Muslim-American group condemns Donald Trump’s praise of ‘pig’s blood’ technique to stop terrorists

Published: February 21, 2016
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Donald J Trump’s suggestion that executing Islamic terrorists using bullets soaked in pigs’ blood would be sign of toughness was met with astonishment from members of the American Muslim community on Saturday.

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“Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has crossed the line from spreading hatred to inciting violence,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “By directly stating that the only way to stop terrorism is to murder Muslims in graphic and religiously-offensive ways, he places the millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk from rogue vigilantes.”

The statement came in response to Mr Trump’s remarks at a campaign rally on Friday night during which he spoke approvingly about how the American military supposedly once used such practices, though it is widely believed to be a myth. The Republican presidential candidate also embraced the practice of waterboarding, which he described as “minimal torture.”

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Mr Awad called Mr Trump’s language dangerous.

“He further implies that our nation should adopt a strategy of systematized violence in its engagement with the global Muslim community, a chilling message from a potential leader,” he said. “We pray that no one who hears this message follows his gospel of hate.”

This article originally appeared on the International New York Times, a global partner of The Express Tribune.

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  • smash
    Feb 21, 2016 - 5:05PM

    Trump for president. Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 21, 2016 - 5:32PM

    Israelis already bury terrorists with dead pigs. Recommend

  • Mahesh
    Feb 21, 2016 - 5:43PM

    Trump for POTUSRecommend

  • nasser
    Feb 21, 2016 - 6:03PM

    @smash:
    Day dreaming of the insane. US public is not fool to have idiots like Trump as it’s CEO. US is different than India where likes of Modi can become prime minister.Recommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Feb 21, 2016 - 6:58PM

    My vote for Donald TrumpRecommend

  • Travis
    Feb 21, 2016 - 7:52PM

    The world seems to have taken the gloves off – finally !Recommend

  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 21, 2016 - 8:32PM

    But the terrorists aren’t Muslims..right?Recommend

  • hellboy
    Feb 21, 2016 - 8:36PM

    @nasser: Whoever be the president they will always be in war with Muslim countries that is for sure.Recommend

  • hari
    Feb 21, 2016 - 9:00PM

    Trump is very practical. Wonder why the Muslims who never lose any opportunity to say terrorist have no religion oppose this extremely superb step! Disguises are coming off.Recommend

  • An Indian
    Feb 21, 2016 - 9:51PM

    @nasser:
    l guess you have not been following the news — Mr. Trump is winning every Republican Primary. He will soon win the Republican nomination. I support him for President.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 21, 2016 - 10:09PM

    The American President has to deal with fifty odd muslim majority countries and they usualy give a couple of lessons to the incumbant High priest how the cooky crumbles? Trump has lost his chance. to enter the white house since the vatican has excommunicated him, the first evangilist.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Amir
    Feb 21, 2016 - 10:23PM

    @nasser keep dreaming. Trump has now won South Carolina. Democrats are going to lose either way no matter who the candidate is. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 21, 2016 - 10:48PM

    @nasser:
    Don’t count on it ! There is a lot of anger and hostility against Muslims there. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Feb 22, 2016 - 12:38AM

    Ideology has to be defeated by ideology. If a terrorist thinks he is going to reach paradise by killing innocents then burying him with pigs is the only deterrentRecommend

  • Ahad
    Feb 22, 2016 - 1:02AM

    Oh! the Islamic council fell into Trump’s trap.

    I can already imagine what Trump’s response would be “I specifically mentioned terrorists, now why would the Islamic council have a problem with that?”

    It would be somethig along those lines, prehaps more “tumpitzed”.Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2016 - 1:07AM

    I think he understood that he will never become president of US. Recommend

  • Asad Sadick
    Feb 22, 2016 - 1:53AM

    Great idea!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Feb 22, 2016 - 2:07AM

    Trump for president.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 22, 2016 - 2:56AM

    @smash:
    Before you start gloating about Trump, remember that he threw a Sikh from his gathering because he was protesting against his bigotry.Recommend

  • John Smith
    Feb 22, 2016 - 3:55AM

    @nasser:
    Never say never. Sometimes facts are stranger than fictions!Recommend

  • Oberoi
    Feb 22, 2016 - 6:34AM

    There are some communities with whom peace cannot be achieved through talks. They need to be shown that they are not as strong as they think. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Feb 22, 2016 - 8:37AM

    (1) Trump may not become the next President of USA but it will surely be a Republican because Democrats have already had two terms in a row and third consecutive term is extremely rare. Also, Hillary is also bogged down with many problems with her e-mails and some are even demanding that she be tried for anti-state activities.
    (2) Trump is scoring decisive wins whereas Hillary is struggling. Even the criticism from Pope did not damage him. In fact, he is winning by bigger margins after Pope criticized him.
    (3) Hillary has also sensed that whatever Trump says resonates and strikes a common chord with the thinking of a huge section of voters. So, she has also changed her stance and strategy. Earlier she would criticize Trump’s such statements bitterly. Now she has toned down and says that she understands Trump’s statements but does not agree with his methods.
    (4) Trump has actually infused his thoughts in much of the world, including Germany, France, UK, Poland and even Canada. Whether Trump becomes the next President of US or not, he has already brought a change in much of the world.
    (5) Trump’s weakness are that he gets angry easily which is not good and voters will think that he may not be able build consensus in Congress which is not good for running a government. Also, his political exposure is not much. His diplomatic skills are doubtful.Recommend

  • omar
    Feb 22, 2016 - 1:10PM

    to all Indians——-why dont you elect Trump as president of PM of india ???? subjugation is in your blood!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 22, 2016 - 5:47PM

    now he is getting nasty …Recommend

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