VIRTUAL: AU Presents: “Briefing on Louisiana Ten Commandments Lawsuit”

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Join us for a discussion on our federal lawsuit to challenge the new Louisiana law requiring public schools to display the Ten Commandments. Our experts will explain our strategy for keeping Louisiana public schools inclusive for all students and free from religious coercion. We’ll share next steps in this fight, how you can support our efforts against this law and similar bills in other states, and answer your questions live.

AU Orange County Chapter presents “The Supreme Court” with Eddie Tabash

Eddie Tabash is a long-serving member of the Board of Trustees of AU. He has predicted that a religious right wing takeover of the Supreme Court would destroy important precedents necessary for all believers and nonbelievers to be equal before the law. He will discuss the recent cases that have gravely damaged this crucial liberty that was at the very core of the founding of the United States.

We Dissent Podcast

Check out the new episodes each month of this podcast featuring three secular women attorneys, including AU VP and Legal Director Rebecca Markert. Sponsored by Americans United, American Atheists, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

VIRTUAL: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena & AU present: Christian Nationalism: American Democracy’s Looming Threat

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“Christian Nationalism: American Democracy’s Looming Threat” is a collaborative panel about the looming threat of Christian Nationalism. Featuring AU’s Rachel Laser, Rev. Traci Blackmon, constitutional lawyer Eddie Tabash, Rev. Mike Kinman, Muslim Public Affairs Council President Salam al-Marayati, Rabbi Susan Goldberg and actor Bradley Whitford as the moderator. Sponsored by the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., and Americans United.

SRF365 Webinar: State of the States: Christian Nationalism in State Legislatures

Christian Nationalists around the country are using state legislatures to wage an ongoing assault on religious freedom, church-state separation, and the many rights and freedoms that depend on them. What is being done to challenge these threats to our democracy and what can we do to stop them? Find out during our free, virtual webinar!

God & Country Webinar

Join us for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak peek of “God & Country,” which features AU experts Rob Boston and Andrew Seidel, along with many respected scholars and faith leaders. This free, virtual event will include clips of the documentary, a panel discussion with people involved in the film, and an audience Q&A.

AU Rochester Chapter present “An Inside Look at a Louisiana School-Prayer Battle with National Implications” with Linda K. Wertheimer

Author and journalist Linda K. Wertheimer will talk about her months-long investigation of coercive religious practices in the public schools of Bossier Parish, LA – the home base of new House Speaker Mike Johnson. She’ll share details about what she uncovered, including the effect of the school district’s actions on both religious minorities and atheists.

AU Atlantic Coast Chapter presents “School Vouchers in Florida”

Florida Policy Institute’s Senior Policy Analyst and KIDS COUNT Director Dr. Norin Dollard will be the featured guest speaker at the Atlantic Coast Chapter of Americans United’s general meeting on December 18, 2023. She will discuss the main problems and issues with Florida’s educational school voucher program.

The Summit for Religious Freedom

The Summit for Religious Freedom (SRF) is the hub for our collective fight for religious freedom, church-state separation, and the issues that depend on them like LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, protecting public schools, strengthening our democracy and more.

SRF365 Webinar: The Christian Nationalist Assault on Public Education

Christian Nationalists, who seek to impose a narrow set of beliefs on the entire country, are a grave threat to our democracy. To accomplish their goals, they are trying to dismantle church-state separation and the public education system. Join us on Nov. 15 for a free webinar on how Christian Nationalists are attacking public education and what we can do to stop them.

Discussing “The State of Separation” Church-State issues

AU’s Rob Boston will discuss how the Trump years profoundly altered the course of church-state separation in America and highlight a number of current threats. Boston will also discuss the shifting religious landscape in America and the possibility of rebuilding the church-state wall.

AU St. Louis Chapter: 75th Anniversary featuring Rachel Laser

Join us in celebrating the 75th anniversary of our St. Louis Chapter on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6-8 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. President & CEO Rachel Laser will be in attendance to celebrate the members and supporters who work tirelessly to preserve church-state separation and defend religious freedom every day.

AU Greater Naples Chapter presents “Christian Nationalism 101: What is it? Why does it matter?”

The Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida and the Greater Naples Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State invites you to join them for a discussion with Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Rabbi Adam Miller, Rev. Dr. Barrion Staples, Cori Craciun and Kathy Curatolo on how to recognize Christian Nationalism and about how best to respond when you see examples. Registration is required but the event is free.

