Sarah Mahmood  //  5/14/17  //  Topic Update

President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty advances his discriminatory agenda, argues Auditi Guha (Rewire).

  • With his executive order on religious liberty, President Trump is seeking to accomplish “with a wink and a nod” selective nonenforcement of electioneering restrictions against churches and other religious organizations, writes Linda Greenhouse for the New York Times.
  • Richard Schragger analyzes a legal challenge filed last week (Take Care).
  • Tim Jost offers helpful background and analysis at Health Affairs Blog.
  • Noah Feldman concludes at Bloomberg that this is an order "to shrug at."
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (D. Oregon) argues that we've come too far on LGBTQ rights now to reverse course under Trump (ACLU).
  • David Post expressed bafflement at the incoherence of Trump's remarks accompanying this EO.

The recently-signed Budget Act contains several "international religious freedom" provisions (Religion Clause).

The frontrunner to lead DOJ Civil Rights defended Abercrombie & Fitch in an important Supreme Court employment religious discrimination case (WaPo). 

The Trump Administration’s theory of discrimination is under-inclusive and unsupported by case law, argues Leah Litman at Take Care.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Senate confirmed Sam Brownback, former Kansas governor, as the American Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom. HHS's new religious freedom division constitutes a new attack on women's health, wrote Jamille Fields at The Hill.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s Muslim ban echoes Japanese internment in the U.S. during World War II, and the Supreme Court should not make the same mistake today. President Trump has abandoned his campaign promises to help Christian refugees as his administration has accepted significantly fewer than previous administrations.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case invoking the conflict between religious beliefs and non-discrimination ordinances.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School