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Guess What? Religious Right Islamophobes Don’t Really Care About Women’s Rights In The Middle East

Thanks to oppressive legislation and policies, restrictions on and interference with women’s rights plague many countries around the globe, regardless of the majority religion and the church-state arrangement in those nations.  

Trump’s Expected Order Targeting Muslims Is Un-American and Breaks Our Nation’s Promise of Religious Freedom

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump vowed to ban Muslim refugees and immigrants. Just a few days into his presidency, it looks like he’s poised to act unilaterally to fulfill that promise. 

Trump may as soon as tomorrow sign an order to temporarily ban people from coming to the United States from some Muslim-majority countries and halt refugees from resettling here. This action is clearly targeted at Muslims, and it is a breach of the foundational American promise of religious freedom for all. It’s fundamentally un-American.

The Women’s March On Washington Made History, And Americans United Was There!

Editor’s Note: Several Americans United staff members attended the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. AU was an official partner of the D.C. event, and AU chapters also took part in the sister marches that took place all over the country. Today we’re pleased to present some reflections on this important event.

Feeling Frustrated? Here Are Some Ways To Channel Your Energy Into Positive Action

This is it. Today Donald J. Trump, a real estate developer and reality TV host with no political experience and a bevy of alarming views, is being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

This seemed unthinkable just a few short months ago, but it’s reality, and we have to deal with it.

Advocates and activists I know were certainly disappointed and even angry after the election. But none of them has turned away from activism. If anything, they’re more fired up than ever.

Here’s A Look At Trump’s Inaugural Prayer Team

President-elect Donald Trump may have struggled to attract A-list celebrities to perform at his inaugural ceremonies, but there will be no shortage of clergy on hand Friday to pray him into office.

Six religious leaders are expected to speak during the inauguration: Protestant pastors Franklin Graham, Paula White, Samuel Rodriguez and Wayne T. Jackson will join Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Marvin Hier. Trump’s lineup reportedly is the largest contingent of clergy at an inauguration at least since Ronald Reagan last took the oath of office.

4 Things We Learned About Betsy DeVos At Her Confirmation Hearing

Last night, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education. Senators showed up with a lot of questions for DeVos, who has no experience in education policy but instead has a long record of supporting private school vouchers. Despite protest from the Democrats on the committee, the committee chairman allowed each senator only five minutes to ask all of their questions.

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