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Donald Trump Slammed By Archbishop Of Canterbury For 'Un-Christian' Muslim Ban Plan

It's 'irrational' too

07/06/2016 19:09 | Updated 07 June 2016
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Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from the US has been condemned by the Archbishop of Canterbury as "un-Christian" and "irrational".

Justin Welby hit out at the presumptinve Republican nominee for US President as he gave evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Asked by Labour MP Chuka Umunna if what he felt about treating whole faith group as suspect, the leader of the Anglican church said that the proposed ban was "certainly not a Christian thing to do, nor is it a rational thing to do".

"It does not respect the dignity of the human being," the Archbishop said.

And on Trump's plans to build a wall to keep out Mexican migrants, he said he agreed with the Pope that "anyone who only builds walls and not bridges is not a Christian".

"I do agree with Pope Francis," the Archbishop said.

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks last year, Trump sparked outrage around the world when he said that he would impose a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US.

David Cameron has lambasted the travel ban idea as "divisive", "stupid" and "wrong".

The Prime Minister has refused to back down from his remarks, and went further in warning that Trump's plan was "dangerous" because it undermined the fight against terrorism.

Cameron has said that he will meet Trump, in line with normal convention, if he becomes the official Republican nominee this summer.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury before the Home Affairs Committee

Downing Street are braced for a possible Trump intervention in the EU referendum, possibly backing the 'Brexit' campaign, later this month.

The billionaire property tycoon and reality TV star is set to arrive in the UK to visit his Scottish golf resort on June 22 - the eve of the EU poll.

Trump had already said that he could 'make exceptions' to his ban for sports events.

He appeared to further water down his pledge last month after the election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London - the first Muslim Mayor of an EU capital.

But Trump recently caused more outrage by claiming Muslim and Mexican judges could be biased against him.

After the hearing, Umunna told HuffPost UK: "Donald Trump represents the politics of fear and division, where you seek to blame other people for the worlds problems as opposed to coming together to solve them.

"His peddling of fear will do nothing to make the world a safer and more prosperous place."

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David Cameron

Tuesday's Home Affairs Committee hearing saw the Archbishop quizzed over a range of topics from anti-semitism to Nigel Farage.

He accused the UKIP leader of "giving legitimisation to racism" with his remarks warning that migrants to the UK could spark Cologne-style sex attacks.

On the use of Sharia law in Britain, Archbishop Welby said: "We have laws in this country that are drawn from international sources such as civil law and roman law... Whatever sources you draw from, the basic philosophy of English jurisprudence must always prevail under all circumstances."

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