Church-State Separation & the Courts

Americans United’s Legal Department protects church-state separation by going to court on behalf of people whose religious-freedom rights have been violated; by contacting school districts, municipalities, and state and federal agencies to resolve constitutional violations without litigation; and by contributing our expertise through friend-of-the-court briefs in cases nationwide.

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We’ve Been Securing Religious Freedom in the Courts for Decades

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  • 2019
    Challenges to Trump Administration “Denial of Care” Rule: We blocked a Trump Administration regulation that would allow healthcare providers and employees to use their religious or moral beliefs as a basis to refuse to assist patients.
  • 2015
    LaRue v. Douglas County School District: We ended a Colorado school district’s use of private-school vouchers to fund religious schools.
  • 2005
    Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District: We stopped a public school district’s effort to teach intelligent-design creationism in science class.
  • 2002
    Glassroth v. Moore: We blocked Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s attempt to display a religious monument in the state judicial building.

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