Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the Do No Harm Act in the U.S. Senate today. The bill honors two core American values: religious freedom and equal protection of the law. And it couldn’t be more important right now.
Americans United and allies explained to a federal appeals court why the U.S. House of Representatives must allow nontheistic guest chaplains to offer secular invocations. Nontheists are as capable as theists of solemnizing events by calling upon values that our nation holds dear – values like unity, tolerance and equality that are, in fact, undermined by the House chaplain’s policy.
A recent Washington Post op-ed reiterated an important issue in America today: Regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Muslim ban case, the United States still has a long way to go in combating Islamophobia.
Despite overwhelming opposition, some members of Congress are trying to sneak a federally funded voucher program into a must-pass defense spending bill. Two amendments were proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would divert critical federal funding from public schools that serve military families and funnel it to unaccountable private and religious schools.
A federal appeals court heard oral argument about whether a large cross on public property in Florida violates religious freedom. Americans United and allies had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, urging the court to affirm that governmental display of the cross is unconstitutional.
Oregon’s Department of Education is investigating disturbing reports of potential violations of religious freedom and LGBTQ rights at a public high school, including that staff may have been using their personal religious beliefs to determine how they treat LGBTQ students.
'Church & State' has continued to be the only monthly journal providing regular news and analysis of developments in the world of church-state separation – and its stands unabashedly in favor of the wall of separation between church and state.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed two bills that undermine religious freedom: SB 1140, which allows state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to use religion to justify denying children homes and discriminating against prospective parents, and HB 2177, which authorizes every government building and public school to display the Ten Commandments.