A prominent Muslim civil rights group is speaking out against Donald Trump and other GOP presidential candidates, condemning Trump, Ben Carson and others for creating a “toxic environment” with inflammatory speech regarding Syrian refugees and America’s Muslim population.
According to the Washington Post on Nov. 19, Trump has not ruled out potentially extreme measures in order to combat the growing threat of Islamic State militants bent on wreaking destruction on American soil.
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump told Yahoo News Thursday, according to the Post. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
While not specifically naming any policy plans, Trump has called for expanded surveillance of American Muslims, and when asked about monitoring mosques, tracking Muslims and forcing them to carry ID cards naming their Islamic affiliations, Trump did not deny that any – or all – could be on the table if he is elected president.
“We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully,” Trump said, adding that monitoring the activity inside of mosques is something he would “hate to do, but it’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred — the absolute hatred — is coming from these areas.”
Adds the NY Times: “Lawmakers and candidates have been wrestling with how to address a growing terrorism threat and an influx of refugees fleeing Syria. In recent days the debate has turned increasingly partisan and, in some cases, heated.”
Fellow republican candidate Ben Carson rolled out a strange metaphor, comparing Syrian refuges to “rabid dogs,” seen here, and said that we need to balance “safety with being a humanitarian.” Carson said that while we “don’t hate all dogs,” we need to be on guard against the rabid ones.
“If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” Carson said. “And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned what Trump and Carson said, stating that the candidates are feeding into an already heightened anti-Islamic perception. In the days since last Friday’s Paris attacks, several mosques throughout the United States and Canada have been targeted with threats and hit with vandalism.
“By mainstreaming Islamophobic and unconstitutional policies, Donald Trump and Ben Carson are contributing to an already toxic environment that may be difficult to correct once their political ambitions have been satisfied,” said Robert McCaw, the council’s government affairs manager. “Such extremist rhetoric is unbecoming of anyone who seeks our nation’s highest office and must be strongly repudiated by leaders from across the political spectrum.”
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