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AU Executive Director Barry Lynn: Ask Me Anything!

Tomorrow at 1 p.m., Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn will participate in an “Ask Me Anything” session on the social news site Reddit. This is your chance to pick Barry’s brain about the state of religious freedom and church-state separation in America. Barry will be retiring at the end of the year after 25 years with Americans United – so this is a great opportunity to ask him about the battles he’s fought and those he sees on AU’s horizon.

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

President Donald Trump’s latest executive order is a direct attack on religious freedom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“Exploiting the National Day of Prayer to trample religious freedom highlights Trump’s zeal to substitute showmanship for sincerity,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn. “Today, the president pandered to his far-right fundamentalist base, upending protections for houses of worship and allowing religion to be used as an excuse to deny women coverage for contraception and other preventive health care.”

Trump’s High Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch: Another Scalia On Church-State Issues

President Donald Trump this evening nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump had promised to fill the open slot on the high court with someone who holds “similar views and principles” to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Unfortunately, it appears that Trump has acted to fulfill that promise. Like Scalia, Gorsuch has exhibited hostility to church-state separation, which is the foundation of religious freedom. That is why Americans United opposes this nomination.

Supreme Court Non-Decision Could Leave Many Women Without Secure Access To Birth Control, Says Americans United

Justices Delay Dealing With Crucial Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court today took a pass on dealing with the important question of access to birth control, an action that could leave tens of thousands of women in limbo, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a brief order issued this morning, the high court vacated several cases before it dealing with employee access to birth control and sent them back to lower courts for more proceedings.

Wash. Emergency Birth Control Regs Upheld By Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Washington state regulations that require pharmacies to fill prescriptions that their owners may find objectionable, a decision applauded by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The July 23 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals protects Americans’ access to necessary medications and health care, AU said.

Federal Court Correct To Reject Bogus ‘Religious Freedom’ Claims In Wash. Birth Control Case, Says Americans United

Pharmacies Should Fill Prescriptions Regardless Of Owners’ Religious Views, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted correctly today by upholding Washington state regulations that require pharmacies to fill prescriptions that their owners may find objectionable, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the most recent version of the case, arguing that the regulations do not violate the religious freedom rights of pharmacy owners.

Appeals Court Should Protect Student And Staff Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Is Only National Group Representing Women In Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent a legal case over access to birth control at the University of Notre Dame back to a lower court for further review.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has intervened in the case on behalf of three Notre Dame students, says the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will receive the case again, should stick to its original ruling and make it clear that religious institutions have no right to interfere in the private moral choices of students and staff.

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