Sunday 23 October 2016

US marine gives the best response to Donald Trump's idea that Muslims should carry 'faith based ID cards'

David Kearns

Published 20/11/2015 | 12:50

Mr Rashid tweeted the image of his marine ID following Trump's comments Credit: ProudAmericanMuslim
Mr Rashid tweeted the image of his marine ID following Trump's comments Credit: ProudAmericanMuslim

A former US marine has won widespread applause for his response to Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States needs introduce a ‘Muslim database’.

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Escalated his rhetoric since the terrorist attack last week in Paris, the Republican presidential hopeful said if elected he would not rule out requiring American Muslims to card a “faith-based ID card”.

“We’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a before,” he told Yahoo News.

Responding to the suggestion online, American Muslim Tayyib M. Rashid posted a photo of his US Marine Corps ID card with the caption: "Hey @realDonaldTrump, I'm an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where's yours?"  

Mr Rashid went on to explained that he had served in the US Marine Corps for five years from 1997-2002, adding: "Once a marine always a marine."

His tweet from ‘ProudAmericanMuslim’ went viral after being shared by thousands of Twitter users and began trending in the US hours after it was posted.

In an interview with Yahoo Politics on Thursday, Mr Trump called for increased surveillance of American Muslims, going so far as to suggest monitoring mosques in the United States and even potentially closing them down.

“Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” he said.

“And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy.

“We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully,” he continued.

When pressed on whether these measures might include tracking Muslim Americans in a database or noting their religious affiliations on identification cards, Mr Trump did not reject the options.

“We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” he said.

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