They say “Politics makes strange bedfellows,” and none stranger than a Texas imam who is siding with Donald Trump — on the presidential candidate’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration into the United States. And politics can also make one strangely unemployed: The imam, Dr. Nidal Alsayyed, has just been forced to resign from his religious directorship for taking his position.
Trump made his proposal December 7, saying “It is obvious to anybody the hatred [among some Muslims] is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.” Under Trump’s plan, the moratorium would remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” as his campaign put it.
Dr. Alsayyed weighed in the very next day, telling KFDM, “I certainly see it to be wise; [sic] that the US government should stop temporarily accepting any new Muslim immigrants (refugees and non refugees) into the United States; [sic] But my justification to that is based on the fact that we can hardly distinguish who is Muslim and who is not! Islam is not about an ID card or last name! or shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!!’ I believe the situation nationally is getting mixed up and certainly agree with Mr. Trump on closing the door until further understanding is achieved.”
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