PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Muslim Ban Deplored by Franciscan Action Network

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2017
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
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Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Muslim Ban Deplored by Franciscan Action Network

Washington, D.C. - The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is extremely disappointed in the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the latest iteration of the President’s Muslim and refugee ban. “Our faith and our understanding of this country’s proclaimed values compel us to strongly denounce the Supreme Court’s decision to support President Trump’s ban against refugees from predominantly Muslim countries,” states Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF, FAN’s Associate Director. “This ban is not really about national security, but about closing the door to people because of their religion. It is appalling that the highest court in the country has decided to uphold this ban.”

FAN has worked closely with Muslim organizations and collaborated with Unity Productions foundation (UPF) in its recent production of the docudrama, The Sultan and the Saint, the story of the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi with the Sultan of Egypt during the 5th Crusade. The film has received 19 awards and is being aired on PBS on December 26th. The heart of the film is a message of peace and understanding across two different faith traditions. These values should also be central to who we are as a people in the United States of America. FAN will continue to urge our elected leaders and our courts to act to assure that our country welcomes people of all religious traditions without discrimination.


Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: