The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the tax code that prohibits all non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. This provision has been protecting the integrity of our tax-exempt charities, houses of worship and our elections for more than 60 years.
The confirmation hearing for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, got under way yesterday, with some senators mentioning religious freedom during their opening remarks.
Gorsuch will start taking questions today, and the issue is likely to resurface again. It will be interesting to hear what Gorsuch has to say. In AU’s view, some of his opinions on religious freedom are troubling, and that’s why we’re opposed to his nomination.
Last week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gave a speech to a group of Catholic lawyers that didn’t get as much attention as it should have.
You probably haven’t read much lately about Neil Gorsuch, the federal appeals court judge President Donald J. Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court – but that’s about to change.
Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee starts on Monday. The first day will be taken up by statements from committee members and Gorsuch himself. On Tuesday, Gorsuch will start answering questions.
This week, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn announced that he will retire at the end of 2017.
AU Communications Director Rob Boston, who has been with AU throughout Barry’s remarkable 25 years serving AU, reflected on Barry’s many accomplishments.
With the clock counting down the hours until President Donald J. Trump’s second attempt at a Muslim ban was to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, two federal judges issued separate rulings that put the ban on hold nationwide.
First, in Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against provisions in Trump’s executive order that would have blocked immigration from six Muslim-majority countries for three months and would have barred all refugees for four months.
By law, the president must present a budget to Congress every year. In a president’s inaugural year, that budget contains less detail than in other years, and it’s often referred to as a “skinny budget.”
In September of 1992, a man named Barry W. Lynn was named executive director of Americans United.
At the time, I’d been working at AU for five years, and I knew Barry by name and reputation. If you worked in the fields of civil liberties or social justice, you’d know Barry; that’s just the way it was. He was an important player in those areas.
When I was in high school, I worked at a hamburger and ice cream place called Braum’s. I remember one really busy night – I was working the grill with about 30 hamburgers on it while dressing the cooked burgers and even getting drinks.
I was slammed. It was a Wednesday evening, what we called “church night” since members of church groups came in for something to eat when they were done with their services.