Published September 13, 2016

Constitution Day

Discussion about Muslim immigration part of Monmouth’s observance
  • Khizr Khan displays his Constitution while speaking about his son, who was killed serving in the Army in Iraq, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (Photo credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Could a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States happen? Is it even constitutional?

Those and other questions will be addressed Sept. 20 during Monmouth College’s annual observance of Constitution Day. Members of the College’s political science department will discuss constitutional implications of a ban on Muslim immigration at 7 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.

Specifically relevant to the discussion are two amendments to the United States Constitution, which read, in part:

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Fourteenth Amendment: No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The final document of the Constitution was taken up to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, at its final session, with delegates signing the document.

The law establishing the present Constitution Day was created in 2004.
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