In an effort to court both African Americans and religious voters, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump held a meeting yesterday with a group of black ministers. That much is clear. What is not clear is just how many attendees actually supported the bombastic political novice and if attendance was anywhere near as high as Trump claimed. Read more
The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In the wake of Friday’s horrific shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, we’re hearing calls to deescalate the rhetoric around the issue of abortion.
The implication is that both sides are reaching for rhetorical excess. The problem with this claim is that it’s demonstrably untrue. Read more
Imagine heading out one morning to attend services at your house of worship or a meeting of a local humanist or freethought group.
Imagine arriving at the facility only to find a band of people – many of them wearing masks and all of them carrying assault rifles, pistols and other weapons – marching in front of the building. Read more
Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July of 2013 after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!
When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace? Read more
Two daycare workers claim they were fired for refusing to acknowledge a transgender child’s gender identity. Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt of Katy, Texas, say they lost their jobs at Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center after using female pronouns to refer to a six-year-old trans boy.
Last week, a community meeting was held in Spotsylvania County, Va., to discuss plans by a group of Muslims who want to relocate and expand an Islamic center where they have been worshipping for 15 years.
If you’re like me, you’ve been sitting around anxiously awaiting the release of the American Family Association’s “Naughty or Nice” list of retailers for the 2015 holiday season.
Just kidding. I haven’t been awaiting the release of this list – and I suspect you haven’t either – but the AFA sent it to me earlier this week, so let’s take a look at it, shall we? Read more
A Kentucky county courthouse may become the scene of a new First Amendment battle.
The Breathitt County Courthouse has displayed a charcoal sketch of Jesus since 1981, and Judge-Executive John Lester Smith says it’s not coming down – despite a recent letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).