Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the government should close U.S. mosques after terrorist bombings in France, reported Fox News on Nov. 18. Trump blames American Muslims for the ISIS Paris attacks that occurred last week. Trump proclaims not to want to bar religious institutions, but adds that that U.S. has to. America has “absolutely no choice” but to shut Islamic mosques in retaliation for Paris attacks that killed 129 people and injured 350 others. Trump’s logic behind violating U.S. Constitution-guaranteed freedom of religion was that some “really bad things are happening and they’re happening fast.” So closing mosques in the U.S. and taking Constitutional rights from American Muslims seemed like a good way to punish ISIS for Paris attacks.
Mosques and Muslims aren’t the only ones Trump blames for the Paris attacks. There was rumor that one of those responsible for the Paris attacks got into France posing as a Syrian refugees from the Greek Balkans. So now all Syrian refugees must be punished according to Trump. If elected president, Trump would prevent Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. Trump insinuated that Syrian refugees might have an anti-American agenda in coming to the U.S., even they are fleeing ISIS. Trump made veiled accusations that Syrian refugees can’t or won’t assimilate [in the U.S.] He questioned if they even want to assimilate. Then Trump seemed to fault the U.S. for taking everyone (even though that is the promise of the Statue of Liberty).
Trump accused the Obama administration of sending Syrian refugees primarily to Republican-led states. That seemed to suggest that President Obama was making targets of his political enemies. However, legally or not, state governors are calling the shots on whether to allow Syrian refugees. And 15 of the 16 that are refusing refugees from Syria are Republican. Of the 2,500 Syrian refugees allowed in already, half are children and 48 percent are women and men too old to fight. So if there is any political leveraging, it looks the GOP may be using Syrian refugees as pawns in a power struggle against President Obama, not the other way around.
Trump’s plan is to “blast the hell out of ISIS” after Paris attacks, the worst on a Western European capital since 2004. He expressed criticism against Russia’s Vladmir Putin for finally getting around to bombing ISIS. Trump suggested Putin just wanted the credit but that the U.S. could be magnanimous and share. So destroying ISIS is one thing. But if U.S. mosques should close because of Paris attacks, perhaps Christian churches should close when right-winger fundamentalists like Anders Breivik kill 69 Norwegian children.