Today, Americans United filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald J. Trump’s latest attempt at a Muslim ban. The suit seeks justice for Muslim Yemeni parents who were granted asylum in the United States and are now unable to get U.S. visas for two of their young children still stranded overseas and facing the danger of returning to war-torn Yemen.
President Donald J. Trump’s latest effort to curb Muslim immigration into the United States is just as offensive and illegal as his first try, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“President Trump is attempting to dress up this monster, but it just doesn’t work,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This policy remains a destructive beast that offends our Constitution by treating people like second-class citizens based on their religious beliefs. It has to go.”
President Donald J. Trump today visited a private Catholic school that benefits from Florida’s tuition tax credit program – a voucher scheme that diverts taxpayer dollars away from public schools.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State opposes voucher programs, including tuition tax credits, because they funnel desperately needed funding away from public schools and into private, mostly religious schools that lack accountability and often perform no better – and sometimes worse – than their public counterparts.
The U.S. Senate confirmed two controversial nominees for President Donald Trump’s cabinet last month: U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General, and U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Although many evangelical Christians voted for Donald J. Trump, not all of them support the president. At least a few are challenging his reliance on “alternative facts.” Among them is John Fea, a professor of American History at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Days after his inauguration, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that will pave the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline to resume construction along a course contested by Native Americans.
During his last weeks in office, President Barack Obama issued a temporary reprieve for the self-professed “water protectors” of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, who see the 1,200-mile oil pipeline as a threat to the reservations’ water supply.
For the first time since his inauguration, President Donald J. Trump publicly reiterated his intent to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that prohibits houses of worship and other non-profits from getting involved in partisan electoral politics.
“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” Trump vowed on Feb. 2. “I will do that. Remember.”
In a statement released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27), President Donald J. Trump’s administration neither mentioned Jews, the Holocaust’s primary victims, nor condemned anti-Semitism.
The statement sparked controversy, with critics arguing that not mentioning Jews in the statement was offensive and dismissive of the Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. Speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the same day, U.S. Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer argued that you can’t separate the significance of the Holocaust from Jewish history.
Americans United and other advocates of church-state separation put up a spirited fight, but voucher advocate Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. secretary of education Feb. 7.
It was a close vote. The Senate tied 50-50 on DeVos, and she got the job only because Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie. It was the first time in history that a cabinet secretary appointee received a tie vote.
President Donald Trump delivered remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Feb. 2. In many ways, the speech was typical of Trump: It was bombastic and petty. At one point, Trump went so far as to insult Arnold Schwarzenegger because ratings for “The Apprentice,” Trump’s old reality TV show, are down since the action-film star and former California governor took over as host.