New York - Trump Suggestion Closing Down American Mosques Draws Rebuke From CAIR
New York - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s apparent willingness to close down American mosques.
During an interview last night on Fox Business with Stuart Varney, Trump was asked whether, as president, he would follow the lead of a British proposal to close “extremist” mosques.
“I would do that, absolutely, I think it’s great,” said Trump. When pressed on whether he could close a mosque, given American laws protecting religious freedom, Trump said, “Well I don’t know,” and conceded, “I mean, I haven’t heard about the closing of the mosque. It depends, if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don’t know. You’re going to have to certainly look at it.”
“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 CAIR Government Affairs Department Manager Robert McCaw. “The government should not be in the business of deciding what is acceptable free speech or religious belief. Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks are both un-American, and un-presidential.”
McCaw asked Trump to clarify his definition of “extremism” and to elaborate on what criteria would be used to close any house of worship.
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