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Federal judge blocks executive order on refugees in lawsuit by three faith-based organizations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2020
(RNS) — The preliminary injunction is part of HIAS v. Trump, a lawsuit by three faith-based organizations against the US government over the order.

Texas’ misguided decision on refugees is state-sponsored Islamophobia

By Omar Suleiman — January 15, 2020
(RNS) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision rests in part on the lie that Muslims from war-torn countries are dangerous, which is itself the most dangerous view out there.

Most states agree to admit refugees as judge hears lawsuit to stop resettlement order

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 8, 2020
(RNS) — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday (Jan. 8) in the lawsuit by three faith-based organizations against the federal government over a recent executive order allowing state and local officials to block refugee resettlement.

Trump made us ask, again: Who are the Jews, anyway?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 18, 2019
(RNS) — The president's executive order seeks to protect Jewish kids on campus. But we have to do our part as well.

Trump’s anti-Semitism order is much ado about not much

By Mark Silk — December 11, 2019
(RNS) — The president's executive order, which provides protection for Jews long since offered by previous administrations, amounts to little more than politics for the Hanukkah season.

North Carolina becomes first Southern state to ban state funding for conversion therapy

By Yonat Shimron — August 5, 2019
(RNS) — No Southern state has enacted laws banning the ex-gay therapies, but North Carolina's executive order bans government support for the practice, mostly used by evangelical ministries dedicated to changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Muslim civil rights group sues Maryland over Israel boycott ban

By Aysha Khan — January 9, 2019
(RNS) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit challenging Maryland’s controversial executive order banning state agencies from contracts with businesses that boycott Israel.

Trump marks National Day of Prayer with new faith initiative

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2018
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'We take this step because we know that in solving the many, many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than God,' he said in a Rose Garden ceremony.

New executive order aims to protect religious liberty from government overreach

By Adelle M. Banks — May 2, 2018
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The president plans to sign the order in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday (May 3) that is expected to be attended by members of his Cabinet and some 200 representatives of religious groups.

The travel ban has been particularly harsh on Shiite Muslims

By Faiyaz Jaffer — May 26, 2017
NEW YORK (RNS) The Trump administration's attempts to ban travel to the U.S. by Muslims has had a severe and repugnant impact on Shiite Muslims in particular.

The evangelical courtiers who kneel before the president’s feet

By John Fea — May 12, 2017
(RNS) These Court Evangelicals have sacrificed the prophetic voice of their Christian faith for a place of power and influence in the current administration.

Federal appeals court grills Trump team over ‘Muslim ban’

By Lauren Markoe — May 8, 2017
(USA Today) The 13 appellate judges, who include 10 nominated by Democratic presidents, seemed likely to rule against Trump.

Trump casts faith leaders as unpaid extras in his TV-show presidency

By Jacob Lupfer — May 5, 2017
(RNS) A clownish cast of old-school religious-right figures and various other Trump disciples eagerly showed up to dutifully support the president’s executive action, completely unaware of how insignificant it turned out to be.

The ’Splainer: What is the Johnson Amendment and why did Trump target it?

By Kimberly Winston — May 4, 2017
(RNS) Many religious leaders were eager to see this 1954 law weakened. Others wanted to see it preserved.

Religious liberty executive order draws mixed reviews

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2017
(RNS) The executive order signed on the National Day of Prayer draws fire from the left and mixed reviews from conservatives, many of whom say the order doesn’t go far enough.
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