London mayor slams Trump’s ‘ignorant’ view of Islam

Sadiq Khan: `Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe”


London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump’s “ignorant” view of Islam, after the Republican presidential contender suggested Khan could be exempted from a proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Last year Trump proposed “a total and complete” ban on foreign Muslims entering the U.S. “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Asked how that policy would affect London’s first Muslim mayor, Trump told The New York Times that “there will always be exceptions.”

But Khan said “this isn’t just about me — it’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.”

“Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe — it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists,” Khan said in a statement.

Khan, the London-born son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected last week by a wide margin after a campaign that saw his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith accuse him of having shared platforms with Islamic extremists.

Khan, a former human rights lawyer and Labour Party lawmaker, accused Goldsmith of trying to frighten and divide voters in a multicultural city of 8.6 million people —more than 1 million of them Muslims.

In his victory speech, Khan said the result marked the triumph of “hope over fear and unity over division.”

The mayor said Tuesday that Trump and people who agree with him “think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.”

Trump said he was “happy to see” Khan’s election and hoped “he does a good job.”

The mayor declined to lend Trump his support.

“I’ll be backing the Democratic candidate — Hillary Clinton, who I suspect it will be — and I hope that she trounces him,” Khan told the BBC.


London mayor slams Trump’s ‘ignorant’ view of Islam

  1. Perhaps, Sadiq Khan would be well-advised to sponsor the publication of a new twenty-first century edition of the Qu’ran … before he criticizes Mr. Trump who, of course, must be criticized.

    • Is there a 21st century edition of the bible?

      • Emily,

        I think his point was that the FOLLOWERS of Islam, have a propensity to take their religious text at its words. And they follow them to a T.

        That is the problem.

        Christians on the other hand, don’t really pay attention to the parts of the bible that demand stonings, punishments, etc. Christians follow the “Turn the other cheek” philosophy, or the Golden rule.

        Muslim’s……just want to whack off your head. Because that is what their book tells them they MUST do. Any DEVOUT muslim…….has the potential to be dangerous.

      • At least the Bible (as the most famous book internationally) is available in an extraordinary number of languages. Allow me to be further controversial and suggest that any Qu’ran, not published in English or French, be banned.

        • I it hadn’t been for the Muslim world we’d never have made iit out of the Dark Ages

  2. I don’t think the new Mayor is pissed because Donald Trump doesn’t understand Islam……..the New Mayor is pissed because Donald Trump DOES understand islam.

    • These posts just show that YOU don’t understand ISLAM OR CHRISTIANITY

      • Tell you what, Emily,

        Go to Saudi Arabia and live there for a year. Now go down to the US Bible belt and do the same. See how both groups treat you.

        Make sure you go to the USA first however, as I don’t think you’d survive the trip where you are surrounded by devout Muslims.

        • Tell you what James……find out about the world before you comment on it.

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