Donald Trump Ready To Do What It Takes, Would “Strongly Consider” Closing Down Mosques
The Paris attacks may be the straw that breaks the camel's back when it comes to the world's acceptance of the Muslim faith. Officials around the world are trying to understand what they can do to limit the possibility of further terrorist attacks from jihadists.
And Donald Trump is right in the mix.
On a recent appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" news program, Trump was asked if he would consider shutting down mosques in the United States--something that France has vowed it will do for mosques which are demonstrably connected to terrorist cells.
Trump's reply was well-thought out and honest. "Well, I would hate to do it 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."
Trump continued by lamenting the fact that New York's mayor has stopped a mosque surveillance program which was previously in place to keep tabs on what was happening in the city's mosques. He said that not understanding what was going on in the Muslim world was a huge problem.
MSNBC's liberal commentators were quick to pounce on Trump's comments and asked about the increase in hatred that would occur if Trump shut down mosques. Trump's response was spot-on.
"There is already hatred. The hatred is incredible. The hatred is greater than anybody understands. And it’s already there."
It's unfortunate that, in a country that values freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we are being forced to consider radical action against a religion that preaches and espouses peace. However, it's clear that radical Islam isn't going away and it is being perpetuated somehow.
If it's necessary to more closely monitor Muslim mosques to reduce the threats of terrorism, then that is something that we will have to either accept or reject based on our understanding of the Constitution and our own consciences.