Yesterday, reports emerged that President Donald Trump was reviewing the draft of another alarming executive order, one that would roll back existing protections barring discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. Attorney General. In anticipation of that vote, Americans United today joined nearly 200 other organizations on a letter organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights that urges the committee to question Sessions on his role in developing executive orders and proposals advanced by Pres. Donald Trump this month.
Americans United staff joined faith leaders Wednesday in voicing opposition to any efforts by the Trump administration to use religion as a reason to bar refugees and immigrants from the United States.
AU Faith Organizer Bill Mefford and I attended an afternoon press conference at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and a prayer vigil at the White House to support Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders who spoke out against an anticipated presidential order that would ban immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries and block Syrian refugees.
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump vowed to ban Muslim refugees and immigrants. Just a few days into his presidency, it looks like he’s poised to act unilaterally to fulfill that promise.
Trump may as soon as tomorrow sign an order to temporarily ban people from coming to the United States from some Muslim-majority countries and halt refugees from resettling here. This action is clearly targeted at Muslims, and it is a breach of the foundational American promise of religious freedom for all. It’s fundamentally un-American.
Yesterday marked the start of School Choice Week, an event conjured up by the forces that want to divert as much money as possible from the public school system to private (mostly religious) institutions.
This is it. Today Donald J. Trump, a real estate developer and reality TV host with no political experience and a bevy of alarming views, is being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
This seemed unthinkable just a few short months ago, but it’s reality, and we have to deal with it.
Advocates and activists I know were certainly disappointed and even angry after the election. But none of them has turned away from activism. If anything, they’re more fired up than ever.
President-elect Donald Trump may have struggled to attract A-list celebrities to perform at his inaugural ceremonies, but there will be no shortage of clergy on hand Friday to pray him into office.
Six religious leaders are expected to speak during the inauguration: Protestant pastors Franklin Graham, Paula White, Samuel Rodriguez and Wayne T. Jackson will join Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Marvin Hier. Trump’s lineup reportedly is the largest contingent of clergy at an inauguration at least since Ronald Reagan last took the oath of office.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions wrapped up its hearing on Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education at 8:45 last night, and will be back at 10 this morning to hold another confirmation hearing. Up today: Trump’s pick for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.).
The incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump could do some serious damage to separation of church and state – and it might get some help from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Senate confirmation hearing of education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has been postponed until Jan. 17. This is for the best. DeVos is a controversial appointee who hasn’t even completed her ethics review, and there’s no need to fast-track her nomination.