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.
As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s imminent ruling in the legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban, new reporting has highlighted more problems with the ban beyond the obvious that it is unconstitutional because it singles out one religious group for disfavor.
America has a foundational document – the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The story of how our nation got that document (which, by the way, is secular) and the story of how we went from a small band of theocratic settlers in Massachusetts to a country that celebrates religious freedom for all is a fascinating one.
This situation is a reminder of why the Johnson Amendment is so important. It’s designed in part to prevent what happened here – someone inappropriately using a nonprofit as a vehicle to help a candidate get elected.
In Masterpiece, the Supreme Court based its decision on one of the core principles of religious freedom: The government cannot act based on hostility to religion. There’s no clearer example of this than Trump’s Muslim ban.
Once again, efforts are under way in the U.S. House of Representatives to undermine the Johnson Amendment, which is the provision in the tax code that ensures that all tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose candidates. Despite the fact that the Johnson Amendment is popular among faith and nonprofit leaders because it protects the integrity and independence of our houses of worship and charitable nonprofit organizations, some – including President Donald Trump – continue to try to repeal and weaken it.