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Texas Imam Forced to Resign After Defending Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban

ImamA Texas imam was forced to resign Friday after he publicly defended Donald Trump‘s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.

“I certainly see it to be wise; that the US government should stop temporarily accepting any new Muslim immigrants (refugees and non refugees) into the United States,” Nidal Alsayyed said in a statement to local CBS affiliate KFDM Monday. “But my justification to that is based on the fact that we can hardly distinguish who is Muslim and who is not! Islam is not about an ID card or last name!”

“Trump is not against American Muslims; He is against any new Muslim immigrants (refugees and non-refugees)! There is a big difference here! We cannot be emotional,”  Alsayyed argued.

The Beaumont, Texas native’s comments went viral when they were picked up by Breitbart and after he made an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity. But Alsayyed received a phone call Thursday from a board member at his Islamic Center of Triplex asking him to tender his resignation.

Alsayyed insists that his ousting is political, and the board members who want him gone are all Democrats. “Sadly, it’s Clinton versus Trump,” he said.

Watch above, via KFDM.

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