On the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning, Americans United, allies and activists gathered to hear community leaders and government officials speak in opposition to the Court’s ruling that allowed President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban to remain in effect indefinitely.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Muslim ban, which bars immigration from several Muslim-majority counties. Any reasonable observer of Trump’s campaign and presidency would conclude that the ban was inspired by anti-Muslim animus—with Trump repeatedly declaring Muslims unworthy of basic dignity. But the Court ignored Trump’s anti-Muslim statements. They allowed the government to single out one religion for discrimination, and brushed aside the fundamental American principle of religious freedom for all.

Seventeen members of Congress–four senators and 13 representatives–joined the rally outside the Court organized by the Justice for Muslims Collective to denounce the Supreme Court’s ruling. These members of Congress spoke alongside many of our tireless allies and Americans United’s own president and CEO, Rachel Laser. Fortunately, they promised to continue fighting to protect Muslims and religious freedom in American.

“What has happened today is an absolute travesty to the core value of freedom of religion in the United States of America,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said at the rally.

Among the speakers were also Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

“We are not a country that bans people based on their faith, we are a country that embraces all,” Booker said.

Kennedy, meanwhile, criticized the Supreme Court for not living up to the words engraved into the entrance of the building: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

Throughout the rally, members of Congress condemned the ruling, and called for a legislative fix to the ban in Congress.

As Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) stated: “Congress has the power to overturn this hateful decision and pass a law to stop this cruelty.” We agree with Lee, and we hope that Congress acts to end this ban.

Lee pointed to HR 4271, a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), which blocks the implementation of Trump’s ban.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) appealed to his colleagues in the House and Senate: “It is up to Congress to pass the Freedom of Religion Law, which would ban any law that would prevent other people from coming to this country because of their religious views.”

Other members also pledged to fight back and called out the court for ruling in the favor of religious discrimination.

“To my Muslim brothers, friends and neighbors... we are going to fight this racist, discriminatory policy,” U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) said.

Among the most popular speakers were U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

“We are not a country that bans people based on their faith, we are a country that embraces all,” Booker said.

Kennedy, meanwhile, criticized the Supreme Court for not living up to the words engraved into the entrance of the building: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), the only Buddhist serving in Congress, concurred. “This is not a nation of Christians only… We need religious diversity,” she said.

Take U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell’s (D-Mich.) speech at the rally. She represents the 12th district of Michigan, which is home to the largest Muslim community in America. At the rally, she shared a heart-wrenching story.

“An 8-year old girl hugged me in school and started crying and she told me she feared that someone would come in the middle of the night, knock on their door and tear her family away,” she said. “I have now heard that story 30 times.”

This is heartbreaking, and it’s why we believe America is at its best when people of all religions feel welcome here. For people of all faiths and for non-believers – religious freedom means that the law treats everyone equally regardless of faith. Americans United will continue to protect this ideal because the fight against the Muslim ban is not over.

As U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) stated, “There is nothing more un-American than a country founded on religious dissonance now having enshrined in our Constitution discrimination against those based upon religion.”  

You can watch the video of the full rally on Americans United’s Facebook. To follow along and take action as we continue to fight the ban in legislatures and the courts, we encourage you to join us.

(Pictured above: U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono)