The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement, claiming President Donald Trump is “respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights.” The very next day, though, we saw a draft executive order that contains perhaps the most sweeping attack on LGBTQ and women’s rights in the name of religion that we have ever seen.
President Donald Trump had a lot to say this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., that is sponsored by the evangelical Fellowship Foundation and typically brings together the president, members of Congress and other dignitaries for a series of meetings and meals.
It’s been less than two weeks since President Donald J. Trump and his administration transitioned into power, and chaos and protests over their actions have already erupted.
But one group, in particular, remains mum on criticizing the Trump administration’s words and actions: the Trump-loving Religious Right.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Last Friday, he delivered his Muslim ban.
President Donald Trump this evening nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump had promised to fill the open slot on the high court with someone who holds “similar views and principles” to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Unfortunately, it appears that Trump has acted to fulfill that promise. Like Scalia, Gorsuch has exhibited hostility to church-state separation, which is the foundation of religious freedom. That is why Americans United opposes this nomination.
Yesterday, reports emerged that President Donald Trump was reviewing the draft of another alarming executive order, one that would roll back existing protections barring discrimination against LGBTQ people.
This weekend, as people from seven Muslim-majority countries were either deported or detained due to President Donald Trump’s confusing and hastily written executive order, citizens of all stripes rushed to international airports around the country to protest. Hundreds of lawyers also rushed to the airports to offer legal assistance to those in need. I was one of those lawyers.
Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. Attorney General. In anticipation of that vote, Americans United today joined nearly 200 other organizations on a letter organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights that urges the committee to question Sessions on his role in developing executive orders and proposals advanced by Pres. Donald Trump this month.
I recently had the privilege of attending the 2017 “Creating Change Conference” hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force, which took place in Philadelphia last weekend. What an awesome sight in the City of LOVE!
There were more than 4,000 attendees from across the country, and all were energized and ready to stand up and fight for LGBTQ rights, which will no doubt be under attack this year.