Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded over 60 years ago to stand as a voice on behalf of religious freedom. Our first staff, first board of directors, and first members understood that the philosophical differences between church-state separationists and the Religious Right had serious implications for the American public and our Constitution.
The propaganda campaign on behalf of school vouchers in the District of Columbia is deplorable but relentless.
Yesterday, 70 or so parents, children and paid lobbyists rallied on behalf of the federally funded "D. C. Opportunity Scholarship" program in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
A situation in Des Moines, Iowa, this week has painted a perfect picture of what could happen if Religious Right forces succeed in their push for overly broad "religious accommodation" laws for the workplace.
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) currently displays ads on all of its buses. Most recently, the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have purchased space on many DART buses for this message: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone."
Texas is headed for more shootouts over church-state separation, pardner!
In 2007, the legislature passed a law encouraging public school districts to offer elective courses on the Old and New Testaments and "their impact on the history and literature of Western civilization."
Is America on the verge of a holy war?
One writer seems to think so. In a provocative Esquire article, John H. Richardson detects an increasingly radical – and potentially violent – stream of religious-political activism afoot in the United States.
There is always something going on Nampa, Idaho, isn't there?
I'll be on vacation next week and am looking forward to it. We're going to Boston, one of my favorite cities and a place with something for everyone in my family.
My daughter loves the urban experience and shopping. Boston has plenty of swanky stores. My son is into science museums. Boston has a great one. I'm fond of history, which Boston has in spades. My wife likes to get away from it all and to relax on the beach, and Boston is close to the shore.
Today, the Wall of Separation welcomes a guest post from AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. The following blog was originally posted at Beliefnet.com, where the Rev. Lynn debates leading Religious Right attorney, Jay Sekulow.
Jay, I want to get back to the very serious issue of the debate over health care in a few days, but I want to interrupt that flow with a point of personal privilege.
Generally, when people ask me about my college experience at American University, I am a pretty proud graduate.
I tell some great stories about my favorite professors. I had the opportunity to take a class on juvenile justice taught by a federal judge, a class on gang violence taught by a state prosecutor, a course on modern feminist history taught by a museum curator and a number of classes on public affairs taught by a renowned constitutional scholar (and former National Advisory Council member of Americans United).
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has announced it will hold another "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on Sept. 27.
You might recall that during this event, the Religious Right legal outfit urges pastors to openly break the law by endorsing and/or opposing candidates from the pulpit. The group sponsored the first "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on Sept. 28, 2008.