Homegrown Hate

On The Fringes Of The Far Right Sit Groups That Use Faith To Justify Violent Extremism

Brussels. Istanbul. Ankara. Paris. San Bernardino. Beirut. These cities are famous for their history and their culture. More recently, they’re also known for the suffering they’ve experienced at the hands of radicalized Muslims. Terrorism by Islamic extre ... Read »

Innocence Abused

How A Reckless Combination Of Church And State Harmed Pennsylvania's Children

Monsignor Francis B. McCaa, a Roman Catholic priest assigned to parishes in western Pennsylvania between 1948 and 1985, has been described as “a monster.” According to a grand jury report recently released by the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Ka ... Read »

The Curious Case Of Kiryas Joel

A Q&A With Louis Grumet

Editor’s Note: Louis Grumet is former executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. In 1994, Grumet served as plaintiff in an important church-state case called Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet that ... Read »

Americans United In Action!

Staff Members and Activists Support Church-State Separation Nationwide

Members of the Americans United staff were out in full force at the U.S. Supreme Court March 23. The justices heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a case concerning access to birth control. (You can read more about the argument in the legal challenge ... Read »

Tenn. Considers A Bad Idea For The Good Book

Tennessee has an official state bird (mockingbird), a state reptile (Eastern box turtle) and a state rifle (Barrett M82/M107). Now some people in government are pressing for Tennessee to have an official state book as well – the Bible. This is not a good ... Read »

Campus Crusade For Bias?

How Religious Demands For Exemptions Harm Higher Education

By Vickie Sandell Stangl    A small but growing number of Americans have been inching ever closer to the principle that even in a secular democratic society, their religious beliefs should exempt them from modern laws.  The most recent examples are laws r ... Read »

New Regulations Issued For ‘Faith-Based’ Groups

“Faith-based” groups that provide public services with taxpayer money must not discriminate against beneficiaries based on the latter’s religious beliefs, the Obama administration announced in March. The new regulations cover nine federal agencies. They c ... Read »

Ga. Governor Vetoes Discriminatory LGBT Bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) in March vetoed H.B. 757, a so-called “religious freedom” bill  that opponents said could have allowed any individual or “faith-based” business, non-profit entity or taxpayer-funded organization to ignore any law that conflict ... Read »

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