In the midst of a national conversation about Muslim-Americans in the United States and national security, the Republican presidential contenders were asked whether closing down mosques in the name of security would be effective.
During the sixth Republican debate, Marco Rubio was asked whether closing down mosques or gathering spaces for Muslims is taking away the freedom to assemble and jeopardizes free speech.
Rubio answered that the threat of radical Islam goes beyond speech.
“The threat we face from ISIS is unprecedented,” Rubio said, “we must keep America safe from this threat,” he added. “We will go after them wherever they are and if we capture them alive,” the captured terrorists will be taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Rubio said.
GOP contender Rand Paul did not agree with Rubio’s proposal, saying “it’s a huge mistake to be closing down mosques.”
Similarly, Chris Christie said that people should use “common sense” to make determinations whether their neighbors are exhibiting suspicious behavior. Trust should be put in law enforcement, Christie said, taking the opportunity to slam the tension between citizens and law enforcement under the administration of President Obama.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson agreed that a tough stance needs to be taken to combat the threat of homegrown terror, saying “we need to stop allowing political correctness to dictate our policies because it’s going to kill us if we don’t.”