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.
Americans United partnered with the Bridge Initiative yesterday to host a Facebook Live discussion, “Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.”
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been criticized for having no experience in public education, and now she is proving she doesn’t understand the history of the “school choice” schemes she so eagerly embraces.
President Donald J. Trump last night again touted his misguided idea of funneling public money into the coffers of private schools.
The U.S. Senate confirmed two controversial nominees for President Donald Trump’s cabinet last month: U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General, and U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Although many evangelical Christians voted for Donald J. Trump, not all of them support the president. At least a few are challenging his reliance on “alternative facts.” Among them is John Fea, a professor of American History at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
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.
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.”
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.
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.