Policy Analysis

  • Sessions' Religious Freedom Memo is a Mixed Bag

    October 19, 2017
    Editor's note: The fear of religious minorities at home and abroad has resulted in the use of religion as a tool for discrimination. On October 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued government-wide guidance that could potentially permit discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

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  • Sam Brownback is Wrong for Religious Freedom Ambassador

    October 12, 2017
    The passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 led to the creation of the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. This position heads the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom -- an office charged with promoting religious freedom as a key objective of U.S. foreign policy.

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  • Enough is Enough: We Need Gun Control

    October 5, 2017
    Editor's note: Four years ago, we discussed the urgent imperative for sensible gun control policy in the wake of the Aurora, Oak Creek, Sandy Hook, and Washington, D.C. shootings. In the aftermath of the horrific Las Vegas shooting, we are recirculating our September 2013 DC News & Views.

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  • Police and Military Lines Can’t Be Blurred

    September 28, 2017
    In response to the 2015 Ferguson protests, President Obama signed an executive order that banned the transfer of some military equipment -- high-powered rifles, grenade launchers, bayonets, some armored vehicles, and camouflage uniforms -- to police departments.

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  • Burma’s Rohingya: A Slow Genocide

    September 14, 2017
    Genocides are neither sudden nor unavoidable phenomena. Minority groups that were once accepted members of society do not become targets for extermination overnight. Instead, a series of ever-harshening policies that aim to deprive rights and implicitly condone violence are enacted against a minority group.

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  • Defending DACA: A Muslim Issue, Too

    September 7, 2017
    President Trump rescinded the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA. DACA temporarily shields certain undocumented immigrants, commonly known as “Dreamers,” from deportation who entered the U.S. as children and meet certain residency and background requirements.

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  • Trump, Charlottesville, and White Supremacy

    August 24, 2017
    The events that transpired last week in Charlottesville are a natural consequence of what happens when our elected officials willfully turn a blind eye to the rise of violent white supremacists. We will continue to see violent uprisings by the far right as long as President Trump surrounds himself with advisors who have a history of advancing white supremacy.

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  • Occupation, Religious Freedom, & Human Rights

    August 17, 2017
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestine as a result of the Six-Day War. 50 years of occupation, forced displacement, and the appropriation of Palestinian land and resources. Human Rights Watch has documented the two-tiered system Israel maintains in East Jerusalem, where there is effectively one set of rules for Jews and another for Palestinians.

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  • Senate Hearing Targets Muslims, Makes Us All Less Safe

    June 15, 2017
    On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on violent extremism that singles out Muslims, includes zero authentic voices from our community, and provides a platform for one of the most virulent professional Islamophobes in the world. In addition to being morally reprehensible, this hearing also make us less safe.

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  • ISIS Has Made This a Bloody Ramadan

    June 9, 2017
    Ramadan is a blessed month, but ISIS has made it a bloody month. Just a couple weeks ago, Manchester. Now, Baghdad, Kabul, London, and Tehran. More than 130 imams condemned the London attack, issuing a statement that the terrorists are enemies of Islam.

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