A Muslim woman had a clever response to Trump's latest controversial tweet.
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On July 26, 2017, President Trump tweeted this:

The tweet linked to a video on Instagram taken at the president's recent rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he relayed the same message to supporters.

Except ... the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to practice whatever religion they choose to practice and worship whichever God they choose — and that includes no religion or no God at all.


The separation of church and state, our Founding Fathers decided, is as American as apple pie.

The irony of Trump's tweet wasn't lost on Hend Amry, who also spotted a loophole in his statement.

Trump never specified which God. So Amry, a popular Muslim Arab American voice on Twitter, tweeted in response to the president:

The sentiment behind the phrase "Allahu Akbar" — roughly translated to "Allah [or God] is the greatest" in English — seemed to be a hit with other users, as the tweet quickly amassed over 20,000 Likes.

"THIS TWEET KNOWS NO IMPERFECTIONS," one user chimed in.

"ALLAHU AKBAR! I'm a Unitarian Universalist and atheist," another wrote, "but solidarity is important in these troubled times."

Amry's response, while tongue-in-cheek, perfectly nailed a vital contradiction in Trump's policy-making and worldview.

On one hand, Trump is a boisterous proponent of religion — so long as it's a specific kind of religion.

If you're Muslim, you or a family member may fall victim to Trump's bigoted, ill-informed immigration policies. If you're Jewish, you may not have too many allies in his White House — an administration that's "tacitly [embraced] anti-Semitism," according to some advocates.

Upon taking office, Trump swore to uphold the Constitution — and that includes respecting and protecting the First Amendment. Judging by his latest tweet, he's done a very poor job in doing so. SAD!

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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