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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

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.

The Hard Truth About ‘School Choice’ That Trump Wants To Ignore

President Donald J. Trump visited a Catholic school in Orlando today for what has been described as a “listening session” on “school choice.” In other words, a rally for private school vouchers.

Trump, kids in school uniforms, and claims about widespread success of a government program may make for good political theater. But, “alternative facts” and anecdotes are a terrible basis for policy. The truth is that vouchers masquerading as “school choice” are a failure.

Religious Beliefs Shouldn’t Justify Discrimination Against Schoolchildren

Gavin Grimm is the 17-year-old high-school senior at the center of the first U.S. Supreme Court case on the civil rights of transgender persons. At issue: Whether a provision in federal law known as Title IX, which forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex, also protects transgender students who have been denied the equal use of school facilities based on their gender identity.

Women Who Have Advocated For And Impacted Religious Freedom

Women’s History Month started this week, and we are recognizing the important role that women have played in fighting for the separation of church and state and religious freedom.

Though women have been essential throughout America’s history in separating church and state, their impact is often overlooked.

Women are often discriminated against on the basis of religion and thus an essential part of the population to consider when considering the fight for church state separation.

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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

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.

The Hard Truth About ‘School Choice’ That Trump Wants To Ignore

President Donald J. Trump visited a Catholic school in Orlando today for what has been described as a “listening session” on “school choice.” In other words, a rally for private school vouchers.

Trump, kids in school uniforms, and claims about widespread success of a government program may make for good political theater. But, “alternative facts” and anecdotes are a terrible basis for policy. The truth is that vouchers masquerading as “school choice” are a failure.

Religious Beliefs Shouldn’t Justify Discrimination Against Schoolchildren

Gavin Grimm is the 17-year-old high-school senior at the center of the first U.S. Supreme Court case on the civil rights of transgender persons. At issue: Whether a provision in federal law known as Title IX, which forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex, also protects transgender students who have been denied the equal use of school facilities based on their gender identity.

Women Who Have Advocated For And Impacted Religious Freedom

Women’s History Month started this week, and we are recognizing the important role that women have played in fighting for the separation of church and state and religious freedom.

Though women have been essential throughout America’s history in separating church and state, their impact is often overlooked.

Women are often discriminated against on the basis of religion and thus an essential part of the population to consider when considering the fight for church state separation.

Pages

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

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.

The Hard Truth About ‘School Choice’ That Trump Wants To Ignore

President Donald J. Trump visited a Catholic school in Orlando today for what has been described as a “listening session” on “school choice.” In other words, a rally for private school vouchers.

Trump, kids in school uniforms, and claims about widespread success of a government program may make for good political theater. But, “alternative facts” and anecdotes are a terrible basis for policy. The truth is that vouchers masquerading as “school choice” are a failure.

Religious Beliefs Shouldn’t Justify Discrimination Against Schoolchildren

Gavin Grimm is the 17-year-old high-school senior at the center of the first U.S. Supreme Court case on the civil rights of transgender persons. At issue: Whether a provision in federal law known as Title IX, which forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex, also protects transgender students who have been denied the equal use of school facilities based on their gender identity.

Women Who Have Advocated For And Impacted Religious Freedom

Women’s History Month started this week, and we are recognizing the important role that women have played in fighting for the separation of church and state and religious freedom.

Though women have been essential throughout America’s history in separating church and state, their impact is often overlooked.

Women are often discriminated against on the basis of religion and thus an essential part of the population to consider when considering the fight for church state separation.

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Church & State
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