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Religious Freedom And Social Justice Are Not In Conflict

On Monday, a group of conservative Christian women gathered for a prayer rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to criticize feminist activists and church-state separation. 

“For years, the feminists lied to us,” author Lisa Bevere said during the event, as the crowd cheered, according to The Washington Post. “They said for us to be powerful as women, we needed to act like men.”

TV Preacher Paula White Says Opposition To Trump Is Opposition To God

Paula White, the “prosperity gospel” television preacher who became President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, recently equated opposition to Trump with opposition to God.

During an Aug. 22 cable television interview on “The Jim Bakker Show,” White told fellow TV preacher Bakker that she’s glad Trump isn’t “presidential.”

Number Of Students Using Vouchers In D.C. Drops

A recent report revealed that the number of students using private school vouchers from the controversial Washington, D.C., voucher program dropped by almost 500 over a four-year span. 

The report, released in August by FutureEd, an education think tank, found that 1,154 students used vouchers through the program, which is funded with federal tax dollars, in the 2016-17 school year, as opposed to the 1,638 students who had used them four years earlier. One-third of students who were awarded vouchers ended up not using them.  

Gender Identity Is Not A Pretense

Science Backs Civil Rights For Transgender Individuals

I was disappointed by your response to the letter from Tom Kirkman III berating AU for its opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 and similar proposals that would discriminate against transgender individuals (September Church & State). Simply restating your opposition to such discrimination, while necessary, did not address Mr. Kirkman’s central claim that “gender identity is pretense,” and therefore there can be no real discrimination against transgender individuals.

AU And Allies Respond To Far-Right Attacks On Johnson Amendment

Attacks continued over the summer on the Johnson Amendment, the federal law that for more than 60 years has ensured that tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose political candidates.

President Donald J. Trump, backed by some members of Congress and Religious Right leaders, is pushing to repeal or weaken the provision. Trump has repeatedly vowed to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a promise he reiterated during a July 13 interview with TV preacher Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Jay Talking

Religious Right attorney Jay Sekulow was not having a good day.

Defending President Donald J. Trump on “Fox News Sunday” June 18, Sekulow was supposed to stress the point that Trump was not being investigated by any federal law-enforcement agencies. 

Sekulow ended up saying the opposite – twice.

“Sir, you just said two times that he’s being investigated,” host Chris Wallace said to a sputtering Sekulow during a piece of the segment. Video footage soon went viral on social media.

Battling The Ban

The pace of the legal battle over President Donald J. Trump’s Muslim ban remained brisk over the summer.

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review two of the cases involving Trump’s executive order that bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The high court is scheduled to hear arguments on Oct. 10 in Trump v. Hawaii and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project.

Trump's Voucher Onslaught

­­­President Donald J. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy De­Vos continue to push for private school vouchers – even though they still haven’t laid out a specific plan for what their federally funded program would look like.

Following up on his campaign promise ultimately to funnel $20 billion in taxpayer money to fund vouchers and similar programs, Trump introduced his proposed 2018 fiscal year budget on May 23 that would set aside $250 million to expand vouchers.

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