Americans United staff, supporters and allies descended on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25 as the justices heard arguments in the Trump v. Hawaii lawsuit that challenges President Donald Trump's Muslim ban.
AU President and Chief Executive Officer Rachel Laser led the AU contingent who joined the "No Muslim Ban Ever" rally in front of the court. Laser spoke from the podium alongside people who have been harmed by the ban, activists, leaders of allied organizations, lawmakers, artists and others.
"None of us are fooled. We know the Muslim ban's true intent is to narrow the space for religious diversity in our country. To please those who seek to protect Christian--white Christian --dominance in American religious life," Laser said. "We know America is at its best when all religions are welcome here."
Laser and David P. Gushee, president of the American Academy of Religion and distinguished university professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University, made a similar point in their opinion column that was printed by Religion News Service that day: "The Muslim ban is emblematic of the struggle over the direction of our country. We choose the path that affirms the human dignity of every person, embraces diversity, welcomes the stranger and reflects American constitutional values. We sincerely hope the Supreme Court will be on the right side of history and uphold the Constitution's promise of religious freedom for all."
Laser concluded her rally remarks by leading the crowd in the chant, "All religions welcome here!" The same message was prominently displayed...