Freedom of religion is a fundamental American value. Our laws should be a shield to protect this freedom and not a sword to harm others.
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee will vote on a bill that could cripple enforcement of the Johnson Amendment. Americans United has joined with 108 other organizations to urge the committee to strip the troubling provision.
Recently Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed into law HB 128, which allows public schools to offer a Bible class as an elective. What could possibly go wrong? Here at Americans United, we have two main concerns.
First, successfully teaching about the Bible without accidently slipping into teaching the Bible is very difficult. The state acknowledges as much, requiring the Board of Education to design regulations that govern these classes.
Americans United is supporting the students, parents, employees and community members who are asking a federal appeals court to rule unconstitutional a California school board’s practice of opening public meetings with Christian prayers and proselytizing during those meetings.
After receiving a letter from Americans United in June informing them that a big cross atop their chapel and Bibles inside it violate church-state separation, Eastern Central University (ECU) officials in Ada, Okla., decided to form a committee to review the situation.
On July 4, many newspapers across the country ran a full-page ad placed by the Hobby Lobby corporation. Headlined “God Bless America,” the ad’s purpose is to imply that Christianity once had a prominent place in American law and government but was forced out by the mean old courts.
“We can influence national policy today,” writes Americans United’s 2017 essay contest winner Lekha Sunder in her first-place essay on Gloucester County School Board v. Gavin Grimm, the court case in which Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student from Virginia, challenged his school board for segregating him from his peers by forcing him to use a single-stall restroom in the nurse’s office, rather than the men’s restroom that aligns with his gender.
Note: Today’s blog post originally ran in 2015 to mark Independence Day. For more information about the “Christian nation” myth, see this Americans United brochure.
Today is Independence Day, and many of us will be meeting up with family for cook-outs, picnics, reunions and other events.