Occasionally I am asked how I got interested in church-state separation. Mandatory school prayer was common when I was in public schools, and that was part of it. I didn’t personally object to the content – the prayers were Christian and so was I. But then one of my closest friends, who was Jewish, told me how uncomfortable the daily ritual made him feel. I was, therefore, happy when the Supreme Court invalidated official school prayer in 1962 and we didn’t have to recite them anymore.
The bad news: At least one legislator wasted no time in re-introducing a bill that would roll back the so-called Johnson Amendment, which prohibits nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump that has the effect of shutting down our borders to refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority nations.
“President Trump just acted to fulfill his promise to ban Muslim refugees and immigrants,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “He has abandoned our nation’s commitment to religious freedom, and he’s turning away those seeking safe harbor and a better life. This action is fundamentally un-American.”
By Randall Balmer
One of the many challenges in coming to terms with a Donald Trump presidency is determining which of the many promises he made during the course of the campaign he actually intends to keep.
Amid all of the loose talk about building walls and repealing Obamacare and reinstituting torture, Trump recklessly promised to repeal the so-called Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
A few days ago, I said to myself, “You were prescient.” At the time, I was reading a report about “fake news,” deliberately erroneous articles that may or may not in part have swung the election to Donald Trump.
Donald J. Trump’s surprising presidential victory has sparked anxiety among religious and non-religious minorities, women, the LGBTQ community and others. Lots of people are speculating about the challenges on the horizon for the next four years.
Regardless of whether or not Trump was merely playing the role of a devout Christian to stock up on votes, one thing to know for sure is that the Religious Right is expecting a lot from him in return – and he’s already hard at work returning the favor.
Donald J. Trump, a real estate developer and reality TV star with no political experience, was elected president of the United States Nov. 8. This has shocked people all over the world, and political analysts are still grappling with how Trump beat Hillary Clinton, a seasoned politician who was leading in the polls.
Americans United is wrestling with a more fundamental question: What does the rise of Trump mean for the separation of church and state?
“I know for a fact that the Gospel has been shared with Mr. Trump,” Graham wrote. “He has been confronted with his sin. He has heard God’s truth and has been offered grace and forgiveness.
This month, we witnessed an election upset that shocked the nation. It led to many fearing for the future, including people of color, women and LGBTQ Americans.
But there is another potential casualty of a Trump presidency: science education.
As I watched the election results come in last week, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. Everyone had gotten it wrong, from research centers to media polls to political pundits. I thought to myself, how could America elect a man who ran a campaign anchored in so much hateful rhetoric?
So I waited for the election data. And when I saw this article from Pew Research Center, I can’t say I was surprised.