SPLC Statement on Donald Trump’s Call to Ban Muslims from Entering US

Donald Trump. Copyright 2015 Gage Skidmore

SPLC Statement on Donald Trump’s Call to Ban Muslims from Entering US

Donald Trump’s call for a ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the United States is just the latest example of the extreme, anti-Muslim rhetoric that has reached a fever pitch this year.

Trump relies on a debunked poll by the Center for Security Policy, headed by conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney. This organization irresponsibly portrays all Muslims as extremists and is at the forefront of a well-funded effort to vilify Muslims in the United States with misinformation and demonizing rhetoric and to instill a climate of fear.  The mainstreaming of hate and extremism is dangerous to the millions of peaceful Muslims in our country and harmful to the fabric of our society – our responsible political leaders should condemn this bigotry.

— Heidi Beirich, Director of SPLC’s Intelligence Project

 

Image: Gage Skidmore

Copyright 2015 Southern Poverty Law Center


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