When it comes to religion in America, the majority is most certainly not permitted to rule. Apparently an official in a North Carolina county is unaware of this fact, as evidenced by his recent claim that non-Christians should be banned from giving prayers before local government meetings. Read more
A D.C.-based coalition of organizations that oppose legal abortion has announced it will not obey the city’s Reproductive Health Anti-Discrimination Act (RHNDA). In a letter released yesterday, the groups called RHNDA “unprecedented and illegal” and said they “will continue to resist” the law. Read more
Greater Houston AU celebrated the chapter's 20th anniversary by recognizing past leaders and preparing chapter members and supporters for the future. The event featured AU Executive Director Rev. Barry W. Lynn, who spoke on “Separation Anxiety: The First Amendment at Risk.” Barry also previewed his upcoming book "God and Government: 25 Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience."
Rob Boston, Communications Director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, addressed the latest assault on public schools at a March 28 event hosted by Sarasota-Manatee AU. His presentation was titled: "Privatization Schemes: The Latest Assault on Public Schools." Read more
The Massachusetts AU Annual Meeting featured author and AU Communications Director Rob Boston who spoke on the topic "Religious Freedom: What It Is and What It Is Not." Rob examined ongoing controversies over the meaning of religious freedom and how Religious Right-led attempts to redefine religious liberty would affect LGBT rights, reproductive rights, access to health care, religion in public education and the equal treatment of all Americans, religious and non-religious. Read more
Delaware Valley Americans United hosted a talk by Ethan Andersen from Compassion & Choices. Andersen talked about legislation pending in New Jersey on death with dignity and the involvement of the Religious Right in the aid-in-dying movement. He also shared common responses to religious arguments against passing death with dignity laws.