Trump Repeats Call to Possibly Shut Down Mosques

Donald Trump “issued another call for more scrutiny of mosques in the United States as fresh fears of terrorism, spurred by the attacks in Paris, dominated the presidential campaign conversation on Monday,” the New York Times reports.

Trump said last month that he would be open to shutting down mosques and he reiterated that the idea should be studied: “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 of the hatred, the absolute hatred, is coming from these areas.”

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  • marktrail

    Maybe we should shut down Trump’s mouth, for the same reason.

    • peterjohn936

      I was going to say the samething. You beat me to it.

  • blablablababaccc

    Not even remotely legal. This is rampant fear-mongering

  • TracyS711

    Ted Cruz, staunch defender of religious freedom, won’t stand for this. I await his comment.

    • GatorLegal1

      * cue the “Jeopardy!” theme music *

      • L’Homme Armé

        St. Burchardi church will finish its performance of John Cage’s Organ²/ASLSP before Ted Cruz responds to this.

        • kevinb

          I have to leave a like on this just because of how awesome a reference that is.

        • njguy54

          Bonus points for the John Cage reference!

    • Hagar32Grady

      If Raphael comes up with…….. ” Trump Tower sounds Islamic.” He will knock 5 pts off THE Donald’s lead , on the FAUX Poll.

    • njguy54

      “Religious freedom” doesn’t apply, you see, because Islam isn’t a religion…

  • MrBeale

    First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Muslim.

    • lostintheswamp

      that’s what makes it so damn scary …. as someone said, history might not repeat itself, but it rhymes …

      • kevinb

        I have a friend who is a high school civics teacher, and he has mentioned to me that he has a few students who have openly advocated for the US government killing all Muslims.

        • Wynstone

          I’m sure after Pearl Harbor there were murmurs about killing all Japanese. Sad, but the dark side of human nature will always be with us.

  • politicsjunkie

    But Kim Davis deserves not to do her job because of religious freedom.

    • Michael

      Maybe the gop will turn on Kim Davis once they realize she’s a democrat.

    • njguy54

      But would she issue a marriage license to a Muslim couple???

  • gnatswatting

    Shutting down mosques would happen eventually anyway if they were run the way Trump ran his Atlantic City casinos.

    • Hagar32Grady

      BWahaha ha ha ha ha…..that is sooooo true and sooooooo FN true….I mean funny….. still fn funny. ….BUTT so FN True. (Damn it, I am an Irony freak-I admit it)

  • Brian J.

    Honestly, at what point does a Republican candidate drop the pretense and flat-out call for genocide? That’s obviously what they mean, and they’re tying themselves in knots trying not to say it.

    • DKDC

      They may not be calling for genocide, but there is a pretty direct path from the kind of demagoguery and fear mongering to that dark place.

      • Snakegirl Lyn

        And it frequently doesn’t take much to get there.

    • njguy54

      They’ll never drop the pretense. Recall that up until the bitter end, the Nazis tried to cover up and obfuscate the “Final Solution.”

  • Richard Winger

    I’ll be interested to see what Ben Carson says about this.

    • kevinb

      Is there any doubt what Ben “No Muslim Presidents” Carson would say?

      • brainscoop

        What, you don’t have faith in his “religious freedom” principles?

    • njguy54

      He’ll let you know as soon as he wakes up…

  • kevinb

    If this is now a thing that we are actually debating in this country, along with banning Muslim refugees from Syria, I think the case that the Republican party is fully unhinged and will nominate an extremist candidate (Trump, Carson, Cruz) is quite strong.

    • Crudeguy

      And unfortunately, between the oh-so-religious “evangelicals” and the crazy TP gang, one of them might just manage to get elected President.

      • kevinb

        “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” – Probably not actually Sinclair Lewis, but relevant nonetheless

      • Vista-Cruiser

        The pathetic voter turnout among Democratic-leaning constituencies makes it even more likely.

  • politicsjunkie

    The question is when will homegrown attacks on mosques begin due to this type of rhetoric?

  • TexasLou

    Why stop there?

    Why not resurrect internment camps?

    • DKDC

      Don’t give him any ideas.

    • Hagar32Grady

      Coming from a W-Mart near you……… at least that is what I heard on the radio……I do not think they were talking about Muslims. …things change very quickly and can be adjusted…… Saw it in a movie once..and heard it on the radio, so it must be true 😉

  • Philip Canfield

    I guess it is time to chuck the Constitution out the window.

    • njguy54

      If the Republicans succeed in calling a Constitutional convention, watch out! I’m sure there are plans to “enhance” and “clarify” the First Amendment, among other “improvements.”

  • Philip Canfield

    The party that professes to love the Constitution does not; nor do they understand it.

    • brainscoop

      The Constitution. It’s SO tl;dr.

  • Wishful Thinker

    Okay. I’m done enjoying the crazy. It went from chuckles to laughs to face-palms to jaw drops to silent shock to audible shock to looking around to see if everyone else sees what I do. A very, very large portion of America is backing three sociopaths who are trying to out-Hitler each other. I’m not laughing any more. I’m scared.

    • kevinb

      To quote Larry Wilmore: “This isn’t funny anymore. It’s just stupid.”

      • Snakegirl Lyn

        And dangerous to boot.

    • lostintheswamp

      agreed ..

    • Hagar32Grady

      Why scared….according to them…….. ISIS, Lib-Tards or a teacher’s Union could take them out at any second. ….. I’ll take them at their word 😉

    • Wynstone

      I’m hoping you are going to encourage like-minded people to vote in 2016.

