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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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Obama Called It LGBTQ Rights. Trump Calls It Executive Overreach.

May 24, 2019 On Friday, Donald Trump’s administration started rolling back two controversial legal provisions related to the Affordable Care Act: protections against discrimination based on gender identity, and against patients who have previously sought an abortion. Advocates for LGBTQ and women’s health care see this proposed reversal as a pointed attack on...

The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare

May 15, 2019 Late Tuesday night, Alabama legislators passed a bill that would outlaw abortion at any stage in a woman’s pregnancy. They’re in good company: Earlier in May, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a law making abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or roughly six weeks after conception. Ohio,...

Long After 9/11, Congresswoman Rejects America's 'Good Muslim' Test

April 16, 2019 President Donald Trump has brought the 9/11 loyalty test back to the center of American politics. Late last week, the president tweeted—and pinned—a short clip of Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota speaking at an event, where she described the September 11 attacks as “some people did something.” The speech was...

Trump Creates a Not-So-New Faith Office in the White House

May 3, 2018 President Trump announced a new White House faith office on Thursday. At a speech in the Rose Garden, he called the initiative “another historic action to promote religious freedom,” saying the office will help “ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise...

The Government Gets Into the Church-Rebuilding Business

February 11, 2018 Tucked among the provisions in the budget bill passed by Congress on Friday are new rules about how FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, works with houses of worship. According to the new law, religious nonprofits can’t be excluded from disaster aid just because of their religious nature, which had...

The Government Gets Into the Church-Rebuilding Business

February 9, 2018 Tucked among the provisions in the budget bill passed by Congress on Friday are new rules about how FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, works with houses of worship. According to the new law, religious nonprofits can’t be excluded from disaster aid just because of their religious nature, which had...

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,...