UUA Statements on President Trump's Executive Actions
Since taking office, President Trump has signed a number of executive orders and memoranda that run counter to the values of Unitarian Universalism. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious voice against policies of oppression and bigotry. Read what the UUA has said on recent policy shifts:
Unitarian Universalist Association's response to the Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States (the second version of what is commonly referred to as the "Muslim Ban"):
“The newest executive order from the Trump administration restricting travel to the United States from Muslim-majority countries is as unjust and un-American as the previous one. Despite what the administration might say, this executive order is still a discriminatory attack on a single religious group rather than a strategic approach to national security. It will not make us safer. It will not unify us. It will only cause fear, confusion, and resentment. This executive order is the real threat to our democracy.” –Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Association's response to the Trump Administration rescinding guidance regarding transgender students and bathrooms in schools:
“I am dismayed that the Trump administration has rescinded the previous guidance issued jointly by the U.S. Education and Justice Departments to allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. It is now more important than ever that the Supreme Court rule in favor of transgender rights in the Gloucester County (VA) School Board case. The Unitarian Universalist Association has signed on to an amicus curiae brief in support of transgender rights in this case. The Unitarian Universalist community will fight for equal protection for transgender people at all levels of our society. To our transgender youth: You are loved and welcome here.” - Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Association's response to the Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States (commonly referred to as the "Muslim Ban"):
"The executive order targeting refugees and Muslims is an affront to the core values of the United States. Our country has always been a beacon of liberty, and we should not now close our doors to people fleeing violence, hate, oppression, or persecution. All of the world’s major religions affirm the moral imperative to welcome the stranger. Unitarian Universalist congregations welcome individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. I mourn with all of those whose hopes of a better future have been dashed due to the actions of President Trump." - Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Morales also joined with more than 3,500 faith leaders in support of refugee resettlement in a letter to President Trump and Congress. It reads, in part, "As people of faith, our values call us to welcome the stranger, love our neighbor, and stand with the vulnerable, regardless of their religion. We pray that in your discernment, compassion for the plight of refugees will touch your hearts. We urge you to be bold in choosing moral, just policies that provide refuge for vulnerable individuals seeking protection."
Unitarian Universalist Association's response to the Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements:
"The First Principle of Unitarian Universalism affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Conscience and compassion calls our faith communities to welcome Syrian refugees and all persons seeking sanctuary and asylum from violence and oppression. Unitarian Universalists declare our commitment to defend and protect refugees and immigrants from any policies that endanger their lives and humanity." - Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association
"In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil. As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us." - a joint statement from Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and Hon. Thomas Andrews, president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as quoted in ThinkProgress article.
Additional Media Coverage:
- The Huffington Post, Religious Leaders, Groups Are Appalled by Trump's Immigration Orders
- The Religion News Service, Refugee ban, border wall: Religious leaders respond
Unitarian Universalist Association's response to the Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy (also known as the Global Gag Rule):
"The U.S. has been a leader when it comes to promoting democracy, women’s health, and human rights around the world. U.S. foreign aid should never be used as a tool to limit women’s access to health care or to censor free speech. Organizations should not be disqualified from receiving U.S. assistance because they use their own funds to provide health services and information that are legal in their home country and legal in the U.S. Supporters of global health and development, women’s rights, gender equality, and free speech oppose the harmful global gag rule and reject efforts to undermine the health and rights of women around the world." - a coalition statement opposing the Global Gag Rule signed by the Unitarian Universalist Association.