President Donald Trump said Saturday he expects US Muslims will probably be held to the same social distancing criteria during Ramadan as Christians in Easter when a range of loyal chafed against coronavirus-related limitations on big gatherings.
The US president made the remarks after being asked to defend a retweet of a conservative commentator who appeared to question if Muslims could be treated using the identical seriousness as Christians that broke social distancing rules.
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“I’d say there might be a gap,” Trump said during his everyday coronavirus media conference. “And we are going to have to find out what’s going to occur. Because I have seen a fantastic disparity in this country.”
“They go after Christian churches but they also do not often move after mosques,” he explained.
Ramadan, which starts at midnight on Thursday, drops a week and a half after Easter, when a few Christians bucked public health regulations to attend illegal services.
Asked whether he believed imams would refuse to trace societal distancing orders,” Trump responded: “No, I do not feel that whatsoever.”
“I’m a person that believes in religion. However, our politicians appear to deal with unique faiths very differently.”
Trump was accused of anti-Muslim rhetoric before and among his earliest acts upon entering office was to prohibit travelers from many Muslim-majority nations.
Over 700,000 cases of coronavirus have already been reported from the USA, forcing spiritual communities throughout the nation to shutter their doors.
The Islamic Society of North America, along with Muslim medical specialists, has advocated that the suspension of group prayers, among other parties.
Jewish Americans were similarly made to turn conventional Passover seders to virtual occasions if the eight-day holiday started at sundown on April 8.