AU Nashville Chapter presents Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs on “Christian Nationalism and Evangelicalism”

Join us for a discussion with the Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs, the senior pastor of Franklin Community Church for more than thirty years. He will speak about his experience as an evangelical who has tried to stand against Christian Nationalism. Pastor Kevin believes one of the primary tasks of a pastor is to be the “conscious of the community.” He is also the founder and executive director of Franklin Community Development and Williamson County Homeless Alliance.

AU Orange County Chapter presents Hans Johnson on “Confronting Vitriol at School Boards”

Hans Johnson is a 30-year member of Americans United and a long-time friend of the Orange County chapter. In that time, he has tangled with and earned victories against Ralph Reed, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and Rush Limbaugh, Betsy DeVos, and Ginni Thomas. A leader in LGBTQ+ advocacy for three decades, Hans has trained nearly 500 frontline organizers and worked in nearly all the U.S. states and D.C. He will be discussing, “Confronting Vitriol at School Boards.”

AU Maryland Chapter: Howard County Pride Festival

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a few volunteers to talk to people and help distribute promotional materials at the Howard County Pride Festival in Columbia, MD.

AU Maryland Chapter: Upper Chesapeake Pride Festival

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a few volunteers to talk to people and help distribute promotional materials at the Upper Chesapeake Pride Festival in Havre De Grace, MD.

AU Orange County Chapter presents Dr. Nancy Watkins on “The Purpose of Public Education”

Nancy Watkins has been an educator for over 30 years as a California public high school teacher and as a site and district administrator. She is the Director of the Educational Doctoral Program and faculty at Cal State Fullerton, and a published author on educational research and commentary and a Fulbright Scholar who studied transitional democracies. She will be speaking on “The Purpose of Public Education.

AU Central Savannah River Chapter: Georgia Pagan Fest

The Central Savannah River Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State has an outreach table reserved for Pagan Fest, in Augusta, Georgia, September 23. The chapter needs staffers there from 10 am – 5 pm.

AU Maryland Chapter Virtual Meeting

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United is an all volunteer led group of dedicated individuals working to protect the country’s founding principle of church-state separation. We meet monthly to discuss the latest news and to plan events. New volunteers are welcome!

SRF365 Webinar: Finding A Place For Us Amid Rising Christian Nationalism

You’re invited to an exciting virtual book talk with LGBTQ civil rights and gun safety advocate and author Brandon J. Wolf and AU’s VP of Strategic Communications, Andrew L. Seidel. Together, they will discuss fighting for civil rights in an era of crumbling church-state separation and what we can do to stop the unconstitutional weaponization of religious freedom.

Oklahoma Charter School Lawsuit Webinar

Americans United just filed a lawsuit with our allies to stop Oklahoma officials from creating the nation’s first religious public charter school. Our experts will discuss the lawsuit that AU, ACLU, FFRF and the ELC filed on behalf of a group of dedicated Oklahoma faith leaders, parents and public-education advocates who don’t want their tax dollars funding a public school where a student can face discrimination, religious indoctrination or the threat of being expelled for failing to conform to religious doctrines.

March on Washington 60th Anniversary

Join us at the March on Washington on Saturday, August 26 in Washington DC! Together we will stand against the forces of hate and to uphold our collective values of freedom, equality, and justice. Meet us at 10:30 a.m. ET at Constitution Hall (1776 D St NW, Washington, DC, 20006) then we’ll head over to join the March. RSVP for more details.

AU Maryland Chapter Virtual Meeting

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United is an all volunteer led group of dedicated individuals working to protect the country’s founding principle of church-state separation. We meet monthly to discuss the latest news and to plan events. New volunteers are welcome!

AU Orange County Chapter presents Katherine Stewart on “Religious Nationalism, the New Right, and the Threat to Democracy”

Join us for a discussion with investigative reporter and author Katherine Stewart, who has covered religious liberty, politics, policy, and controversies over the separation of church and state for over a decade. She will discuss her latest book, “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism,” and give a rare look inside the machinery of the movement that brought Donald Trump to power.

AU Orange County Chapter presents June Everett on “Educatin’ With Satan”

June Everett will be joining us to discuss the After School Satan Club. Her presentation will explain why After School Satan Clubs exist, a brief history of ASSC, current and future plans, and her experience bringing the club to 8 school districts nationwide, and 2 clubs that are currently pending litigation. The discussion will also include general information on The Satanic Temple National Organization, and discussion regarding the 2001 SCOTUS Ruling with the Good News Club v Milford County School District and accessing the government’s limited public forum.

