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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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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...

Coming Soon to the U.S. Army: Turbans, Beards, Hijabs, and Dreadlocks

January 5, 2017 The Army has issued a new regulation: Effective immediately, brigade-level commanders will be able to grant accommodations to servicemen and women who wear beards, turbans, or hijabs for religious reasons—the three most common requests for waivers to current guidelines on grooming and dress, according to a letter from the Secretary...

Why Porn Stars Hate California’s Ballot Initiative to Protect Their Safety on Sets

October 31, 2016 If you don’t believe porn can be tedious, try reading Proposition 60, a ballot initiative in California about condoms in adult entertainment. The 13-page measure is labyrinth of legal terms, but here’s a rough summary. Say California resident John Smith is watching porn and he doesn’t see the actors using...

Can the FBI Sway an Election?

October 31, 2016 The FBI has announced that it is investigating newly discovered messages related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. According to The New York Times, these emails were found in the course of the agency’s investigation of the former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and the longtime Clinton...

Why North Carolina Judges Can Still Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

September 21, 2016 North Carolina is one of the only places in the United States where judges can refuse to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. If magistrates have a religious objection to same-sex marriage, state law says, they can tag themselves out of issuing any marriage licenses, for either gay or straight couples, for...

Why a Court Blocked the Obama Administration’s Guidelines on Trans Students

August 22, 2016 This spring, when the Obama administration issued a letter to schools across the country about how they should treat transgender students, LGBT advocates celebrated. They believed the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines would force schools in every state to let transgender kids use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender...

Mike Pence Wants to Create 'Safe Havens' Where Refugees Could be Vetted

August 11, 2016 On Monday, U.S. vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence gave an interview with Charlie Sykes, a conservative Wisconsin radio host. Pressed on the specifics of the Trump campaign’s proposed immigration ban on countries and territories that have been “compromised by terrorism”—and specifically what that would mean for persecuted Christians and Jews in...