Donald Trump Endorses Gutting the First Amendment

trump-2016While many Republicans worship our Second and Tenth Amendments, it’s actually our First Amendment that makes all the other ones possible. When our Founding Fathers gave us freedoms of the press, speech and religion, they established a foundation that eventually led to the creation of one of the most powerful nations the world has ever seen.

But as great as our First Amendment is, it seems to be the one Republicans hate the most since it continually prevents them from turning the U.S. into a Christian theocracy. Republicans frequently claim they stand for “religious freedom,” but what they really mean by that is they want the “freedom” to force their religion on others.

Another reason why they hate our First Amendment is that it gives all religions the right to exist and be practiced. As we all know, when Republicans talk about “religious freedom” they’re only referring to Christianity. While they frequently throw hissy fits whenever they believe their “religious freedoms” are being trampled on, they often have absolutely no problem infringing on the religious rights of others.

Take for instance recent comments made by GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump where he said he would support the closing of mosques in the United States. In other words, he supports the complete gutting of the “freedom of religion” aspect of our First Amendment.

When asked by Fox Business’s Stuart Varney if he agreed with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent push to close mosques if a worshiper is linked to ISIS, Trump said not only does he agree with it, but he would like to see it done in the United States. 

“Absolutely, I think it’s great,” Trump said.

“Can you close a mosque?” Varney asked. “We do have religious freedom.”

“It depends. If the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear,” Trump responded.

While I understand that ISIS is a very dangerous group and we must be vigilant in fighting terrorism (especially anything found within our own borders), what Trump is essentially saying is that he supports the right for the government to close a place of worship if even one person who attended there is linked to terrorism

That is one hell of a slippery-slope

Would he support the same thing if a member of a Christian church was ultimately linked to a radical hate group? Why not close all churches attended by members of the KKK? Why not close the Westboro Baptist Church?

The real question is, where would you stop?

Now I think the situation is different if the mosque itself was found to be promoting anti-American teachings, essentially encouraging potential terrorist activity. But that’s entirely different from closing a place of worship simply because someone who happened to attend services there had some sort of link to terrorism.

Again, to even suggest doing such a thing is basically calling for the gutting of a pillar of our First Amendment.

To put into perspective how radical Trump’s comments were about Islam, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) – someone who certainly isn’t a friend of the Muslim community – even called him out for it.

This is just more of the same nonsense from Trump. All he’s doing is pandering to the lowest rungs of our society with rhetoric that’s either a flat-out lie or completely unconstitutional.

Sadly, no matter how inaccurate or idiotic Trump’s statements are, his popularity continues to hold steady among conservative voters.

That’s a true testament to the sad current state of the Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • paulsack

    Muslims, Jews,,, both the same when it comes to fascism, right Donny?
    Will muslims have to wear a yellow patch on their clothes to identify them? Will you decide to move them all into one place to “keep an eye on them”?

    I don’t know whats worse,, this jackass making comments like this,, or the republican filth that eats it up with one side of their mouth, and spout off their “love of the Constitution” with the other side.

    • Marilyn Scheffler

      Maybe the Trump fool will build fences around each group so that we don’t have to intermingle and then we won’t be so much trouble. I guess there would be a fence for liberals, conservatives, atheists and agnostics and holy rollers etc etc. He is such a phony buffoon and I just cannot believe that there are people out there stupid enough to think he’d be a “fine president”. ACH!!!

    • Truth_in_Defense

      20 Commandments of Mohammed
      1. Thou shall Rape, Marry, and Divorce Pre
      pubescent Girls. Koran 65:4

      2. Thou shall have Sex Slaves and Work
      Slaves. Koran 4:3, 4:24, 5:89, 33:50, 58:3,

      3. Thou shall Beat Sex Slaves, Work Slaves,
      and Wives. Koran 4:34

      4. Thou shall have 4 Muslim male witnesses to
      prove rape. Koran 24:13

      5. Thou shall Kill those who insult Islam or
      Mohammed. Koran 33:57

      6. Thou shall Crucify and Amputate non
      Muslims. Koran 8:12, 47:4

      7. Thou shall Kill non-Muslims to guarantee
      receiving 72 virgins in heaven. Koran 9:111


      8. Thou shall Kill anyone who leaves Islam.
      Koran 2:217, 4:89

      9. Thou shall Behead non-Muslims. Koran
      8:12, 47:4

      10. Thou shall Kill AND be Killed for Islamic
      Allah. Koran 9:5

      11. Thou shall Terrorize non-Muslims. Koran
      8:12, 8:60

      12. Thou shall Steal and Rob from non-
      Muslims. Koran Chapter 8 (Booty/Spoils of

      13. Thou shall Lie to Strengthen Islam. Koran
      3:28, 16:106

      14. Thou shall Fight non-Muslim even if you
      don’t want to. Koran 2:216

      15. Thou shall not take non-Muslims as friends.
      Koran 5:51

      16. Thou shall Call non-Muslims Pigs and
      Apes. Koran 5:60, 7:166, 16:106

      17. Thou shall Treat non-Muslims as the vilest
      creatures deserving no mercy. Koran 98:6

      18. Thou shall Treat non-Muslims as sworn
      enemies. Koran 4:101

      19. Thou shall Kill non-Muslims for not
      converting to Islam. Koran 9:29

      20. Thou shall Extort non-Muslims to keep
      Islam strong. Koran 9:29.

  • Nora1879

    Huckster-in-chief Donald Trump, will say anything to maintain the support of his far right and extremely ignorant voters. He represents everything that is wrong about the GOP.

  • JMG

    what about Christian congregations that have anti-American terrorists?

    • John Hickman

      Here’s your answer from the article. You might want to read it.

      “Would he support the same thing if a member of a Christian church was ultimately linked to a radical hate group? Why not close all churches attended by members of the KKK? Why not close the Westboro Baptist Church?”

      • cutie_pi

        That’s not an answer. That’s just the same question restated.

      • Howard Sands

        I think he wants to know Trump’s response to that question.