Executive Director

Employment Type:  Staff Position For nearly 70 years, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (Americans United) has been the only national organization solely dedicated to maintaining the wall of separation between religion and the government ... Read »

Americans United: Trump Executive Order Harms Religious Freedom And Undermines Protections For Houses Of Worship And Women

Religious Freedom Advocacy Group Says Trump’s Use Of National Day Of Prayer Shows His Zeal For Showmanship Over Sincerity

Religious Freedom Advocacy Group Says Trump’s Use Of National Day Of Prayer Shows His Zeal For Showmanship Over Sincerity President Donald Trump’s latest executive order is a direct attack on religious freedom, says Americans United for Separation of Chur ... Read »

Calif. VA Chaplain Loses Discrimination Claim

A federal appeals court has rejected discrimination claims from a conservative Christian chaplain who stated her former employer, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), fired her because of her beliefs a decade ago. Carmen Blair, who was hired as a part ... Read »

N.C. Approves Changes To Controversial ‘Bathroom Bill’

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has signed what’s being considered a compromise bill to roll back the anti-transgender HB2 “bathroom bill” that sparked controversy nationwide. The new bill passed the state Senate 32-16 and the House 70-48, and was sign ... Read »

Fla. Lawmakers Introduce School Prayer Bill

A Florida bill that claims to protect public-school students’ right to religious expression violates the separation of church and state by opening the door to certain coercive religious activities that are prohibited, Americans United says.  The Florida S ... Read »

AU Opposes Anti-Sharia Bills In States

More than a dozen “anti-Sharia” bills have been introduced in the states this year. The bills broadly claim that their intent is to prevent “foreign laws” from being enforced in the United States, but critics, including Americans United, say the bills pro ... Read »

Discriminatory Adoption Laws Appear In S.D. And Texas

State legislators in South Dakota and Texas introduced bills that would allow broad discrimination against potential adoptive parents and children under the guise of religious freedom. Texas’ HB 3859 would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare service provi ... Read »

Groups Tell Congress To Oppose Church Politicking

Americans United joined a coalition of 4,500 national, state and local groups that on April 5 sent a letter to congressional leaders advising them to leave intact a federal law that bars tax-exempt, non-profit groups, including houses of worship, from int ... Read »

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