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Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn Announces Retirement After 25 Years At Helm Of Church-State Separation Group

AU Board Of Trustees Spearheading Search For Organization’s Next Leader

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn today announced that he will retire at the end of 2017.

Lynn, who will turn 69 later this year, has served as Americans United’s executive director for 25 years. He was appointed by the organization’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 22, 1992.

“The last 25 years have been amazing,” Lynn said. “I’ve been honored to lead Americans United during what has been a challenging period, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to step down and for Americans United to enter its next phase of growth under new leadership.”

Thanks To Trump, A Major Transgender Rights Case Has Been Derailed At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this morning announced that it is remanding and vacating the lower-court decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., the first transgender-rights case that the high court had ever agreed to hear.

So what does this mean, in laypeople’s terms? The Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for March 28. Now those arguments won’t happen this month. Instead, the case is going back to a lower federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for more deliberation.

Americans United And National LGBT Bar Association Ask Supreme Court To Afford Transgender Student Equal Restroom Access

Organizations Work With Law Firm Hogan Lovells To File Court Brief Asserting Religious Beliefs Can’t Be Used To Justify Government Discrimination Against High School Student Gavin Grimm

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the National LGBT Bar Association today asked the Supreme Court to affirm that a transgender student can use the school restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.

Scripture Stories: Religious Right Claims About The ‘Aitken Bible’ Don’t Hold Up

Tomorrow several conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives plan to hold a public reading of the Aitken Bible on the East Front Lawn of the Capitol. Among the participants will be U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who once famously quizzed AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn about hell during a congressional hearing.

God And Government: A New Book That Trumps The Religious Right

Seeking to escape 24/7 news coverage of Donald Trump, my wife and I recently fled to a local cinema to watch an indie film called “The End of the Tour.”

It’s about the five days that Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky spent with famous novelist David Foster Wallace at the end of the author’s Midwestern tour for his best-selling novel Infinite Jest. At one bookstore, Wallace asked the proprietor, “Could we just not do Q & A?” When Lipsky looked baffled, Wallace added, “The first question is always the same: Where do you get your ideas?”

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