Brett Kavanaugh seems to be oblivious to the important role secular public education – a system that welcomes all youngsters regardless of what they believe or don’t believe about religion – plays in our society.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Kennedy has been a swing voter on many church-state issues, and his departure from the court could dramatically shift the balance. Here's what’s at stake in this important battle.
Yesterday’s New York Times featured a disturbing op-ed about President Donald J. Trump administration’s efforts to erode the church-state wall. Penned by Susan Jacoby, an author who often writes about religion and secularism, the article highlights some of the latest efforts from the Trump administration to merge religion (in this case, fundamentalist Christianity) with government.
All Americans should be equal in the eyes of the government, yet the Christian nation concept sends the message that there is a “true” religion – Christianity – and all other beliefs are merely tolerated, at best. Adherents of these “lesser” belief systems are told that they are second-class citizens, that they are little more than guests in their own nation.
Sunday marked an overlooked anniversary in church-state separation history: It was 15 years ago that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional then Alabama Judge Roy Moore’s display of the Ten Commandments at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery.
AU's interns reflect on an action-filled week for church-state separation advocates, which included rallies at the U.S. Supreme Court to protest decisions in the Muslim ban and a reproductive rights case, responding to the retirement announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and filing a new federal lawsuit against the Trump administration and the University of Notre Dame.