Donald Trump’s Dangerous Idea About Mosques

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There have been a few elections when, left with no other options, I wrote in Ric Flair’s name. When we elect a president a year from now, it appears that we may have the next closest thing to Mr. Flair on the ballot. His name is Donald Trump. The two do have quite a bit in common. Both command a lot of attention, they both are probably not as rich as they would have us to believe and in real life they both are friends with the people they pretend to be enemies with on TV.

Oh, and one other thing.

They both would make terrible presidents.

With each passing week, Mr. Trump proves my point. Recently, he suggested that, in order to fight ISIS, the government should shut down mosques. Here’s what he said.

“Well, I would hate to do it but it’s something you’re going to have to strongly consider. Some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands.”

And all the Trump fans cheer. But if you’re a Christian, or anyone else who cares about religious liberty for that matter, you should strongly oppose this. I know. It sounds good on the surface. Shut down the mosques. That’s where the terror talk is. That’s where the planning is taking place. That’s how we keep America safe.

This plan may lead to more safety but it won’t be America that we’re living in anymore. Perhaps China or the old Soviet Union but not America. That’s because America was founded on the foundation of religious liberty. Not Baptist liberty. Not even Christian liberty. Religious liberty.

To be fair, the Muslim faith hasn’t exactly done a stellar job of separating itself from terror over the years. And a lot of chatter and planning has taken place in mosques. But doesn’t it make better sense to go after the specific mosque that is harboring terrorists? If the mosque down the street is actually a terrorist recruiting center, tear it down, turn it into a BBQ restaurant and punish the people behind all of the terror.

Donald Trump would rather that we just go ahead and do that to every mosque right now. Can you imagine the precedent that Trump’s plan would set?

I’ll help you with that.

Imagine President Clinton or President Sanders saying the exact same words that Donald Trump said. Here they are again.

“Well, I would hate to do it but it’s something you’re going to have to strongly consider. Some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands.”

Of course Clinton or Sanders would never say this about a mosque, you might say. And you’d be right. But they very well could say the same thing about your evangelical church.

Maybe it would sound something like this.

“I hate to do it but it’s something we’ve strongly considered for quite some time. Some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. They won’t marry homosexuals. They oppose a woman’s right to choose. The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands.”

If this happens, hopefully someone in your church has a nice basement for your church to meet in.

Islam is a demonic religion. Allah is a false god and Mohammed is a false prophet. Apart from Jesus Christ, Muslims, even the kindest and most sincere, will spend an eternity in hell. But religious liberty applies to them just as much as it does to us.

Sadly, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to understand this.

And, even more disturbing, he just might have his name on the ballot next November.

Which means that I’ll have to write-in Ric Flair again.

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