Good News: President Joe Biden recognizes atheists and other non-religious individuals in a new executive order repealing former President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban targeting Muslims.
USA Today reports:
Among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Joe Biden on Wednesday was one ending the ban on travelers from several majority-Muslim countries, which was first issued by Donald Trump in January 2017.
In addition to reversing Trump’s Muslim travel ban, the new executive order acknowledges atheists and other non-religious individuals:
Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States… are a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all faiths and no faith at all.
More from Biden’s “Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States” –
The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — first from primarily Muslim countries, and later, from largely African countries. Those actions are a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all faiths and no faith at all.
Beyond contravening our values, these Executive Orders and Proclamations have undermined our national security. They have jeopardized our global network of alliances and partnerships and are a moral blight that has dulled the power of our example the world over. And they have separated loved ones, inflicting pain that will ripple for years to come. They are just plain wrong.
Make no mistake, where there are threats to our Nation, we will address them. Where there are opportunities to strengthen information-sharing with partners, we will pursue them. And when visa applicants request entry to the United States, we will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system. But we will not turn our backs on our values with discriminatory bans on entry into the United States.
Bottom line: In a promising move hinting at better things to come, President Joe Biden recognizes atheists in a new executive order repealing former President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban targeting Muslims.