Over the weekend, a makeshift bomb was thrown into a Minnesota mosque in what many activists are calling the latest hate crime against the Muslim American community. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D), along with other state officials, visited the Bloomington mosque and was quick to call the attack “a criminal act of terrorism,” but on the federal level, President Donald J. Trump remains mum.
The assaults on religious freedom and church-state separation by the Trump/Pence administration have fired up a base of already passionate Americans United supporters, and they are ready to fight back. This past weekend, I joined AU’s Field team, chapter leaders and supporters from North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee for a two-day training on grassroots organizing.
I was on vacation last week. My wife, son and I visited Charleston, S.C., where we soaked up a lot of Revolutionary War and Civil War history. (OK, we also spent a day at the beach.)
Today, in a win for women’s health, a federal appeals court issued an opinion in Real Alternatives v. Burwell that will ensure that employees at a secular, nonprofit organization continue to have access to contraception.
Today is my last day as a fellow in the Legal Department at Americans United. In my two years here, I have learned an immense amount and I want to share a few insights before I go.
A recent Pew Research Center poll revealed that a majority of Muslim Americans, like most Americans, is accepting of homosexuality in 2017. It also revealed that white evangelicals are the most anti-LGBTQ religious group in the country.
Believe it or not, it’s already August. And that means many of Americans United’s interns are wrapping up their church-state separation projects and getting ready to go back to school. Here’s what they have to say about their time with AU. (To reacquaint yourself with this year’s roster, read the introduction to our interns here.)
The Texas legislature is back in a special session called by Governor Greg Abbott (R) and the Senate has wasted no time passing troubling measures. Last week, the Texas Senate approved two bills that threaten religious freedom – a private school voucher bill and an anti-transgender bathroom ban.
Members of Congress will be returning home to their districts in August, and it’s a perfect time to remind them why the Johnson Amendment is so important.
It is getting a little difficult to keep up with the latest news concerning Australian creationist Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky, but let’s try. I promise you, it’s worth it.