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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

Pledging To Support Diversity, Equality And Fairness

When I was in high school, I worked at a hamburger and ice cream place called Braum’s. I remember one really busy night – I was working the grill with about 30 hamburgers on it while dressing the cooked burgers and even getting drinks.

I was slammed. It was a Wednesday evening, what we called “church night” since members of church groups came in for something to eat when they were done with their services.

AU Continues The Legal Fight Against President Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

Late on Friday, Americans United entered the legal battle against Muslim Ban 2.0: We filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the State of Hawaii in seeking a temporary restraining order against President Donald J. Trump’s second executive order restricting Muslim immigration.

Here’s How Young People Can Advocate For Religious Freedom And Church-State Separation – For Free!

Like a lot of college students, I often find myself short on funds and short on time. But I still want to get involved in the important causes that mean a lot to me, and I’m doing that. I just had to be a little creative.

I’m passionate about church-state separation and religious freedom. I find that the more I learn about this issue, the more determined I am to defend it. That’s why while interning for Americans United this semester, I want to share some ways that religious freedom advocates can be involved in the solution as well:

Religious Right Continues To Cling To Trump’s Baseless Wiretapping Allegations

Last week, the world was rocked by yet another outrageous claim by President Donald J. Trump: He asserted that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones during the presidential campaign.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” blared Trump’s March 4 tweet.

Creationist Ken Ham’s Ky. 'Ark Park' Fails To Lift All Boats

When Australian creationist Ken Ham pitched the idea of building a giant Noah’s Ark in a rural area of Kentucky, folks in the community of Williamstown got excited. Many of them were certain that the ark would become a major tourist attraction and bring visitors – and their cash – to this struggling area.

Trump’s New Muslim Ban: Still Illegal, Still An Insult To American Values

President Donald J. Trump today issued Muslim ban 2.0. The new executive order was released with little fanfare and without Trump present. Perhaps he didn’t want to answer questions about it because the new policy is just as bad as the one it replaces.

As a candidate, Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” In office, he has pursued the exclusion of as many Muslims as he thinks the law might allow. 

Thanks To Trump, A Major Transgender Rights Case Has Been Derailed At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this morning announced that it is remanding and vacating the lower-court decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., the first transgender-rights case that the high court had ever agreed to hear.

So what does this mean, in laypeople’s terms? The Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for March 28. Now those arguments won’t happen this month. Instead, the case is going back to a lower federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for more deliberation.

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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

Pledging To Support Diversity, Equality And Fairness

When I was in high school, I worked at a hamburger and ice cream place called Braum’s. I remember one really busy night – I was working the grill with about 30 hamburgers on it while dressing the cooked burgers and even getting drinks.

I was slammed. It was a Wednesday evening, what we called “church night” since members of church groups came in for something to eat when they were done with their services.

AU Continues The Legal Fight Against President Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

Late on Friday, Americans United entered the legal battle against Muslim Ban 2.0: We filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the State of Hawaii in seeking a temporary restraining order against President Donald J. Trump’s second executive order restricting Muslim immigration.

Here’s How Young People Can Advocate For Religious Freedom And Church-State Separation – For Free!

Like a lot of college students, I often find myself short on funds and short on time. But I still want to get involved in the important causes that mean a lot to me, and I’m doing that. I just had to be a little creative.

I’m passionate about church-state separation and religious freedom. I find that the more I learn about this issue, the more determined I am to defend it. That’s why while interning for Americans United this semester, I want to share some ways that religious freedom advocates can be involved in the solution as well:

Religious Right Continues To Cling To Trump’s Baseless Wiretapping Allegations

Last week, the world was rocked by yet another outrageous claim by President Donald J. Trump: He asserted that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones during the presidential campaign.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” blared Trump’s March 4 tweet.

Creationist Ken Ham’s Ky. 'Ark Park' Fails To Lift All Boats

When Australian creationist Ken Ham pitched the idea of building a giant Noah’s Ark in a rural area of Kentucky, folks in the community of Williamstown got excited. Many of them were certain that the ark would become a major tourist attraction and bring visitors – and their cash – to this struggling area.

