- No one expects to see massive evangelical defections from the Trump camp, but the "Christianity Today" incident did shake loose some evangelical anti-Trumpers who until now haven’t been especially vocal.
Everyone loves to make predictions and speculate on what might lie ahead for a new year. While no one on Americans United’s staff claims psychic powers, there are some things we can say with confidence about 2020 – mainly based on what we saw in 2019.
- Religious Right groups sought to link their narrow version of the Christian faith with government – an exclusionary act that makes a mockery of the very season of peace and goodwill they so claim to cherish.
- I did not file this lawsuit for “Catholic rights.” I am doing this because there are hundreds of thousands of kids in foster care. Many are in institutions right now, when instead they could be in the middle of bedtime stories, tucked in by loving parents, knowing that no matter what happened today, tomorrow they will wake up just as loved as they were when they were put to bed.
- White evangelicals love to portray themselves as the last bastion of morality and decency in America, yet 81 percent of them voted for Trump in 2016 even though they were well aware of his moral failings and crude behavior, and they’ve stood by him despite a litany of scandals and crass actions.
- One of the Trump administration’s most unconscionable policies this year (and there have been many to choose from) was to allow taxpayer-funded foster care agencies to prioritize their religious beliefs above the best interests of vulnerable children by turning away parents and volunteers who are the “wrong” religion.
- In courts and in Congress, Americans United protected LGBTQ people from discrimination as the Trump administration and the president’s allies tried to misuse religious freedom to justify discrimination in health care, employment, social services, businesses and other aspects of life.
- Americans United raised the alarm that the unprecedented attacks on reproductive rights this year were directly linked to efforts to undermine church-state separation. Religious beliefs often are used to justify regressive reproductive policies such as the abortion bans that were proposed in several states and the Trump administration’s rules that would allow employers and universities to use religion to deny employees and students access to birth control.