The United States is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world because our government cannot tell us whether or how to worship. Yet when the government displays religious creeds and symbols, it sends a message that it prefers one religious perspective and those in the community who do not share that perspective are outsiders.

Featuring religious displays in courthouses, public schools, state capitols or public parks transforms the spaces that are supposed to bring us together into spaces that are divisive and makes some members of the community feel excluded.

Americans United opposes government displays of religious symbols because the government should not put its stamp of approval on one religion over another or on belief over nonbelief.