Religious Right sycophants either overlook his gross antics or find some way to excuse them. No matter what Trump does – whether it’s boasting about sexually assaulting women, selling our nation out to the Russians, cozying up to dictators or lying repeatedly – the Religious Right simply does not care because he delivers for them politically.
Church-state separation is rooted in the notion that religious beliefs are stronger when the government lets go and people come to them on their own. It is based on the idea that forcing one religion on everyone leads to fighting, even bloodshed.
A secular state allows its people to explore religious questions as guided by individual conscience but does not take sides itself. In an ideal secular state, your decision to worship one, five, twenty or no gods is irrelevant to your standing as a citizen.
As we celebrate our American freedoms this Independence Day, it’s a pleasure to report on some public officials who are taking religious freedom, equality and fairness seriously. I’m looking at Austin, Texas, where city council meetings are about to get even more inclusive, thanks to changes to the council’s invocation policy.
Pride Month continued to be anything but for some public officials who would use their religious views to undermine LGBTQ rights. That’s why Americans United’s work to ensure religious freedom remains a shield that protects people and is not used as a sword to harm others is more important than ever.
Americans United would not have opposed Ken Ham building his Noah's Ark-themed park with privately raised funds. But, as a new documentary makes clear, his biblical theme park got generous subsidies from taxpayers.