Washington, D.C. – Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release immediate guidance and precise criteria outlining how the department intends to implement Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the Muslim ban to take partial effect.
The U.S. Supreme Court went out of session this morning and did so with a bang. The high court took three actions that affect church-state separation.
Here’s a rundown on what happened:
Trinity Lutheran v. Comer: Americans United has been warning for more than a year that it could erode the church-state wall. The ruling is harmful – but not as bad as it might have been.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the lawsuits challenging President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The Court has also allowed the Muslim ban to go into effect for people without ties to the United States.
“Allowing the ban to take even partial effect opens the door to discrimination based on religion – which is at odds with our laws, history, traditions and common sense,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to act on several crucial religious freedom cases, all of which Americans United is involved in.
As soon as Monday and certainly by the end of next week, the court is expected to issue a ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, a case that threatens to blur the lines between church and state.
Monday evening, fresh off of the welcoming news that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the injunction against Muslim ban 2.0, I participated in my first HIAS (formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) action meeting at the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington D.C.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Donald J. Trump did not have the authority to issue his executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
Early yesterday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted out: “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
This unexpected tweet, followed by more, comes on the heels of the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the May 25 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to continue the hold on President Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0.
Today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction that prevents President Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 from going into effect.
The court did not mince words in its condemnation of the ban as an affront to the First Amendment. The opinion calls Muslim Ban 2.0 an order that “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia has ruled that President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries will remain on hold nationwide.