The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa has condemned statements Donald Trump made Monday calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
Trump, a Republican presidential candidate and businessman, said Monday the U.S. should not allow any Muslims to enter the country “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
“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,” Trump said in a statement.
Connie Ryan Terrell, the executive director of the Interfaith Alliance, said Tuesday the group is “horrified and disappointed” by Trump’s comments.
“It is simply unacceptable for a candidate for the presidency to make such inflammatory statements that are based in bigotry and hatred about people for one religion,” Terrell said in a statement.
Democrat Ako Abdul Samad, an Iowa state representative and practicing Muslim, took to Facebook to express his own thoughts about Trump’s comment.
“Donald Trump’s bigoted words only divide people at a time when we need to be coming together and working as one country to protect and strengthen the ideals we hold dear as Americans,” Abdul Samad wrote. “As a practicing Muslim, and a proud American, I can tell you that the values of Islam are those of love, acceptance, and peace. We are as terrified, if not more terrified, by the terrorist attacks we’ve seen across the world. These violent acts in the name of Islam bastardize our religion–that is the fact.”