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. Several members of Congress were present, and they promised to continue fighting to protect Muslims and religious freedom in American.
Kennedy’s announcement that he is retiring is cause for sadness and alarm – mainly because Trump gets to replace him. While Kennedy was often wrong on separation of church and state, he was right just enough to make him an important swing vote on some occasions.
Americans United filed a lawsuit challenging multiple actions by the Trump-Pence administration – including back-room deals with the University of Notre Dame – that would deny countless women access to contraception.
In today’s decision, a majority of justices on the Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s Muslim ban does not violate the constitutional prohibition against religious discrimination. This despite Trump’s repeated anti-Muslim statements, which the majority opinion acknowledged cast "doubt on the official objective of the Proclamation.”
The U.S. Supreme Court today sent back for more review Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington, one of several cases circling the court system involving a business that wants to use religious beliefs to justify discrimination against LGBTQ people.
On the heels of two historic referendums in Ireland – last month’s repeal of the abortion ban and the 2015 referendum establishing marriage equality – the country is gearing up for a new referendum that would advance religious freedom: Voters soon will decide whether to eliminate Ireland’s constitutional prohibition on blasphemy.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hand a decision on the Muslim ban case any day now – maybe even tomorrow. President Donald J. Trump, meanwhile, is doing his side no favors. He reportedly compared the cruel and inhumane ban to his highly controversial policy of family separation at the southern border.
Americans United intern Emily Midyette attended the Oregon high school that recently was in the news for allegedly discriminating against LGBTQ students and forcing at least one of them to read the Bible in school as punishment. Midyette discusses some of the other church-state separation problems she experienced at North Bend High School.