Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims entering US

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A clip of Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., has been included in a purported recruitment video for the Islamic State. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A clip of Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., has been included in a purported recruitment video for the Islamic State. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Donald Trump is falling in the GOP candidate polls as he is dogged by his controversial remarks about Muslims and rebuffed by black clergy. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Donald Trump is falling in the GOP candidate polls as he is dogged by his controversial remarks about Muslims and rebuffed by black clergy. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States on Monday (Dec. 7) in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to a shooting spree last week by two Muslims who the FBI says were radicalized.

Trump’s position, issued in a statement from his campaign, drew fierce criticism and accusations that he was playing to Americans’ fears a day after President Barack Obama called for religious tolerance.

The billionaire developer and former reality TV star called for a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the country “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”


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“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Trump said.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, asked in an email if the shutdown would apply specifically to immigration or more broadly to student visas, tourists, and other travelers to the United States, replied “everyone.”

Trump went farther than other Republican candidates, who have variously called for a suspension of a plan by Obama to bring into the United States as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s civil war and displacement by Islamic State militants.

Ibraham Hooper, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had a blistering response to Trump’s demand.


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“We’re entering into the realm of the fascist now,” he said. “It should be disturbing not only to American Muslims, but it should be disturbing to all Americans that the leading Republican presidential candidate would issue essentially a fascist statement like this.”

The White House deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, told CNN that Trump’s move is “contrary to American values.” Obama on Sunday night in an Oval Office address had called for Americans to be tolerant of fellow citizens regardless of their religion.

Republican candidate Lindsey Graham, a U.S. senator from South Carolina, tweeted that Trump “has gone from making absurd comments to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric.”

“This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States,” said another Republican candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich.

A spokesman for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, Doug Watts, said Carson did not believe that religion should be a litmus test for entry to the country but said everyone visiting the country should be monitored during their stay, saying that is the case in many countries.

Trump’s statement followed the massacre last week of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, shot to death in a hail of bullets by a Muslim couple that the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Monday had been radicalized.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll last week found that 51 percent of Americans view Muslims living in the United States the same as any other community, while 14.6 percent are generally fearful.

Republicans were more likely than Democrats to support closely monitoring mosques (64 percent compared with 43 percent) or closing ones with suspected extremist ties (69 percent to 48 percent).

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson)

 

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  • larry

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/12/07/how-exactly-would-donald-trumps-plan-to-ban-muslims-from-entering-the-u-s-work/

    How exactly do you build a wall around an ideology instead of a border?

    Do you realize that this sort of proposal strengthens, not destroys, groups like ISIS?

    How do you know who’s a Muslim and who’s not?

    Is Muslim just code for brown people?

    Do you understand that some people who immigrate from a Middle Eastern nation aren’t Muslim?

    What’s to prevent Muslims from lying on their immigration forms?

    In a Republican field with Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson, how extreme do you have to be to be known as the Bigoted One?

    How little do you care about your fellow Americans that you’re willing to throw entire groups of them under the bus to further your own campaign?

    Which non-white, Christian group will you want to ban next?

    How has the Republican Party not disavowed you entirely?

  • “Corey Lewandowski….replied “everyone.””

    It is bigoted to lump “All Muslims” into one group, to deny them fair treatment and to deny them their human rights.

    It is not bigoted to criticize Islam.
    Religions don’t have rights – but believers ABSOLUTELY do!

    Bring the Muslim refugees to America – NOW. It is unfair to keep them out.
    Trump is a national disgrace.

  • larry

    No Connie, people like you are destroying this country. Terrorists can only kill people and break things. Hysterics like you want to destroy our entire way of life, undermine our American values, rule of law, principles in order to feel safe for the moment.

    Benjamin Franklin had people like you pegged, “those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”

  • For one of the few times that I have responded to one of your posts,Atheist Max,I agree with you 100%…I’m convinced that there is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump. SERIOUSLY .

  • Joe Blow

    I agree with Trump that we need to know more about these people.
    Are they ISIS lovers and are just trying to find an easy way into our country?
    We already have too many ISIS supporters that were raised in America.

  • Fran

    Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman at a well (and Samaritans were looked down upon by the Jews of his day). He shared spiritual truths with her, she shared them with her family, and they became believers in Jesus, the son of God (Matthew 3:17) and Messiah.

    Mr. Trump is certainly no Prince of Peace, as Jesus presently is (Isaiah 9:6) in his Father’s heavenly kingdom, and Jesus’ rule will thankfully replace ALL of man’s governments and rule (Isaiah 11:1-9) in the near future, after putting an end to ALL wicked ones on earth. Phew!!

  • Larry

    “these people” being????

    -All Muslims both within and outside the US? Several million people in the country who are under suspicion simply based on their religious belief.

    -Anyone who has brown skin whom Trump feels like demonizing at the moment? Like anyone forgot his views on Hispanics.

    “Are they ISIS lovers and are just trying to find an easy way into our country?”

    And you are going to find them how? If a terrorist is willing to commit murder and destruction of property nothing keeps them from lying about their religion.

    “We already have too many ISIS supporters that were raised in America.”

    Donald Trump and the m0r0ns following his lead is the best supporter ISIS can hope for. He repeats their rhetoric and does exactly what ISIS wants.

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