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Another Court, Ruling Against Trump’s Muslim Ban, Agrees With AU’s Religious Freedom Arguments

Yesterday, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the Trump administration from enforcing its unconstitutional Muslim ban in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

While this order aligns with those of almost every other court that has heard a challenge to the Muslim ban thus far – including the nationwide restraining order issued by the U.S. District Court in Seattle and upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – the Virginia court’s analysis was notably different in one respect: its focus on religious freedom.

One-Third Of U.S. Residents Say You Must Be Christian To Be ‘Truly American’

I was born in the United States, as were my parents and three-quarters of my grandparents. I was educated at public schools, I pay taxes and I vote. I’ve spent most of my adult life working as a journalist and now for an organization that advocates for religious freedom, so you could say I live and breathe the First Amendment.

But according to a third of my fellow citizens, I’m not “truly American” because I’m not a Christian.

Americans United Files Brief In Va. Lawsuit Challenging Trump ‘Muslim Ban’

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls Executive Order ‘Constitutionally And Morally Indefensible’

President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should remain on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United and Southern Poverty Law Center Explain Church-State Problems of Trump’s Muslim Ban in Brief to Appeals Court

Advocacy Groups Say Executive Order Violates Religious Freedom Rights

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries is effectively a Muslim ban and should immediately be put on hold, according to a legal brief filed today by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Americans United Files Brief In Washington State Lawsuit Challenging Trump ‘Muslim Ban’

Attorneys With Watchdog Group Travel To Seattle For Court Hearing Today

President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should be put on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Attorneys with Americans United yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump. They also traveled to Seattle for a hearing on the matter today.

Why We’re ‘Not Sure’ Jeff Sessions Is Right For Attorney General

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month as part of the process for his nomination as attorney general.

Sessions has a long history of making disparaging comments about the separation of church and state. Over the years, he has called that principle “not constitutional,” “not historical” and “a recent creation.”

The D.C. Demonstration: Taking Steps To Ensure That Human Rights March Forward

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.

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