Today we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. After nearly a year of the Trump-Pence administration’s unwavering attacks on the freedom of religion and belief, some might wonder what there is to celebrate. But today, we can be thankful for the fact that Americans United has been successful in fighting many of the administration’s reckless assaults on this core freedom.
New York, NY – Judge Paul Gardephe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today ordered the State Department to respond by Feb. 9 to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for critically important reports about the process that led to the development and creation of Muslim Ban 3.0. The judge ordered the government to produce all materials not subject to any FOIA exemptions and to produce a list and explanation for any documents it withholds.
There’s no doubt that religious freedom was under attack in 2017 and religious minorities especially faced many threats to their religious freedom. That’s why in 2018, Americans United has partnered with allies to resolve to get to know our neighbors in the Know Your Neighbor New Year’s resolution campaign. We’re inviting you to join us.
For days, Iranians have been protesting in large numbers against a variety of oppressive economic, social and religious policies – marking the largest protests in the country since the Green Movement in 2009. This has sparked hypocritical response from the far-right, President Donald J. Trump and his administration.
History likely will remember a lot of things about the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, and one of those things will be his use of Twitter.
We’ve said goodbye to 2017, a year I suspect few of us will miss.
It’s easy to get discouraged in these difficult times. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, often aided and abetted by their allies in the Religious Right, continue to besiege the church-state wall. But as we look ahead to 2018, I want to remind all of you that there is cause for optimism. Yes, we still face many challenges, and we can’t afford to let our guard down for even a minute. But when it comes to separation of church and state, the picture is not as bleak as some may believe.
Depending on whether you like to look at the glass as half-full or half-empty, on Jan. 20 Americans will mark one year of Donald Trump’s presidency behind them or see at least three more to go.
Similarly, as the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration as the United States’ 45th president nears, advocates for church-state separation can lament the attacks Trump and his administration have launched – or they can take heart in the way the president’s actions have rallied the resistance and united those who are standing up for religious freedom.
By Sara Wolovick
President Donald J. Trump’s Muslim ban is getting a lot of attention and has drawn court challenges, including two sponsored by Americans United. But under the radar, the administration seems to be implementing another policy aimed at keeping Muslims out of the country: a purported ideological test that is really a religious test.
There’s no denying that 2017 was a tough year for advocates of religious freedom and church-state separation. Yet despite the barrage of assaults from the Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration, Americans United saw important victories in and out of court.
As we look ahead to 2018, here’s a list of what are, in our opinion, the top 10 church-state stories from 2017: