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Barzun: Religious Discrimination Unconstitutional
17 November 2016, 10:52 | Updated: 17 November 2016, 11:07
The US ambassador to the UK told LBC that discrimination on the basis of religion runs against the American constitution.
Talking to LBC’s Nick Ferrari, ambassador Matthew Barzun refused to be drawn into the debate around President-elect Donald Trump’s policies towards Muslims.
But he did offer this key point about the US constitution.
"I promised not to be partisan, but I also made a promise to and a public oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States."
"In that constitution, our very first amendment has very clear specifications, that we are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion, period."
"And I think its really important to say, I don't car what was said during the campaign, we have not as a country, we do not now, and feel very confident, discriminate in the basis of religion. It's just not constitutional."
One of Donald Trump’s advisor’s has mooted the possibility of a register for Muslims. Doubts still remain about which of Trump’s policies towards followers of the religion will be enacted once he takes office.