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Americans should have the right to believe (or not believe) in God as the individual's right of conscience dictates. The government cannot compel anyone to attend, or refrain from attending, a religious service. In most cases, religious groups must abide by the secular law, although limited exemptions may be carved out in some cases. As advocates for religious freedom, we stand for the right of everyone to believe or not believe, but no one's religion should be an excuse to do harm to others.

PROTECT THY NEIGHBOR is Americans United's campaign to prevent the use of religion to discriminate against and otherwise cause harm to individuals. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

We Told The Trump Administration That Religion Is No Excuse To Roll Back Birth Control Access

Most American women use or have used birth control, and most would likely tell you how important it is to them. There’s the obvious benefits: contraception lets women decide when and whether to start or grow their family, and protects their health by treating common medical conditions. But contraception also contributes to women’s equality by allowing them to pursue education and careers, and even increases the chance they will make more money. These are just a few of the reasons that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that women have seamless access to no-cost contraception.

We Hope The Supreme Court Rules That Businesses Should Be Open To All In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Americans United staff members were outside with allies urging the high court to say businesses should be #OpenToAll and that they should not be allowed to use religion to discriminate.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like There Won’t Be Much Of A ‘War On Christmas’ This Year

It’s the first day of December, which normally means it would be time to gin things up on the “War on Christmas,” but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having some trouble mustering much enthusiasm this year.

I’m not the only one. The Religious Right seems to be losing interest as well.

Another Poll Shows Broad Public Support For The Johnson Amendment

A new survey from the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland confirms what previous polls have shown: The majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree that we should keep the Johnson Amendment, a provision in current law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as is.

The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

We Told The Trump Administration That Religion Is No Excuse To Roll Back Birth Control Access

Most American women use or have used birth control, and most would likely tell you how important it is to them. There’s the obvious benefits: contraception lets women decide when and whether to start or grow their family, and protects their health by treating common medical conditions. But contraception also contributes to women’s equality by allowing them to pursue education and careers, and even increases the chance they will make more money. These are just a few of the reasons that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that women have seamless access to no-cost contraception.

We Hope The Supreme Court Rules That Businesses Should Be Open To All In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Americans United staff members were outside with allies urging the high court to say businesses should be #OpenToAll and that they should not be allowed to use religion to discriminate.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like There Won’t Be Much Of A ‘War On Christmas’ This Year

It’s the first day of December, which normally means it would be time to gin things up on the “War on Christmas,” but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having some trouble mustering much enthusiasm this year.

I’m not the only one. The Religious Right seems to be losing interest as well.

Another Poll Shows Broad Public Support For The Johnson Amendment

A new survey from the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland confirms what previous polls have shown: The majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree that we should keep the Johnson Amendment, a provision in current law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as is.

The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Pages

Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

We Told The Trump Administration That Religion Is No Excuse To Roll Back Birth Control Access

Most American women use or have used birth control, and most would likely tell you how important it is to them. There’s the obvious benefits: contraception lets women decide when and whether to start or grow their family, and protects their health by treating common medical conditions. But contraception also contributes to women’s equality by allowing them to pursue education and careers, and even increases the chance they will make more money. These are just a few of the reasons that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that women have seamless access to no-cost contraception.

We Hope The Supreme Court Rules That Businesses Should Be Open To All In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Americans United staff members were outside with allies urging the high court to say businesses should be #OpenToAll and that they should not be allowed to use religion to discriminate.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like There Won’t Be Much Of A ‘War On Christmas’ This Year

It’s the first day of December, which normally means it would be time to gin things up on the “War on Christmas,” but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having some trouble mustering much enthusiasm this year.

I’m not the only one. The Religious Right seems to be losing interest as well.

Another Poll Shows Broad Public Support For The Johnson Amendment

A new survey from the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland confirms what previous polls have shown: The majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree that we should keep the Johnson Amendment, a provision in current law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as is.

The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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Church & State
November 2017 Church & State

Trans Targets

Having Lost The Legal Fight Over Marriage Equality, The Religious Right Is Increasingly Attacking The Transgender Community

November 2017 Church & State

Block The Ban

Americans United Says Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 Is Still Unconstitutional – And Still Un-American

October 2017 Church & State

Singing From A Different Hymnal

Trump’s Church-State Policies Are Spurring Dissenting Religious Groups To Stand Up To The Extremism Of The Religious Right

October 2017 Church & State

West Virginia Win!

Americans United And Allies Secure Settlement For Couple Who Endured Anti-LGBTQ Harassment When They Sought To Marry

October 2017 Church & State

Let Them Eat Cake

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide If A Bakery Can Use Religion As An Excuse To Deny Services To Same-Sex Couples

September 2017 Church & State

Battling The Ban

The Legal Fight Over President Trump’s Muslim Ban Heads To The Supreme Court

September 2017 Church & State

Ending A Cycle Of Abuse

A Recent Case In Michigan Sheds Light On An Extreme Practice – And Those Who Defend It In The Name Of ‘Religious Freedom’