B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement: B’nai B’rith International condemns presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. On Dec. 7 his campaign released a statement announcing that he “is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
This course of action goes against our nation’s core values, which include tolerance, religious freedom and a rejection of discrimination based on faith.
Singling out an entire religious community for diminished rights amounts to bigotry, and it should not be accepted. As Jews, we cannot forget our own experience of being stereotyped and targeted. America and the international community face very pressing security challenges posed by Islamist extremism and terrorism, but the answer does not lie in blanket discrimination.
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