Join Rachel Laser for a Virtual screening of the Under G-D documentary

On Wednesday, June 21, join AU President and CEO Rachel Laser at 7 p.m. ET for a virtual screening of the new documentary UNDER G-D, a short film about the fight for both reproductive and religious freedom. Rachel, who appears in the documentary, will join award-winning director Paula Eiselt and others for a post-screening discussion.

Atlanta Freethought Society presents Rob Boston

“The Status of Separation: Where We Are and How We’ll Move Forward,” featuring AU Senior Adviser and Church & State Editor Rob Boston on how we can rebuild the wall between church and state. Sponsored by the Atlanta Freethought Society.

Rochester Chapter presents Andrew L. Seidel

The Rochester chapter of Americans United invites you to attend our virtual event featuring AU Vice President of Strategic Communications Andrew L. Seidel. He will be speaking on his latest book, “American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom.”

Orange County Chapter presents Barry Lynn, former executive director of AU

Join Barry Lynn, AU’s executive director from 1992 until his retirement in 2017, for a discussion on his newly released 3-volume memoir, “Paid to Piss People Off,” and his life as a fighter for the First Amendment. Barry is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a prominent attorney.

AU Maryland Chapter Virtual Meeting

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United is an all volunteer led group of dedicated individuals working to protect the country’s founding principle of church-state separation. We meet monthly to discuss the latest news and to plan events. New volunteers are welcome!

AU and Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues presents: “The Importance of the Separation of Church and State for Feminists”

Feminists are keenly aware that religious extremists and their politician allies are trying to force everyone else to live by their beliefs and to use religion as a license to harm others. This threatens our freedom to live as ourselves, which widens inequality in our communities and country. Women have long been a target and therefore understand the consequences of when the lines between religion and government are blurred. The fundamental right to be treated equally under the law depends upon the separation of church and state. Co-hosted by Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, featuring AU’s Maggie Garret, Dena Sher, and Catherine Feuille.

The First Coast Freethought Society presents Rob Boston, AU’s Church & State Editor

Is the United States a “Christian nation?” Some Americans think so, thanks to Christian Nationalist activists and right-wing television preachers who often claim the U.S. was founded to be a Christian nation. Even some politicians agree. Join AU Senior Adviser & Church & State Editor Rob Boston for a talk about debunking the “Christian nation” myth.

AU San Antonio Chapter presents Rob Boston, AU’s Church & State Editor

Rob Boston, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, will be speaking in San Antonio about church-state history in America. Not only will he provide a look at how the U.S. Supreme Court has been undermining that principle, but he will also offer strategies for moving forward in this challenging climate.

SRF365 Webinar: What’s at Stake for Our Issues at the Supreme Court?

This term, the Supreme Court considered blockbuster First Amendment cases, including Yeshiva University v. YU Pride Alliance, Groff v. DeJoy, and 303 Creative v. Elenis. These cases, and others, have dramatic implications for the rights of workers, customers, and students. Join us to hear from legal advocates and experts in the field as they discuss what the Court has said, how it might rule, and what these cases could mean for the country and the law.

Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United is an all volunteer led group of dedicated individuals working to protect the country’s founding principle of church-state separation. We meet monthly to discuss the latest news and to plan events.

Nashville Chapter presents “The Christian Nationalist Assault on Public Education in Tennessee”

Please join our panel to find out what is happening in Public Education in Tennessee, and what we can do about it. Featured panelists include author and investigative journalist Kathryn Joyce and Marisa Richmond, Adjunct Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Other panelists include members of the Nashville Chapter of Americans United for separation of Church and State. The discussion will be introduced by AU’s Rob Boston, Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State magazine.

Volunteer with the Central Savannah River Chapter in Harlem, GA

The Central Savannah River Chapter is considering tabling at the Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem, Georgia. If you are willing to table, please sign up for any slots you can fill as soon as possible so that the chapter can decide whether or not to ask for a table.

Orange County Chapter presents Eddie Tabash

Eddie Tabash is a long serving member of the Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and was chair of its legal committee for 25 years. He is a constitutional lawyer in Los Angeles and also chairs the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry. He will discuss the recent cases that have gravely damaged this crucial liberty that was at the very core of the founding of the United States.

Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United is an all volunteer led group of dedicated individuals working to protect the country’s founding principle of church-state separation. We meet monthly (usually the first Tuesday of the month) to discuss the latest news and to plan events. New volunteers are welcome! Please join us!

SCOTUS: Where Will the Wall of Separation of Church and State Be?

