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Trump’s Latest Department Of Education Nominees Are School Voucher Advocates

President Donald Trump’s nominees to serve as assistants to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may have more experience in education than her, but they didn’t seem any more prepared than she did at their Senate confirmation hearing this week.

Not All Evangelicals Agree With Jerry Falwell Jr. And Liberty University – And They’re Speaking Up

Secularists, non-Christians and progressive Christians have long been critics of Religious Right leader Jerry Falwell Jr. But lately Falwell has had to deal with flak from an unexpected source: fellow evangelicals who are angry over his support for President Donald J. Trump and his blend of nationalist and fundamentalist rhetoric.  

We’ve Spent The Past Year Fending Off Donald Trump’s Attacks On Religious Freedom

A year ago, when Donald Trump and Mike Pence were elected to the highest offices in the land, Americans United warned of the many threats this administration posed to church-state separation. We promised that if any of those threats came to fruition, we would be ready to fight back and defend religious freedom.

GOP House Tax Bill Seeks To Use Churches As Political Tools, Says Americans United

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Retaining Johnson Amendment, Church-State Watchdog Notes

The leadership of the House of Representatives today released a tax-reform package that includes language greatly weakening the Johnson Amendment – the provision in the tax code that ensures tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose political candidates.

Today’s tax-reform proposal would change the law so that churches – but not other nonprofits – could endorse candidates seeking office.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United, released this statement in response:

Americans United Sues Trump Administration Over Rules That Threaten Women’s Access To Birth Control

Americans United is following through on a promise we made when the Trump administration announced an attack on women’s health care last month: We’ve filed a federal lawsuit challenging the administration’s new regulations that allow employers and universities to use religion as an excuse to deny their staff and students health insurance coverage for birth control.

Hero Worship

Much ado was made on Oct. 13 when President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, the annual gathering of the Religious Right sponsored by the Family Research Council.

It was a repeat appearance for Trump, who spoke at the confab about a month before he was elected president in November 2016. His encore this year received an enthusiastic welcome in the crowded Washington, D.C., hotel ballroom that was brimming with far-right fundamentalist Christians – a bloc that overwhelmingly voted for Trump last year.

Block The Ban

Americans United and allies are working to ensure that the third time is not the charm for President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

AU joined Muslim Advocates and the law firm Covington and Burling LLP in early October to file Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump – the first lawsuit to challenge Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0. As this issue of Church & State went to press, a federal court in Maryland ruled in favor of Americans United and its allies and issued an order blocking implementation of Trump’s latest Muslim ban.

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