Trump’s New Muslim Ban: Still Illegal, Still An Insult To American Values

President Donald J. Trump today issued Muslim ban 2.0. The new executive order was released with little fanfare and without Trump present. Perhaps he didn’t want to answer questions about it because the new policy is just as bad as the one it replaces.

As a candidate, Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” In office, he has pursued the exclusion of as many Muslims as he thinks the law might allow. 

Thanks To Trump, A Major Transgender Rights Case Has Been Derailed At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this morning announced that it is remanding and vacating the lower-court decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., the first transgender-rights case that the high court had ever agreed to hear.

So what does this mean, in laypeople’s terms? The Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for March 28. Now those arguments won’t happen this month. Instead, the case is going back to a lower federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for more deliberation.

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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

Pledging To Support Diversity, Equality And Fairness

When I was in high school, I worked at a hamburger and ice cream place called Braum’s. I remember one really busy night – I was working the grill with about 30 hamburgers on it while dressing the cooked burgers and even getting drinks.

I was slammed. It was a Wednesday evening, what we called “church night” since members of church groups came in for something to eat when they were done with their services.

AU Continues The Legal Fight Against President Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

Late on Friday, Americans United entered the legal battle against Muslim Ban 2.0: We filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the State of Hawaii in seeking a temporary restraining order against President Donald J. Trump’s second executive order restricting Muslim immigration.

Here’s How Young People Can Advocate For Religious Freedom And Church-State Separation – For Free!

Like a lot of college students, I often find myself short on funds and short on time. But I still want to get involved in the important causes that mean a lot to me, and I’m doing that. I just had to be a little creative.

I’m passionate about church-state separation and religious freedom. I find that the more I learn about this issue, the more determined I am to defend it. That’s why while interning for Americans United this semester, I want to share some ways that religious freedom advocates can be involved in the solution as well:

Religious Right Continues To Cling To Trump’s Baseless Wiretapping Allegations

Last week, the world was rocked by yet another outrageous claim by President Donald J. Trump: He asserted that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones during the presidential campaign.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” blared Trump’s March 4 tweet.

Creationist Ken Ham’s Ky. 'Ark Park' Fails To Lift All Boats

When Australian creationist Ken Ham pitched the idea of building a giant Noah’s Ark in a rural area of Kentucky, folks in the community of Williamstown got excited. Many of them were certain that the ark would become a major tourist attraction and bring visitors – and their cash – to this struggling area.

Trump’s New Muslim Ban: Still Illegal, Still An Insult To American Values

President Donald J. Trump today issued Muslim ban 2.0. The new executive order was released with little fanfare and without Trump present. Perhaps he didn’t want to answer questions about it because the new policy is just as bad as the one it replaces.

As a candidate, Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” In office, he has pursued the exclusion of as many Muslims as he thinks the law might allow. 

Thanks To Trump, A Major Transgender Rights Case Has Been Derailed At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this morning announced that it is remanding and vacating the lower-court decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., the first transgender-rights case that the high court had ever agreed to hear.

So what does this mean, in laypeople’s terms? The Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for March 28. Now those arguments won’t happen this month. Instead, the case is going back to a lower federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for more deliberation.

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April 2017 Church & State

Zoned Out

Muslims Seeking The Right To Worship Encounter Roadblocks

March 2017 Church & State

States Of Emergency

Legislation That Threatens Church-State Separation Is Pending In Half The Country

March 2017 Church & State

Odious Order

Trump's Directive Targeting Muslim Immigrants And Refugees Draws A Sharp Backlash And A Spate Of Legal Challenges

February 2017 Church & State

Retirement Roulette

Should Hospitals Be Permitted To Gut Employee Pension Plans Simply Because They Are Religious?

February 2017 Church & State

Standing Firm

In The Dakotas, An Oil Pipeline Runs Up Against What Native Americans Believe Is Sacred Space