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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

AU's Rob Boston On 'This American Life'

Listen this weekend for Rob Boston's insightful discussion with "This American Life" host Ira Glass. The one-hour PRI program, titled "Godless America" will explore the parameters of church-state relations at a time when House Majority Leader Tom Delay says he governs with a "Biblical worldview."

Amazing Outcome: Smithsonian Support Of 'Intelligent Design' Disappears

The Smithsonian Institution has dropped its plan to cosponsor the showing of a film promoting "intelligent design."

In a statement issued yesterday, Smithsonian officials dropped plans to cosponsor the "The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe," which is based on a book promoting intelligent design by Iowa State University astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez.

Sentenced To Church?: Kentucky Judge Pressures Drug Offenders To Repent

A Kentucky judge is boosting local church attendance by offering drug offenders a sentence of worship services instead of confinement or rehab.

The Associated Press has reported that Laurel County District Judge Michael Caperton has provided, on about 50 different occasions, to drug and alcohol offenders the option of going to church instead of spending time behind bars or in a rehab center.

Bad Design: Anti-Evolution Shenanigans At The Smithsonian Spark Alarm

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has long been acknowledged as a defender of good science education in America.

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, a popular tourist attraction, presents the story of life on earth in a compelling yet accessible fashion.

Thus it was a shock to read that Smithsonian officials have joined forces with a neo-creationist group, the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, to sponsor the airing of a film critical of Darwinian evolution.

Course Correction: Air Force Orders Officers To Respect Religious Diversity

Americans United's report on religious bias and promotion of fundamentalist Christianity at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs continues to reverberate through the military.

In the most recent developments, Air Force officials have issued a statement reminding officers that they must respect the religious beliefs of others and cautioning against using official channels for the advancement of religion.

Discriminatory Decree: Indiana Judge Excommunicates 'Non-Mainstream' Religions

A judge in Indiana apparently believes the First Amendment's religious liberty clauses only protect majority faiths.

Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford has drawn press attention for refusing to lift an order from a divorce decree barring Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife Tammie U. Bristol from exposing their 9-year-old son to "non-mainstream" religious beliefs and rituals. Bradford's obstinance has prompted the Indiana Civil Liberties Union to ask the Indiana Court of Appeals to nullify Bradford's action.

Senator Santorum: Candidly Contemptuous of Church-State Separation

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has big plans for the wall of separation between church and state - mainly, to demolish it.

In a recent New York Times Magazine profile, Santorum was frank in outlining his wall-bashing scheme for writer Michael Sokolove. As one of the Senate's leading proponents of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, Santorum plays a key role in the effort to win Congressional approval for bills that would funnel tax dollars to religious groups that offer social services.

Down And Out In Baltimore: Who Gets Hurt When Bush Sweetens The 'Faith-Based' Pot

Baltimore, Md., suffers from many of the problems that beset most urban centers in America today. Rampant poverty and the blights that follow it plague neighborhoods that were once bastions of prosperity.

For the last half century, non-profit organizations of all kinds have worked to stop crime, to redevelop crumbling neighborhoods, to stop the cycle of drug addition and to improve areas that most of America has forgotten. These organizations largely depend on government grants that are being slashed in President George W. Bush's latest budget proposals to Congress.

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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

AU's Rob Boston On 'This American Life'

Listen this weekend for Rob Boston's insightful discussion with "This American Life" host Ira Glass. The one-hour PRI program, titled "Godless America" will explore the parameters of church-state relations at a time when House Majority Leader Tom Delay says he governs with a "Biblical worldview."

Amazing Outcome: Smithsonian Support Of 'Intelligent Design' Disappears

The Smithsonian Institution has dropped its plan to cosponsor the showing of a film promoting "intelligent design."

In a statement issued yesterday, Smithsonian officials dropped plans to cosponsor the "The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe," which is based on a book promoting intelligent design by Iowa State University astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez.

Sentenced To Church?: Kentucky Judge Pressures Drug Offenders To Repent

A Kentucky judge is boosting local church attendance by offering drug offenders a sentence of worship services instead of confinement or rehab.

The Associated Press has reported that Laurel County District Judge Michael Caperton has provided, on about 50 different occasions, to drug and alcohol offenders the option of going to church instead of spending time behind bars or in a rehab center.

Bad Design: Anti-Evolution Shenanigans At The Smithsonian Spark Alarm

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has long been acknowledged as a defender of good science education in America.

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, a popular tourist attraction, presents the story of life on earth in a compelling yet accessible fashion.

Thus it was a shock to read that Smithsonian officials have joined forces with a neo-creationist group, the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, to sponsor the airing of a film critical of Darwinian evolution.

Course Correction: Air Force Orders Officers To Respect Religious Diversity

Americans United's report on religious bias and promotion of fundamentalist Christianity at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs continues to reverberate through the military.

