Later today, the House Rules Committee will take up a bill that contains language to weaken the Johnson Amendment by making it nearly impossible to enforce. During debate today, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and John Lewis will offer amendments to strip the problematic Johnson Amendment language from the bill.
What a month June was! From marching in Washington, D.C.’s pride parade, to deciphering the Supreme Court’s odd decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop to speaking out against the Court’s abhorrent ruling in the Muslim ban case, the entire Americans United staff has been incredibly hard at work.
Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Americans United opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination because his record as an attorney and federal judge indicates that he won’t uphold church-state separation. Not surprisingly, leaders of the Religious Right feel differently. They’re fired up over the prospect of Justice Kavanaugh.
Brett Kavanaugh seems to be oblivious to the important role secular public education – a system that welcomes all youngsters regardless of what they believe or don’t believe about religion – plays in our society.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Kennedy has been a swing voter on many church-state issues, and his departure from the court could dramatically shift the balance. Here's what’s at stake in this important battle.
Yesterday’s New York Times featured a disturbing op-ed about President Donald J. Trump administration’s efforts to erode the church-state wall. Penned by Susan Jacoby, an author who often writes about religion and secularism, the article highlights some of the latest efforts from the Trump administration to merge religion (in this case, fundamentalist Christianity) with government.