ELDER PATRIOT – Neal Katyal, the lawyer representing the State of Hawaii in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made his case against President Trump’s Executive Order restricting immigration from seven terrorist countries today.
Granted, trying to prop up the unconstitutional ruling by the Ninth Circus’ lower court was a tall order but Katyal’s arguments were beyond ridiculous.
Katyal asked the court to interpret Section 11 of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 entitled “Transparency and Data Collection” as violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because, he argued, it disrespects the religious Muslim’s right to commit honor killings!
When asked by one of the judges what Trump could do to make his E.O. acceptable he responded with this pearl of Constitutional interpretation?
“[He] could eliminate the text, which refers to honor killings.” Wat???
Here is the exact wording from the applicable section of the E.O.:
To be more transparent with the American people and to implement more effectively policies and practices that serve the national interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, consistent with applicable law and national security, collect and make publicly available the following information…
…(iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including so-called ‘‘honor killings,’’ in the United States by foreign nationals…
What a display of twisting the law into a pretzel, eh?
In essence, Katyal is arguing that the Establishment Clause can be used to forgive murder as long as it was committed in the name of Allah! In the process he is telling the court that it must recognize that honor killings are, of themselves, an integral aspect of the Islamic religion.
Apparently Progressives, who have spent decades fighting hammer and tong to invalidate the Establishment Clause when it applies to Jews and Christians, are now arguing murder is fine as long as it is done in compliance with Sharia law because Sharia law trumps our Constitution.
President Trump’s Executive Order is clearly written with the intention of protecting Americans, especially American women, from violence in the name of Islam. It will be interesting to watch how feminists defend Katyal’s argument. Will feminists toe the progressive line and further minimize their once significant political influence?