In the most recent developments, Air Force officials have issued a statement reminding officers that they must respect the religious beliefs of others and cautioning against using official channels for the advancement of religion.

Discriminatory Decree: Indiana Judge Excommunicates 'Non-Mainstream' Religions

A judge in Indiana apparently believes the First Amendment's religious liberty clauses only protect majority faiths.

Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford has drawn press attention for refusing to lift an order from a divorce decree barring Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife Tammie U. Bristol from exposing their 9-year-old son to "non-mainstream" religious beliefs and rituals. Bradford's obstinance has prompted the Indiana Civil Liberties Union to ask the Indiana Court of Appeals to nullify Bradford's action.

Senator Santorum: Candidly Contemptuous of Church-State Separation

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has big plans for the wall of separation between church and state - mainly, to demolish it.

In a recent New York Times Magazine profile, Santorum was frank in outlining his wall-bashing scheme for writer Michael Sokolove. As one of the Senate's leading proponents of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, Santorum plays a key role in the effort to win Congressional approval for bills that would funnel tax dollars to religious groups that offer social services.

Down And Out In Baltimore: Who Gets Hurt When Bush Sweetens The 'Faith-Based' Pot

Baltimore, Md., suffers from many of the problems that beset most urban centers in America today. Rampant poverty and the blights that follow it plague neighborhoods that were once bastions of prosperity.

For the last half century, non-profit organizations of all kinds have worked to stop crime, to redevelop crumbling neighborhoods, to stop the cycle of drug addition and to improve areas that most of America has forgotten. These organizations largely depend on government grants that are being slashed in President George W. Bush's latest budget proposals to Congress.

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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

AU's Rob Boston On 'This American Life'

Listen this weekend for Rob Boston's insightful discussion with "This American Life" host Ira Glass. The one-hour PRI program, titled "Godless America" will explore the parameters of church-state relations at a time when House Majority Leader Tom Delay says he governs with a "Biblical worldview."

Amazing Outcome: Smithsonian Support Of 'Intelligent Design' Disappears

The Smithsonian Institution has dropped its plan to cosponsor the showing of a film promoting "intelligent design."

In a statement issued yesterday, Smithsonian officials dropped plans to cosponsor the "The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe," which is based on a book promoting intelligent design by Iowa State University astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez.

Sentenced To Church?: Kentucky Judge Pressures Drug Offenders To Repent

A Kentucky judge is boosting local church attendance by offering drug offenders a sentence of worship services instead of confinement or rehab.

The Associated Press has reported that Laurel County District Judge Michael Caperton has provided, on about 50 different occasions, to drug and alcohol offenders the option of going to church instead of spending time behind bars or in a rehab center.

Bad Design: Anti-Evolution Shenanigans At The Smithsonian Spark Alarm

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has long been acknowledged as a defender of good science education in America.

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, a popular tourist attraction, presents the story of life on earth in a compelling yet accessible fashion.

Thus it was a shock to read that Smithsonian officials have joined forces with a neo-creationist group, the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, to sponsor the airing of a film critical of Darwinian evolution.

Course Correction: Air Force Orders Officers To Respect Religious Diversity

Americans United's report on religious bias and promotion of fundamentalist Christianity at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs continues to reverberate through the military.

In the most recent developments, Air Force officials have issued a statement reminding officers that they must respect the religious beliefs of others and cautioning against using official channels for the advancement of religion.

Discriminatory Decree: Indiana Judge Excommunicates 'Non-Mainstream' Religions

A judge in Indiana apparently believes the First Amendment's religious liberty clauses only protect majority faiths.

Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford has drawn press attention for refusing to lift an order from a divorce decree barring Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife Tammie U. Bristol from exposing their 9-year-old son to "non-mainstream" religious beliefs and rituals. Bradford's obstinance has prompted the Indiana Civil Liberties Union to ask the Indiana Court of Appeals to nullify Bradford's action.

Senator Santorum: Candidly Contemptuous of Church-State Separation

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has big plans for the wall of separation between church and state - mainly, to demolish it.

In a recent New York Times Magazine profile, Santorum was frank in outlining his wall-bashing scheme for writer Michael Sokolove. As one of the Senate's leading proponents of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, Santorum plays a key role in the effort to win Congressional approval for bills that would funnel tax dollars to religious groups that offer social services.

Down And Out In Baltimore: Who Gets Hurt When Bush Sweetens The 'Faith-Based' Pot

Baltimore, Md., suffers from many of the problems that beset most urban centers in America today. Rampant poverty and the blights that follow it plague neighborhoods that were once bastions of prosperity.

For the last half century, non-profit organizations of all kinds have worked to stop crime, to redevelop crumbling neighborhoods, to stop the cycle of drug addition and to improve areas that most of America has forgotten. These organizations largely depend on government grants that are being slashed in President George W. Bush's latest budget proposals to Congress.

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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’