Noel Francisco Doesn’t Seem To Know If Islam Is A Religion Or A Country
Noel Francisco, the Solicitor General in the Trump administration, made a mistake while delivering verbal arguments before the Supreme Court on April 25. He said President Donald J. Trump considers Islam to be one of best countries in the world. The mix up between a nation and the world’s second-largest religion does not help the perception that ignorance of Islam led to the ban. The mistake left people extremely confused.
His arguments were made to support Trump’s debate-arousing travel ban. The ban prohibits citizens of individual countries, most of them Muslim-majority, from setting foot on US soil.
The Supreme Court heard multiple oral arguments about the ban. The ban has been called a de facto Muslim ban. The Trump administration has tried repeated times to enact the same law. Attorney General Francisco insisted that it should not be labeled as a “Muslim ban.” Francisco argued that Trump respected Muslims and the law was designed to protect national security.
In his closing arguments, Francisco said President Trump has made it clear Muslims who live in the United States and are American citizens are great Americans. He also said multiple Muslim countries love the United States. The lawyer’s faux pas came during his closing argument when he praised Islam as one of the world’s greatest countries.
Trump’s critics quickly seized on the goof up. When Francisco’s office was contacted by the media, they were told he simply referenced the speech Trump made in Saudi Arabia. The US President, during his May speech, described Islam as one of the greatest faiths in the world. Solicitor General Francisco simply misspoke.
Trump’s ban has its fair share of detractors. They point out that the goof was a perfect representation of the Trump administration’s apathy towards Islam.
Abed Ayoub, policy director of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was present inside the courtroom at the time the mistake was made. He said he was not surprised by the incident. He pointed out that the way President Trump spoke about Muslim countries can be described only as problematic. This root has, according to the policy director, began from the presidential campaign itself. All is well however for President Trump. The conservative decision makers in the court have hinted to uphold this ban.