Republican (for the moment) presidential candidate Donald Trump continues his monopolization of the media spotlight with more provocative statements concerning his strategy on defeating the radicalized Islamic terror threat facing America.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump was chatting it up on Fox and Friends about the continued ISIS threat, and outlined a plan that begins with slaughtering the families of terrorists, suspected or otherwise. According to Trump, “When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families!” He continued with, “They, they care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families,” much to the shock of his Fox hosts.

More recently, on December 7th, the Republican front-runner announced his newest concept in addressing America’s national security nightmare. While speaking to a packed crowd in South Carolina, Trump stated his intention to completely restrict entry to all individuals of the Muslim faith. He goes on to say, “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.” As usual, specific details on how he plans to implement such a controversial policy were decidedly absent. True to character, Trump was long on outlandish statements and short on policy specifics. This reactive/reactionary-type campaign scheme has served politicians quite well (most recently Republicans, but Democrats are no stranger to this. LBJ’s Daisy commercial in ’64 anyone?), and Trump’s no different, despite his claims to the contrary.

Without a doubt, America has serious security concerns and drastic response measures should be considered. In fact, as we live in extraordinary times, it seems logical that extraordinary measures should be entertained. However, at what cost? Should we trample on the freedoms outlined in the 239-year-old Bill of Rights and begin a new era of religious fascism similar to that of Saudi Arabia or even Iran? Is that a cost we are willing to impose on ourselves and our children? This slippery slope, once begun, could easily lead to the banning of all religions, ultimately resulting in a country unrecognizable as that which so many died to preserve.