New York, NY, (February 13, 2017) On Thursday, February 23rd, Faith in America—a monthly series of public discussions presented and hosted by Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York—welcomes Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for a lecture and panel discussion titled, Religion & Faith in the Time of Trump.
This compelling and timely program will explore how civil liberties advocates and the broader faith community are aligning their values in opposition to a Trump Administration that seeks to demonize immigrants and refugees, and calls for massive deportations and bans based on religion. Mr. Romero will be joined by a distinguished cross-section of the Union community, including:
Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary
Dr. Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union & Professor of Religion, Columbia University
Dr. Jerusha T. Lamptey, Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry & Islam, Social Justice & Interreligious Engagement Program Advisor, Union
Wesley Morris, Community Organizer and Master of Divinity Candidate, Union
In December 2015, when then Republican Presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump stated that the United States should close its borders to all Muslims—Protestant clergy, prominent evangelicals, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—all lambasted him. Thirteen months later, Mr. Trump is President, and his immoral calls to ban Muslims may indeed become law. The terrible fallout from the recent Executive Order banning travelers, immigrants, and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries has been heartbreaking and chaotic—and immediately felt by refugees of all religious backgrounds.
Under the leadership of Mr.