In response to the Paris terror attacks, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has said if elected president he’d “strongly consider” shutting down mosques if they were suspected of spreading hatred.
When asked if there was something Trump would do “here in the homeland” to protect against attacks like the one in Paris over the weekend that killed more than 100 people, he responded, “Well, you’re going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques. And from what I heard in the old days, meaning a while ago, we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City and I understand our mayor totally cut that out. He totally cut it out.”
Host Joe Scarborough asked specifically about reports from France that said the country’s minister of the interior planned to shut down some mosques in the wake of the attacks with known ties to terrorist groups. “Donald Trump, the French are talking about that. Is this something you would consider doing as president?” Scarborough asked.
‘You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques.’
Trump replied, “Well, I would hate it do it but it’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some the hatred, the absolute hatred, is coming from these areas. You know, New York City as an example. We had a group of people from what I understand that really knew what they were doing, that were really studying the situation and they’re not doing that anymore under the new mayor. And I think that’s a mistake. It’s something that many people — not just me — are considering and many people are going to do.”
I’m not sure how Donald Trump thinks shutting down places of worship would be acceptable under the First Amendment, and speaking of things I’m not sure of, I’m not entirely sure how Gov. Scott Walker thinks he can prevent Syrian refugees from coming into Wisconsin, given that immigration/political asylum are issues that fall under the purview of the federal government.
With this in mind, I am calling upon the President to immediately suspend the program pending a full review of its security and acceptance procedures. The State of Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees.
While Donald Trump and Scott Walker were busy letting their prejudice show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers showed his class after a fan at Lambeau Field interrupted a moment of silence before Sunday’s game with a derogatory comment (emphasis added).
“I think it’s important to do things like [the moment of silence]. We’re a connected world, you know — six degrees of separation,” Rodgers said after the game, as The Washington Post’s Des Bieler reported. “I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate, during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.”