Join AU’s Rob Boston for a brief overview of church-state history in America, how the Supreme Court is applying the concept today and thoughts on what sort of church-state relationship is best for an America that is undergoing significant changes when it comes to how people experience spirituality.

Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

The Maryland Chapter of Americans United is an all volunteer led group of dedicated individuals working to protect the country’s founding principle of church-state separation. We meet monthly to discuss the latest news and to plan events. New volunteers are welcome! Please join us!

Post-Decision Day Briefing: Carson v. Makin (SCOTUS)

Join us as we discuss the outcome of the case and what it means for church-state separation going forward.

Featuring AU’s Maggie Garrett, Vice President for Public Policy, and Alex Bodaken, Steven Gey Constitutional Litigation Fellow.

Volunteer with the Maryland Chapter at Annapolis Pride

We need a few members to talk to people and distribute promo material at our booth. If you are uncomfortable talking to people, you can help by bringing food and water, or you can assist with setup (10am) or cleanup (5pm).

AU’s Rob Boston speaking at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh

Rob Boston, AU Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State magazine, is speaking on “Democracy vs. Theocracy: The Christian Nationalist Assault On Church-State Separation.”
In person at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or virtual via Zoom.
In Person: Proof of vaccination required at the door or email [email protected] to register in advance.

A presentation of the First Church Humanist Group.

Volunteer with the Maryland Chapter at Laurel Main Street Festival

We need a few volunteers to talk to people and help distribute promotional materials. If you are uncomfortable talking to people, you can help by bringing water, or you can assist with setup or cleanup. Please note in your response whether you can attend the entire event (9am-4pm, setup at 8am) or the time frame you can cover.

AU Nashville Chapter Event ft. Jim McCollum

Jim McCollum is the reason his mother, Vashti, took and won the landmark McCollum v. Board of Education lawsuit, declaring unconstitutional religious devotional classes and instruction in our public schools. He, a young schoolboy, was subjected to all manner of reprisal for deciding in the 5th grade not to sign up for a Protestant class taught by a Christian missionary. Join us to hear his story.

AU @ SCOTUS: Kennedy v. Bremerton Case Briefing

Americans United is preparing to argue Kennedy v. Bremerton School District before the U.S. Supreme Court. Join us for a discussion about the case. Learn just what’s at stake and what you can do to help us spread the truth.

SCOTUS Virtual Town Hall: Carson v. Makin

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear one of the most consequential cases of this term on Dec. 8 – Carson v. Makin. The court could force the state of Maine to use public money to fund religious education. This is a truly landmark case for protecting religious freedom, public education and the separation of church & state. The following video is a recording of a discussion of the case, analysis of how the argument went, and a discussion on next steps.

AU Nashville Chapter: Defending Religious Equality in Tennessee

The AU Nashville Chapter and AU Youth Organizing Fellows PY Liu, Indu Kumar, and Nicole Li are hosting a special virtual event featuring AU’s Associate VP & Associate Legal Director, Alex Luchenitser. He will be discussing AU’s case challenging a TN law that promotes discrimination in foster care. Gabe and Liz Rutan-Ram, the plaintiffs in this case, will be there to share their story and answer questions. Jay Slobey, President of the Nashville AU Chapter, will also speak on the activities of the chapter.

AU Orange County, CA Chapter: How Atheist Communities are Reframing Separation of Church and State

AU-OC Presents: Evan Clark, Executive Director of Atheists United speaking on “How Atheist Communities are Reframing Separation of Church and State.” As religious identification continues to shrink secular identities are at record highs. The future of American democracy could depend on how well secular communities can organize in response to growing Christian Nationalism. Evan will explore the changing trends in atheist and humanist community building and how that intersects with church/state advocacy.

Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

Please join us online to discuss current events and plan activities. We are planning to attend multiple festivals in person; we are looking for volunteers. No account is necessary to join the meeting.

AU-OC Presents: The Future of Roe v. Wade

With Sadaf Rahmani, Public Affairs Director, Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties
Please join us to hear what Planned Parenthood is doing and what are the expectations of Roe v. Wade both nationally and here in California.

Summit for Religious Freedom (SRF)

The Summit for Religious Freedom (SRF) is a collaborative conference that will unify supporters, activists, organizers, policy and legal experts, academics, political and religious leaders, and committed people of faith and of no religion to fight for religious freedom.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Virtual Town Hall

AU hosted a panel of distinguished guests, including a member of the team litigating the case. Viewers got an inside look about what happened during the oral arguments and heard from legal and local experts about what happens next. Watch the recording of the town hall here.