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Donald Trump Wants To Shut Down Mosques To Fight ISIS

Shah Jahan Mosque in Surrey, England

Donald Trump would "absolutely" close down mosques and revoke passports from people who go overseas to fight for ISIS, he said in a Fox interview.

The Republican presidential candidate said on Oct. 20 that he approves of the practices that Britain has employed to fight ISIS, Breitbart reports.

“Now, in the UK, in Britain, they've obviously got a terror problem," interviewer Stuart Varney explained to Trump, according to Breitbart. "They've got a lot of youngsters going over to fight for ISIS, about -- just under 1,000 are going over there, and they've got a whole new series of proposals to deal with this, including withdrawal of passports from some of these people who've gone --."

"Absolutely," Trump cut in. "Good, good."

Varney mentioned that the British government has also closed down some mosques and asked the real estate mogul if he would do the same.

"I would do that," Trump answered. "Absolutely. I think it’s great."

Varney then asked if it is possible to close a mosque in America. "We do have religious freedom," he explained.

Trump said the he didn't know.

"I mean, I haven’t heard about the closing of the mosque," he explained. "It depends, if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don’t know. You’re going to have to certainly look at it. But I can tell you one thing, if somebody goes over and they want to fight for ISIS, they wouldn’t be coming back."

His comments have already received a fair share of criticism from liberals and conservatives alike.

"Donald Trump is talking before he knows what he is talking about," said Republican Congressman Peter King, who has called for increased surveillance of the Muslim community in the past, according to Mediaite.

King suggested that the government should keep a close watch on mosques. If "there's weapons or conspiracy going on," then the government should act, he explained.

"But casually, the way Donald Trump seems to be talking about shutting down mosques?" he said. "No."

"We do have freedom of religion," King added. "And my position is not against the Muslims, it’s against the radicals in the Muslim community."

Sources: Breitbart, Mediaite
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