Donald Trump and his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant administration were dealt a crushing blow in January when massive nationwide protests, followed by adverse court rulings, overturned his Muslim ban. Therefore, the administration then had to start from scratch and put together a new order. However, that seems to have done no good, either. The order was supposed to take effect on Thursday, but the state of Hawaii, which sued Trump over the ban, has already had a federal judge block it.
US District Court Judge Derrick Watson says of the new version of the Muslim ban:
The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”
“Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order cannot be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries. It is undisputed, using the primary source upon which the Government itself relies, that these six countries have overwhelmingly Muslim populations that range from 90.7% to 99.8%.”“It would therefore be no paradigmatic leap to conclude that targeting these countries likewise targets Islam. Certainly, it would be inappropriate to conclude, as the Government does, that it does not.”
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.