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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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Checkered History: Tony Perkins In Black And White

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins had some laudatory things to say about Coretta Scott King's recent death.

In his Jan. 31 "Washington Update," Perkins saluted the "brave" stands taken by Martin Luther King Jr. and noted that Mrs. King "courageously supported her husband's pioneering work for civil rights in America."

Perkins went on to write, "Although we came to differ with her on the critical issue of marriage, we nonetheless pay tribute to her great achievements."

Christmas Calumny: School District Challenges Liberty Counsel's Bogus 'Christmas War'

Fox News Network has moved beyond its nightly carping about a so-called "war on Christmas," and the holiday season is fast fading into memory. But one skirmish remains from the recent Christmas conflict.

A Wisconsin public school district is boldly fighting back against a Jerry Falwell-affiliated Religious Right group that spread lies about the school's holiday policies and programs.

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

Today, Jan. 17, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. Although Franklin was never known for taking up the cause of separation of church and state as strongly as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he did produce at least one great passage that rings down through the ages. It is especially relevant in this day of "faith-based" initiatives.

Writing to his friend Richard Price on Oct. 9, 1780, Franklin expressed his dismay with government-imposed religion.

Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Monday marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.

'When Thou Prayest': Indiana Legislators Defy Jesus On Prayers

State legislators in Indiana are vowing to challenge a federal court ruling striking down the practice of sectarian prayers before the state House of Representatives.

In November, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton concluded that Indiana lawmakers violated the Constitution by using "systematically sectarian" prayers to open meetings. The prayers were almost always Christian in nature, Hamilton noted, and he ordered members to use nonsectarian benedictions.

Poorly Designed Case: Fallout From The Dover Decision

Fallout continues from U.S District Judge John E. Jones' Dec. 20 ruling striking down the teaching of "intelligent design" in Dover, Pa.

First off, a local newspaper, the York Daily Record, has suggested that some of the former school board members who voted to implement the policy may have lied on the witness stand and may be open to prosecution for perjury.

'Excellerated' Learning: Milwaukee's Voucher Scandal

Friends of public schools and church-state separation have long warned that voucher schemes will spell disaster. The evidence is growing that the prediction is right.

Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an investigative series that found alarming deficiencies in many of the religious and other private schools founded to take advantage of the state's voucher program. While some of the well-established private schools are doing a good job, a significant number of the new ones are outrageously inadequate.

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

Checkered History: Tony Perkins In Black And White

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins had some laudatory things to say about Coretta Scott King's recent death.

In his Jan. 31 "Washington Update," Perkins saluted the "brave" stands taken by Martin Luther King Jr. and noted that Mrs. King "courageously supported her husband's pioneering work for civil rights in America."

Perkins went on to write, "Although we came to differ with her on the critical issue of marriage, we nonetheless pay tribute to her great achievements."

Christmas Calumny: School District Challenges Liberty Counsel's Bogus 'Christmas War'

Fox News Network has moved beyond its nightly carping about a so-called "war on Christmas," and the holiday season is fast fading into memory. But one skirmish remains from the recent Christmas conflict.

A Wisconsin public school district is boldly fighting back against a Jerry Falwell-affiliated Religious Right group that spread lies about the school's holiday policies and programs.

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

Today, Jan. 17, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. Although Franklin was never known for taking up the cause of separation of church and state as strongly as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he did produce at least one great passage that rings down through the ages. It is especially relevant in this day of "faith-based" initiatives.

Writing to his friend Richard Price on Oct. 9, 1780, Franklin expressed his dismay with government-imposed religion.

Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Monday marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.

'When Thou Prayest': Indiana Legislators Defy Jesus On Prayers

State legislators in Indiana are vowing to challenge a federal court ruling striking down the practice of sectarian prayers before the state House of Representatives.

In November, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton concluded that Indiana lawmakers violated the Constitution by using "systematically sectarian" prayers to open meetings. The prayers were almost always Christian in nature, Hamilton noted, and he ordered members to use nonsectarian benedictions.

Poorly Designed Case: Fallout From The Dover Decision

Fallout continues from U.S District Judge John E. Jones' Dec. 20 ruling striking down the teaching of "intelligent design" in Dover, Pa.

First off, a local newspaper, the York Daily Record, has suggested that some of the former school board members who voted to implement the policy may have lied on the witness stand and may be open to prosecution for perjury.

'Excellerated' Learning: Milwaukee's Voucher Scandal

Friends of public schools and church-state separation have long warned that voucher schemes will spell disaster. The evidence is growing that the prediction is right.

Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an investigative series that found alarming deficiencies in many of the religious and other private schools founded to take advantage of the state's voucher program. While some of the well-established private schools are doing a good job, a significant number of the new ones are outrageously inadequate.

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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

Checkered History: Tony Perkins In Black And White

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins had some laudatory things to say about Coretta Scott King's recent death.

In his Jan. 31 "Washington Update," Perkins saluted the "brave" stands taken by Martin Luther King Jr. and noted that Mrs. King "courageously supported her husband's pioneering work for civil rights in America."

Perkins went on to write, "Although we came to differ with her on the critical issue of marriage, we nonetheless pay tribute to her great achievements."

Christmas Calumny: School District Challenges Liberty Counsel's Bogus 'Christmas War'

Fox News Network has moved beyond its nightly carping about a so-called "war on Christmas," and the holiday season is fast fading into memory. But one skirmish remains from the recent Christmas conflict.

A Wisconsin public school district is boldly fighting back against a Jerry Falwell-affiliated Religious Right group that spread lies about the school's holiday policies and programs.

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

Today, Jan. 17, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. Although Franklin was never known for taking up the cause of separation of church and state as strongly as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he did produce at least one great passage that rings down through the ages. It is especially relevant in this day of "faith-based" initiatives.

Writing to his friend Richard Price on Oct. 9, 1780, Franklin expressed his dismay with government-imposed religion.

Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Monday marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.

'When Thou Prayest': Indiana Legislators Defy Jesus On Prayers

State legislators in Indiana are vowing to challenge a federal court ruling striking down the practice of sectarian prayers before the state House of Representatives.

In November, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton concluded that Indiana lawmakers violated the Constitution by using "systematically sectarian" prayers to open meetings. The prayers were almost always Christian in nature, Hamilton noted, and he ordered members to use nonsectarian benedictions.

Poorly Designed Case: Fallout From The Dover Decision

Fallout continues from U.S District Judge John E. Jones' Dec. 20 ruling striking down the teaching of "intelligent design" in Dover, Pa.

First off, a local newspaper, the York Daily Record, has suggested that some of the former school board members who voted to implement the policy may have lied on the witness stand and may be open to prosecution for perjury.

'Excellerated' Learning: Milwaukee's Voucher Scandal

Friends of public schools and church-state separation have long warned that voucher schemes will spell disaster. The evidence is growing that the prediction is right.

Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an investigative series that found alarming deficiencies in many of the religious and other private schools founded to take advantage of the state's voucher program. While some of the well-established private schools are doing a good job, a significant number of the new ones are outrageously inadequate.

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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’