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Alan Dershowitz: Trump’s Executive Order Does Not Violate Constitution’s Establishment Clause

After Judges on the 9th Circuit Court heard arguments regarding President Trump’s national security executive orders, Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, known as a “liberal legal scholar,” said that Trump’s order did not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Dershowitz criticized the federal government’s lawyer for not defending the order more effectively.

“Here you have a statute that specifically focuses on rescuing minority religions. That could be Sunnis in Shia countries, could be Kurds. This is not an Establishment Clause violation and I’m shocked that the government did not make a stronger argument for that,” Dershowitz said.

Left-wing opponents of Trump’s executive order have argued that the action violates the First Amendment of the Constitution by targeting one religion. The relevant clause in the amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

However, support from a liberal professor like Dershowitz lent credibility to the argument that the order does not target Islam as a religion.