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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

Washington Supreme Court Says There’s No Constitutional Right To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Today, the Supreme Court of the state of Washington issued an important ruling, unanimously holding that a business can’t ignore the state anti-discrimination law and refuse to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

‘So-Called Patriots' Attack The Rule Of Law

Every so often, right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan lurches out of the far-right fever swamp where he has resided for the past 50 years to offer all of us some pearls of wisdom.

His latest is an old standby: If you don’t like a court ruling, find a way to shut down the court.

Another Court, Ruling Against Trump’s Muslim Ban, Agrees With AU’s Religious Freedom Arguments

Yesterday, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the Trump administration from enforcing its unconstitutional Muslim ban in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

While this order aligns with those of almost every other court that has heard a challenge to the Muslim ban thus far – including the nationwide restraining order issued by the U.S. District Court in Seattle and upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – the Virginia court’s analysis was notably different in one respect: its focus on religious freedom.

Science Education May Be Devolving In South Dakota

If some South Dakota legislators have their way, the state’s public school students soon may be learning the “alternative facts” version of science: Senate Bill 55 could open the door to creationism being taught in classrooms.

Republican Sen. Jeff Monroe sponsored the bill to “protect the teaching of certain scientific information,” which allows teachers to introduce “in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information.”

Not All Evangelicals Are Buying Trump’s Line On Refugees

Although some Religious Right leaders have remained mum on criticizing President Donald J. Trump’s actions, a growing number of  conservative evangelical leaders are standing in solidarity with refugees, as a recently published full-page advertisement in The Washington Post indicates.  

One-Third Of U.S. Residents Say You Must Be Christian To Be ‘Truly American’

I was born in the United States, as were my parents and three-quarters of my grandparents. I was educated at public schools, I pay taxes and I vote. I’ve spent most of my adult life working as a journalist and now for an organization that advocates for religious freedom, so you could say I live and breathe the First Amendment.

But according to a third of my fellow citizens, I’m not “truly American” because I’m not a Christian.

A Persecuted Refugee’s Religious Beliefs Should Not Matter

A lot has been said about President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries and blocking all refugees worldwide. A recurring argument, it seems, is that Trump has a moral obligation to prioritize Christian refugees and other minority-religion refugees from Muslim-majority countries – something he went on the record saying he would do

Why Young People Support Church-State Separation

“Wait, aren’t church and state already separate?” I’ve been asked this question many times; enough that it has inspired me to come work with an organization that has fought for 70 years to ensure they do stay separate. My name is Erica and I am the communications intern at Americans United for Separation of Church and State this spring.

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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

Washington Supreme Court Says There’s No Constitutional Right To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Today, the Supreme Court of the state of Washington issued an important ruling, unanimously holding that a business can’t ignore the state anti-discrimination law and refuse to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

‘So-Called Patriots' Attack The Rule Of Law

Every so often, right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan lurches out of the far-right fever swamp where he has resided for the past 50 years to offer all of us some pearls of wisdom.

His latest is an old standby: If you don’t like a court ruling, find a way to shut down the court.

Another Court, Ruling Against Trump’s Muslim Ban, Agrees With AU’s Religious Freedom Arguments

Yesterday, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the Trump administration from enforcing its unconstitutional Muslim ban in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

While this order aligns with those of almost every other court that has heard a challenge to the Muslim ban thus far – including the nationwide restraining order issued by the U.S. District Court in Seattle and upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – the Virginia court’s analysis was notably different in one respect: its focus on religious freedom.

Science Education May Be Devolving In South Dakota

If some South Dakota legislators have their way, the state’s public school students soon may be learning the “alternative facts” version of science: Senate Bill 55 could open the door to creationism being taught in classrooms.

Republican Sen. Jeff Monroe sponsored the bill to “protect the teaching of certain scientific information,” which allows teachers to introduce “in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information.”

Not All Evangelicals Are Buying Trump’s Line On Refugees

Although some Religious Right leaders have remained mum on criticizing President Donald J. Trump’s actions, a growing number of  conservative evangelical leaders are standing in solidarity with refugees, as a recently published full-page advertisement in The Washington Post indicates.  

One-Third Of U.S. Residents Say You Must Be Christian To Be ‘Truly American’

I was born in the United States, as were my parents and three-quarters of my grandparents. I was educated at public schools, I pay taxes and I vote. I’ve spent most of my adult life working as a journalist and now for an organization that advocates for religious freedom, so you could say I live and breathe the First Amendment.

But according to a third of my fellow citizens, I’m not “truly American” because I’m not a Christian.

A Persecuted Refugee’s Religious Beliefs Should Not Matter

A lot has been said about President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries and blocking all refugees worldwide. A recurring argument, it seems, is that Trump has a moral obligation to prioritize Christian refugees and other minority-religion refugees from Muslim-majority countries – something he went on the record saying he would do

Why Young People Support Church-State Separation

“Wait, aren’t church and state already separate?” I’ve been asked this question many times; enough that it has inspired me to come work with an organization that has fought for 70 years to ensure they do stay separate. My name is Erica and I am the communications intern at Americans United for Separation of Church and State this spring.

Pages

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

Washington Supreme Court Says There’s No Constitutional Right To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Today, the Supreme Court of the state of Washington issued an important ruling, unanimously holding that a business can’t ignore the state anti-discrimination law and refuse to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

‘So-Called Patriots' Attack The Rule Of Law

Every so often, right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan lurches out of the far-right fever swamp where he has resided for the past 50 years to offer all of us some pearls of wisdom.

His latest is an old standby: If you don’t like a court ruling, find a way to shut down the court.

Another Court, Ruling Against Trump’s Muslim Ban, Agrees With AU’s Religious Freedom Arguments

Yesterday, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the Trump administration from enforcing its unconstitutional Muslim ban in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

While this order aligns with those of almost every other court that has heard a challenge to the Muslim ban thus far – including the nationwide restraining order issued by the U.S. District Court in Seattle and upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – the Virginia court’s analysis was notably different in one respect: its focus on religious freedom.

Science Education May Be Devolving In South Dakota

If some South Dakota legislators have their way, the state’s public school students soon may be learning the “alternative facts” version of science: Senate Bill 55 could open the door to creationism being taught in classrooms.

Republican Sen. Jeff Monroe sponsored the bill to “protect the teaching of certain scientific information,” which allows teachers to introduce “in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information.”

Not All Evangelicals Are Buying Trump’s Line On Refugees

Although some Religious Right leaders have remained mum on criticizing President Donald J. Trump’s actions, a growing number of  conservative evangelical leaders are standing in solidarity with refugees, as a recently published full-page advertisement in The Washington Post indicates.  

One-Third Of U.S. Residents Say You Must Be Christian To Be ‘Truly American’

I was born in the United States, as were my parents and three-quarters of my grandparents. I was educated at public schools, I pay taxes and I vote. I’ve spent most of my adult life working as a journalist and now for an organization that advocates for religious freedom, so you could say I live and breathe the First Amendment.

But according to a third of my fellow citizens, I’m not “truly American” because I’m not a Christian.

A Persecuted Refugee’s Religious Beliefs Should Not Matter

A lot has been said about President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries and blocking all refugees worldwide. A recurring argument, it seems, is that Trump has a moral obligation to prioritize Christian refugees and other minority-religion refugees from Muslim-majority countries – something he went on the record saying he would do

Why Young People Support Church-State Separation

“Wait, aren’t church and state already separate?” I’ve been asked this question many times; enough that it has inspired me to come work with an organization that has fought for 70 years to ensure they do stay separate. My name is Erica and I am the communications intern at Americans United for Separation of Church and State this spring.

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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