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Emma Green

Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also oversees the National Channel and writes about religion and culture.
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Now It's Liberal States Clashing With the Federal Government Over Religious Freedom

November 22, 2017 The battle over birth control and the Affordable Care Act wages on. A handful of liberal state attorneys general have sued the federal government over its new contraception-coverage rules, which exempt employers with religious or moral objections from including birth control in their employee health-insurance plans. For years, religious businesses...

A Federal Court Pushes Back on Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

October 30, 2017 A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction on President Trump’s transgender military ban—a directive issued via Twitter in July to remove all transgender service members from the United States military and ban transgender people from entering the armed forces. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a judge for the U.S. District Court in...

The Department of Justice Takes a Stand Against Transgender Rights in the Workplace

October 5, 2017 The Department of Justice has issued a new memo on transgender workplace rights, arguing that a major civil-rights law does not cover discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The memo, first reported by BuzzFeed News, officially withdraws a 2014 memo sent out by then-Attorney General Eric Holder on this...

The Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

October 2, 2017 At least 50 people have died and hundreds injured Sunday night at a country-music concert in Las Vegas, in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the Las Vegas police department said. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a press conference that two police officers are in the hospital,...

Will Trump Direct FEMA to Fund Churches Hit by Hurricanes?

September 11, 2017 Hurricane Harvey blew the steeple off of Rockport First Assembly of God in Rockport, Texas. Harvest Family Church in Cypress got covered in a layer of mud and silt. Three feet of water filled the sanctuary of Hi-Way Tabernacle in Cleveland. Despite this damage, the Tabernacle has served as an...

Trump Bans Transgender Americans From Serving in the Military

July 26, 2017 President Trump has announced that transgender Americans will not be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. military. On Wednesday morning, he tweeted that the U.S. military “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender...

This New Jersey Township Tried to Block a Mosque, And Lost

May 30, 2017 After five years, 39 public hearings, and two lawsuits, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge in New Jersey will finally be able to build a new mosque. On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department announced the terms of a settlement between the federal government and Bernards Township, the local body that...

What Lies Ahead for Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Program?

March 17, 2017 For the last six years, the U.S government has pushed resources toward a set of programs called Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE: grants to community organizations, U.S. attorneys’ offices, and police departments designed to derail people “at risk” of engaging in terrorism. Civil-liberties groups have long argued that CVE is...

How the FBI Is Hobbled by Religious Illiteracy

February 27, 2017 Historians have looked harshly on the FBI’s legacy in dealing with religious groups. The Bureau famously investigated and threatened Martin Luther King Jr. at the peak of the civil-rights movement. A 1993 standoff with a group called the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, ended with a massive fire, killing more...

The Federal Government’s Reversal: Let the States Deal With Transgender Kids

February 23, 2017 The Trump administration issued a new letter on Wednesday: The federal government will no longer stand behind Obama-era guidelines requiring schools to accommodate transgender students based on their gender identity. The new administration is withdrawing two letters, written in 2015 and 2016, in order to “further and more completely consider...