Donald Trump says he will consider closing some mosques in US

Published: October 22, 2015
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A file photo of Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would consider closing some mosques within the United States in order to fight the Islamic State (IS).

Responding to a question whether he would follow new British proposals for countering extremism that include revoking passports of people who travel to fight with IS and shuttering mosques that support extremism, Trump responded, “I would do that, absolutely, I think it’s great.”

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“If you go out, you go fight for IS, you can’t come back. Why can’t you do it? You can do it here,” Trump’s said during an interview on Fox Business, according to the Washington Post.

When asked, “Can you close a mosque? I mean, we do have religious freedom.” Trump said, “Well I don’t know, 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.”

“But I can tell you one thing,” Trump said. “If somebody goes over and they want to fight for IS, they wouldn’t be coming back.”

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However, Republican Representative Peter King who has had a congressional hearing on “The Extent of Radicalisation in the American Muslim Community” that has received campaign contributions from Trump in the past, spoke against the Republican frontrunner’s idea of shutting down mosques.

“Donald Trump is talking before he knows what he’s talking about,” King said. “I have been critical of people in the Muslim community, but the fact is you can’t be shutting down mosques.”

King suggested that instead, the US should have surveillance of mosques to find out “if there’s activity in that mosque, where there’s weapons or if there’s actual conspiracy going on. Then yes you can take action. But to be casually, the way Donald Trump seems to be talking about shutting down mosques? No.”

“We do have freedom of religion,” King added. “And my position is not against the Muslims, it’s against the radicals in the Muslim community.”

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Islam in the US has become a widely discussed issue among Republican candidates. Republican contender Ben Carson expressed his opinion in September on how he does not believe the country should elect a Muslim president because Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution.

A Pew Research survey last year found in comparison to other religious groups, Republicans and Republican leaners view Muslims much more negatively. The one per cent Muslim population of the country is also viewed most negatively of all religions in the eyes of the general public.

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Last month, in a shocking statement, Trump said he would consider one man’s request that America “get rid of” Muslims.

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire in Septmeber, a man asked Trump, “We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?”

“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.  A lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things,” Trump responded.

Trump had also agreed with the man when he had stated that Muslims were a problem in the US and that President Barack Obama was himself a Muslim and ‘not even American’.

This article originally appeared on The Washington Post.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Travis
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:21PM

    Here’s a man after my own heart.Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Oct 22, 2015 - 3:34PM

    President Trump. Recommend

  • powvow
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:26PM

    Trump for President!!Recommend

  • SHAH
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:35PM

    Mosques are for prayers and worship.. not to get educated and trained for acts beyond comprehension of humanity. If such acts are being discussed, planned and or training exercised and dispensed in a mosque, then it does not remain a mosque, a place for prayers and worship. It then is needed to be handled accordingly and dealt with, and of course, shut down that particular property, permanently. Recommend

  • dead dalit
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:05PM

    @TiffinBox:
    Let’s bring him to India!!!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:12PM

    Some? Recommend

  • Singh
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:05PM

    I will vote for him in primary as well final also. it is certain.Recommend

  • Sidster
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:08PM

    @SHAH: I do not understand where you guys feel that you will shutdown Allah house by your rules and regulation. Islam will spread with every Mosque and every education institution that US Government closes down. Recommend

  • Dead Baloch
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:31PM

    Trump won’t be fooled by Pakistan. He knew how to deal with a snake. Recommend

  • Stranger
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:57PM

    Ms are welcome anywhere as long as they dont try to convert or change people around them like themselves. Recommend

  • Usman
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:08PM

    Dear Trump you should also consider closing your mouth as well. Whenever you open it, you spread more racism, hatred and venom.Recommend

  • Hinna
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:43PM

    His comments are very eye opening if we think that way. These comments truly suggest that we should focus on our own country and make it a better place instead of running after them and wasting all energy on them, for nothing. Our students should be given more opportunities, so they stay in their own country.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:00PM

    US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would consider closing some mosques within the United States in order to fight the Islamic State (IS).

    The guy has a big mouth but to be fair, despite being a jew himself he has refused the support of jewish lobbyists and has not condemned the burning of blacks churches in the USA.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Live RSS
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:42PM

    Closing mosques is not enough. Demolish them.Recommend

  • Faruq
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:26PM

    Trump trolls are stalking Pakistani news websites now? Or are the Indian extremists just stockpiling to him?Recommend

  • Sher
    Oct 22, 2015 - 11:38PM

    Another Modi in making (if he wins)…Recommend

  • Charles
    Oct 23, 2015 - 2:55AM

    Inflammatory title which is becoming std practice on ET. Trump simply stated that like the Brits he would considering closing down those Mosque that were found guilty of inciting terrorism … seems a reasonable approach and something Pakistan has only recently discussed.Recommend

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