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Religious Beliefs Shouldn’t Justify Discrimination Against Schoolchildren

Gavin Grimm is the 17-year-old high-school senior at the center of the first U.S. Supreme Court case on the civil rights of transgender persons. At issue: Whether a provision in federal law known as Title IX, which forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex, also protects transgender students who have been denied the equal use of school facilities based on their gender identity.

Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors: How You Can Be An Ally

Americans United partnered with the Bridge Initiative yesterday to host a Facebook Live discussion, “Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.”

Trump Reverses Federal Stance On Dakota Access Pipeline Project

Days after his inauguration, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that will pave the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline to resume construction along a course contested by Native Americans.

During his last weeks in office, President Barack Obama issued a temporary reprieve for the self-professed “water protectors” of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, who see the 1,200-mile oil pipeline as a threat to the reservations’ water supply.

Trump Vows To ‘Destroy’ Johnson Amendment Rule Curbing Pulpit Politicking

For the first time since his inauguration, President Donald J. Trump publicly reiterated his intent to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that prohibits houses of worship and other non-profits from getting involved in partisan electoral politics.

“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” Trump vowed on Feb. 2. “I will do that. Remember.”

White House Holocaust Statement Does Not Mention Jews

In a statement released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27), President Donald J. Trump’s administration neither mentioned Jews, the Holocaust’s primary victims, nor condemned anti-Semitism.

The statement sparked controversy, with critics arguing that not mentioning Jews in the statement was offensive and dismissive of the Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. Speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the same day, U.S. Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer argued that you can’t separate the significance of the Holocaust from Jewish history.

Defeating DeVos: Our Job One Is To Block Dangerous Voucher Schemes

Americans United and other advocates of church-state separation put up a spirited fight, but voucher advocate Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. secretary of education Feb. 7.

It was a close vote. The Senate tied 50-50 on DeVos, and she got the job only because Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie. It was the first time in history that a cabinet secretary appointee received a tie vote.

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