The story of Maziar Hashemi, a U.S. citizen who is battling a rare form of blood cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant from his Iranian brother, is just one of many heartbreaking examples of Americans who are harmed by President Trump’s senseless and discriminatory Muslim ban.
Americans United joined allies to deliver more than 200,000 comments from people objecting to the Trump administration proposal to create a sweeping religious exemption for health care providers that would allow them to use religion to justify denying health care to patients.
The Religious Right no longer cares about character. If the movement’s followers must discard principle and twist themselves into knots to appoint Trump a kind of latter-day prophet, they’re willing to do it.
Americans United activists in Florida got a tremendous and welcome surprise last week when two harmful proposals to amend Florida’s Constitution failed to advance. This group of AU leaders campaigned to protect the No-Aid Provision and another provision that protects public education.
Alabama legislators passed Senate Bill 181, which puts a question on Alabama’s November 2018 ballot: Should the state amend its constitution to give public schools and public buildings “the right to the display of the Ten Commandments” with other items?
The omnibus bill is notable for some things it doesn’t contain: It’s free of efforts to water down or repeal the Johnson Amendment, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s school voucher boondoggle is nowhere to be found.
It is the antithesis of religious freedom for government to decide which belief systems are deserving of exercise and support and to find that the many secularists in the military don’t deserve those rights.