The First Amendment to the Constitution states “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.”
In 2015, Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed that he would consider shutting down mosques in
the U.S. Assume for the purposes of this assignment that Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and
that he wrote executive orders mandating that these proposals become policy.
Consider Donald Trump’s statements from a Constitutional perspective. Would Trump’s policies violate the
First Amendment? Explain.
Suppose you are the lawyer involved in this case. Which side would you choose to represent, the U.S.
Government as the defendant or the congregation of a Muslim mosque as the plaintiffs? After deciding your
position, please make arguments on behalf of your client (either the U.S. Government or the Muslim
Congregation). Explain your position using your interpretation of the Constitution and relevant case law.
Your paper must be at least 1500 words.
Please double space your paper and use standard 12-point font.
Make sure to proofread your paper before submitting.
Please follow APA format when referencing information from outside sources, at least 4 sources in works
Please include your word count at the end of your assignment.