MIAMI, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernesto Pichardo, who won a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision on behalf of his church in 1993 and is a respected religious leader of the Cuban Lukumí faith aka Santeria, blasted the new Trump Executive Order banning Muslims from coming into the United States as "unconstitutional and discriminatory."
Pichardo said, "The Trump Administration is again trying to sell a bigoted and prejudicial executive order against a specific people of faith, while trying to say that on its face it is neutral. Trump's executive order is not neutral; on the contrary, it is bias and discriminatory against the people of the Muslim faith. Just like the City of Hialeah tried to ban the practice of animal sacrifice, a form of devotion in the Cuban Santeria faith, we hope the legal system and the U.S. Supreme Court will see that this executive order was established simply to discriminate against Muslims and is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The Trump Administration should be fighting terrorism not the Islamic faith."
Pichardo's precedent-setting, unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision for religious liberty was the center pillar that blocked Trump's original Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017. Read the decision here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/508/520
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SOURCE Ernesto Pichardo