Source: The Washington Post
President Trump’s recent tweets featuring inflammatory anti-Muslim videos have figured prominently in legal challenges to the administration’s latest travel ban on certain citizens of eight countries.
The president’s sharing of the three videos posted by a far-right British activist also raised concerns this week from a coalition of faith-based organizations that say Trump’s retweets went too far and violated constitutional protections. The faith leaders and legal advocates asserted in a letter to the White House on Thursday that the president’s messages are at odds with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that prevents the government from denigrating a particular religion or showing hostility toward a single faith.
“These tweets sought to draw attention to the misdeeds of Muslims, simply on account of their being Muslim,” according to the letter, signed by Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh organizations and drafted by Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.