Freedom of religion is one of the most important rights as protected by our Constitution. However, with the Supreme Court upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban (what others refer to as the Travel Ban), a clear message was sent regarding whose rights are protected and whose are not.
Travelers and refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea are blocked from entering the United States. This means that the highest court has sanctioned religious discrimination, bigotry and racism. What this decision means is that any faith can be discriminated against, any country can be on a list of banned countries, and the power of the occupant of the White House remains unchecked.
But more so, that animus, as witnessed by the Muslim Ban, is directed towards one community – Muslims.
Not one person from any of the banned countries has committed an act of terrorism in the United States. People fleeing war, famine, extreme poverty, violence, and death threats cannot come to the United States to escape. This is even though the U.S. is funding the destruction and destabilization of countries on the travel ban list.
The fight is not over. The case will be going back and forth in the courts. Below is an action plan to follow to continue the fight against the Muslim Ban. How can you help?
Contact your members of Congress and demand that they defund the ban. (Contact information for your representative can be found here. Ask your members of Congress to support legislation to defund enforcement of the ban. (Bills H.R. 4271 and S. 1979). Also ask them to support the Freedom of Religion Act, H.R. 852.Donate to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), volunteer with your local CAIR chapter, and report civil rights violations to CAIR. https://www.cair.com
Download the Decision Day Toolkit under the Resources tab on this site: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com
Sign this petition from the Friends Committee on National Legislation to ask Congress to rescind the ban. Sign this petition from the ACLU to ask Congress to rescind the ban. Use this graphic in your social media feeds to show people the fight is not over.