Americans United is proud to be an official partner of the March for Science this Saturday in Washington, D.C., and around the country. We encourage our members, supporters and activists to take part, either in Washington, D.C., or through one of the sister marches around the country. You can download and print an AU sign in support of sound science here.
AU fully supports the use of sound science in public schools and in public policy. We believe that the constitutional principle of church-state separation gives public servants and public school teachers the freedom to believe – or not believe – as they see fit while ensuring that public policy decisions and public school curricula are supported by scientific evidence.
We believe that public health policy should reflect what medical experts and research tell us and that no one should be denied access to health care because of someone else’s beliefs. That’s why, through our Protect Thy Neighbor campaign, we’re fighting the Trump administration’s proposals that would allow employers and universities to cite religion as an excuse to deny women access to insurance that covers no-cost birth control and would allow medical professionals to refuse to provide any care at all.
We believe that public schools should educate students on issues such as evolution, climate change and sex education in a way that does not reference religious teachings. That’s why we continue to fight against attacks on sound science in the public education system. We track and oppose anti-science legislation, such as the bills that were proposed and died in the Florida legislature this year. And we challenge public schools that try to teach creationism as scientific fact, which is one of the many religious freedom violations we cited in our lawsuit against Bossier Parish Schools in Louisiana.
President Donald Trump’s administration also could threaten the sound science taught to school children. Trump and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, continue to push for federal funding for private school voucher schemes, which would divert public funds to private religious schools that don’t prioritize sound science education.
Strong public policy and public schools require that we unite around shared values and agreed facts, including scientific facts. Join us in standing up to the many threats to sound science by participating in the March for Science!