      • Wishful Thinker

        I am. More than that, as a lawyer, I volunteer at a legal assistance table outside a precinct where voter intimidation or rejection is known to occur. We all can do more.

  • LordDart

    For some one who acts like he’s so tough, he sure seems to be very afraid of “da Muzlims”…

  • nycguy

    Not to break up the whole far right nut job circle jerk going on in this country, but what exactly would shutting down all the mosques accomplish?

    • lostintheswamp

      all those terrorists would have to meet in the basement of their houses, i guess …. oh, and maybe it would defy the constitution too – that document so beloved by the right wing fear mongers ….

    • politicsjunkie

      It would serve to radicalize a previously moderate set of Muslims.

      • cmb

        And blacks.

        • politicsjunkie

          And me.

  • Well, what’s next for the Trumpster? Internment? Concentration camps? Gone down the Trump freeway about as far as we can go…

    • Lumpenproletariat

      Wow, trouble in paradise, Ned?

      What happened to “we have a duty to require everyone who lives here to accept our values?”

  • Wynstone

    But if we shut down the mosques, they’ll just be praying all over the place! We won’t know where. Maybe they should have to wear a yellow crescent or something.

  • oldhandatthis

    Try and shut down a major religion, right no constitutional problems with that.

  • cmb

    I hope he starts with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s mosque. Then maybe Dave Chappelle’s, Mos Def’s, Ice Cube’s, Keith Ellison’s, and Louis Farrakhan’s.

  • tiredofit

    The GOP is the party of the Constitution.

  • gloriousglo2

    I’m not sure Trump means any of this. If it came out of the mouth of Señor Cruz, however, go to the bank with it. That man is a Dominionist monster in waiting.

  • richo123

    “all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and
    those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas.”

  • coyote521

    no more mr nice guy who allowed that
    “some of them, I’m sure, are good people”.

  • gjetsonpdx

    The xenophobes and dominionists might just hold hands and sing kumbaya over this wonderful proposal. Then they can get back to screaming persecution about the imaginary ‘war on Christmas.’

  • BarryR

    The crazy bar is set so high in this race that it’s important to lay down a jump the others can’t match. Chris Christie isn’t taking in 3 year old refugees, so Trump had to go way out there with his jump. Well played, leading loony, well played.

  • John Smith

    Hey Donald. Ever hear of the Fourth Amendment? Might want to take a peek at that before you make these kinds of statements.

  • yodacohen

    Wonder how long he’d be President if he shut down a church or synagogue or Hindu or Buddhist termple?

  • OBforObama

    We have 169,000 Bosnian Muslims in this country,starting in the 90’s, all from radicalized war zones. Number of terrorist attacks? Zero. We have 175,000 refugees from all over the world since 9/11, many of them Iraqi and Afghanistani. Number of terrorist attacks? Zero.

    • Snakegirl Lyn

      Zero by the groups you mentioned, but a few by our own home-grown terrorists. They’ve taken to arson lately though Mr. Roof chose the time honored way of gunning down those whos deaths he intended to use as a means of intimidating others.

  • Adam_T

    This is a fairly recent song partly about ‘Christian on Christian’ violence:

    “Good Morning Britain” as written by Roddy Frame
    Jock’s got a vote in Parochia
    Ten long years and he’s still got her
    Paying tax and and doing stir
    Worry about it later.
    And the wind blows hot and the wind blows cold
    But it blows us good so we’ve been told
    Music’s food ’til the art-biz folds
    Let them all eat culture.

    Chorus:
    The past is steeped in shame,
    But tomorrow’s fair game,
    For a life that’s fit for living
    Good morning Britain.

    Twenty years and a loaded gun
    Funerals, fear and the war ain’t won
    Paddy’s just a figure of fun
    It lightens up the danger.
    And a corporal sneers at a catholic boy
    And he eyes his gun like a rich man’s toy
    He’s killing more than celtic joy
    Death is not a stranger.

    Taffy’s time’s gonna come one day
    It’s a loud sweet voice and it won’t give way
    A house is not a holiday
    Your sons are leaving home Neil.
    In the hills and the valleys and far away
    You can hear the song of democracy
    The echo of eternity
    With a Rak-a-Rak-a feel.

    Chorus

    From the Tyne to where to the Thames does flow
    My English brothers and sisters know
    It’s not a case of where you go
    It’s race and creed and colour.
    From the police cell to the deep dark grave
    On the underground’s just a stop away
    Don’t be too black, don’t be too gay
    Just get a little duller.

    But in this green and pleasant land,
    Where I make my home, I make my stand
    Make it cool just to be a man,
    A uniform’s a traitor.
    Love is international
    And if you stand or if you fall,
    Just let them know you gave your all,
    Worry about it later.

  • Lynda Groom

    But Donald what about the Catholic Church? Should it not be closed down until they can prove that all the potential kid rapist have been removed? And what measure will be used to prove its been done? The man is an idiot with facist tendencies.

  • Adam_T

    There are multiple studies that show that conservatives are easily frightened. Here is a report on one (there are two or three other studies that can also be found easily)

    http://www.wired.com/2008/09/fearmongering-h/

    The modern conservative: stupid, easily frightened and often violent. If you want to prevent terrorism, you need to prevent conservatives from coming into the United States.

    • Snakegirl Lyn

      My, that’ll put a bee in a couple of bonnets.

  • This is UNconstitutional!