from Muslim groups last month when he did not rebut a supporter who said: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.”
Muslims have taken offense to remarks from Mr. Trump and Ben Carson, one of his leading rivals for the nomination, who said he did not think a follower of Islam should be president.
For his part, Mr. Trump has said he is concerned about religious extremists, not Muslims generally.
“I love the Muslims,” he said in September. “I think they’re great people.”
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