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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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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.

Robertson Redux : Pat 'Owes No Apology' for Radical Statements

Like many Americans, Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey was appalled at Pat Robertson's extreme remarks on "This Week" with George Stephanopolous last Sunday. Robertson accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg of being a communist, asserted that only Jews and Christians were fit for public service, and made some very uncouth comments about Islam. What shocked Lautenberg the most were Robertson's declarations about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Love For Sale: Pastor Trades Endorsement For 'Faith-Based' Cash

Latino evangelical leader Luis Cortes supported Ralph Nader's presidential bid in 2000. But after four years and lots of federal dollars via the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative, it was easy to for him to forget Nader as well as Democratic challenger John Kerry.

"I voted my self-interest," Cortes told The New York Times in describing his support for Bush's re-election effort.

Robertson's Rant: Pat Gives "This Week" A Piece Of His Mind

Religious Right leader Pat Robertson argued on ABC's This Week that the "runaway" federal judiciary constitutes the gravest threat to American life. According to Robertson, the "tyranny" of the federal judiciary is a bigger threat to America than the Nazis during World War II and the Civil War and poses a "more serious [threat] than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," referring to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed.

Full Court Press: Despite Public Opposition, Religious Right Vows To Continue Bashing Judges

The Religious Right won't budge from its persecution complex, which is encapsulated in an increasingly shrill campaign charging Senate Democrats with oppressing Christians by filibustering some of the Bush administration's judicial nominees.

Earlier this week one of the participants in the April 24 judge-bashing event at a Kentucky mega-church boasted to a reporter that the group had nothing to be ashamed of.

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

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.

Robertson Redux : Pat 'Owes No Apology' for Radical Statements

Like many Americans, Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey was appalled at Pat Robertson's extreme remarks on "This Week" with George Stephanopolous last Sunday. Robertson accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg of being a communist, asserted that only Jews and Christians were fit for public service, and made some very uncouth comments about Islam. What shocked Lautenberg the most were Robertson's declarations about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Love For Sale: Pastor Trades Endorsement For 'Faith-Based' Cash

Latino evangelical leader Luis Cortes supported Ralph Nader's presidential bid in 2000. But after four years and lots of federal dollars via the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative, it was easy to for him to forget Nader as well as Democratic challenger John Kerry.

"I voted my self-interest," Cortes told The New York Times in describing his support for Bush's re-election effort.

Robertson's Rant: Pat Gives "This Week" A Piece Of His Mind

Religious Right leader Pat Robertson argued on ABC's This Week that the "runaway" federal judiciary constitutes the gravest threat to American life. According to Robertson, the "tyranny" of the federal judiciary is a bigger threat to America than the Nazis during World War II and the Civil War and poses a "more serious [threat] than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," referring to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed.

Full Court Press: Despite Public Opposition, Religious Right Vows To Continue Bashing Judges

The Religious Right won't budge from its persecution complex, which is encapsulated in an increasingly shrill campaign charging Senate Democrats with oppressing Christians by filibustering some of the Bush administration's judicial nominees.

Earlier this week one of the participants in the April 24 judge-bashing event at a Kentucky mega-church boasted to a reporter that the group had nothing to be ashamed of.

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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

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.

Robertson Redux : Pat 'Owes No Apology' for Radical Statements

Like many Americans, Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey was appalled at Pat Robertson's extreme remarks on "This Week" with George Stephanopolous last Sunday. Robertson accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg of being a communist, asserted that only Jews and Christians were fit for public service, and made some very uncouth comments about Islam. What shocked Lautenberg the most were Robertson's declarations about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Love For Sale: Pastor Trades Endorsement For 'Faith-Based' Cash

Latino evangelical leader Luis Cortes supported Ralph Nader's presidential bid in 2000. But after four years and lots of federal dollars via the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative, it was easy to for him to forget Nader as well as Democratic challenger John Kerry.

"I voted my self-interest," Cortes told The New York Times in describing his support for Bush's re-election effort.

Robertson's Rant: Pat Gives "This Week" A Piece Of His Mind

Religious Right leader Pat Robertson argued on ABC's This Week that the "runaway" federal judiciary constitutes the gravest threat to American life. According to Robertson, the "tyranny" of the federal judiciary is a bigger threat to America than the Nazis during World War II and the Civil War and poses a "more serious [threat] than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," referring to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed.

Full Court Press: Despite Public Opposition, Religious Right Vows To Continue Bashing Judges

The Religious Right won't budge from its persecution complex, which is encapsulated in an increasingly shrill campaign charging Senate Democrats with oppressing Christians by filibustering some of the Bush administration's judicial nominees.

Earlier this week one of the participants in the April 24 judge-bashing event at a Kentucky mega-church boasted to a reporter that the group had nothing to be ashamed of.

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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’