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American courts have recognized the importance of church-state separation. In a body of law that has evolved over more than two centuries, our courts have interpreted the First Amendment to ban compelled support for religion while protecting the right to worship as every American sees fit. This section examines the legal underpinnings of church-state separation and court interpretations of this principle.

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

The Religious Right Is Alienating People Of Color

The campaigns of candidates like Roy Moore and Donald J. Trump were plagued with accusations of sexual assault and subject to moral controversy, but despite this, one particular demographic remained their strongest allies – white Christian evangelicals.

Everyone In America Knows That Roy Moore Lost To Doug Jones – Except Roy Moore

One week ago, Alabama voters sent a shockwave through the world of politics by electing Democrat Doug Jones over “Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore to an open U.S. Senate seat.

Moore is not taking the loss well. In fact, he has yet to concede.

On election night, Moore unleashed a rant, telling his supporters, “Realize when the vote is this close that it’s not over. … We also know that God is always in control.”

The Johnson Amendment Has Survived – Thanks To You!

After a months-long fight, we have good news: The final tax bill that the House and Senate will vote on next week will NOT contain language to repeal the Johnson Amendment. A big thank you to all of you who emailed and called your members of Congress and educated your friends and family about this issue. You are the ones who won this fight.

Roy Moore’s Defeat Exposes The Religious Right’s Moral Vacuum

“Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore wasn’t the only loser Tuesday night. He dragged plenty of leaders and followers of the Religious Right down with him.

Moore’s candidacy was a moral test for the Religious Right. The question was simple: Would the men and women who lead and join groups that are allegedly obsessed with “morals” and “values” continue to back Moore even in the face of credible charges of sexual assault and harassment against teenage girls?

Roy Moore Won’t Be Joining The U.S. Senate. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

The people of Alabama did America a favor last night by voting against Roy Moore for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Moore is just what we don’t need right now. His disdain for fundamental American values – from religious freedom to civil rights and equality to the rule of law – makes him a danger to our democracy.

Americans United knows Moore all too well. He’s been a strident voice against church-state separation for decades, and we’ve fought back and won against many of his reckless actions.

Our Nation’s Higher Education Law Shouldn’t Include A License To Discriminate

This morning, another bill that allows religion to be used to discriminate started making its way through Congress. At 10 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began debating a Republican bill that would change the federal law that governs higher education.

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

The Religious Right Is Alienating People Of Color

The campaigns of candidates like Roy Moore and Donald J. Trump were plagued with accusations of sexual assault and subject to moral controversy, but despite this, one particular demographic remained their strongest allies – white Christian evangelicals.

Everyone In America Knows That Roy Moore Lost To Doug Jones – Except Roy Moore

One week ago, Alabama voters sent a shockwave through the world of politics by electing Democrat Doug Jones over “Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore to an open U.S. Senate seat.

Moore is not taking the loss well. In fact, he has yet to concede.

On election night, Moore unleashed a rant, telling his supporters, “Realize when the vote is this close that it’s not over. … We also know that God is always in control.”

The Johnson Amendment Has Survived – Thanks To You!

After a months-long fight, we have good news: The final tax bill that the House and Senate will vote on next week will NOT contain language to repeal the Johnson Amendment. A big thank you to all of you who emailed and called your members of Congress and educated your friends and family about this issue. You are the ones who won this fight.

Roy Moore’s Defeat Exposes The Religious Right’s Moral Vacuum

“Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore wasn’t the only loser Tuesday night. He dragged plenty of leaders and followers of the Religious Right down with him.

Moore’s candidacy was a moral test for the Religious Right. The question was simple: Would the men and women who lead and join groups that are allegedly obsessed with “morals” and “values” continue to back Moore even in the face of credible charges of sexual assault and harassment against teenage girls?

Roy Moore Won’t Be Joining The U.S. Senate. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

The people of Alabama did America a favor last night by voting against Roy Moore for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Moore is just what we don’t need right now. His disdain for fundamental American values – from religious freedom to civil rights and equality to the rule of law – makes him a danger to our democracy.

Americans United knows Moore all too well. He’s been a strident voice against church-state separation for decades, and we’ve fought back and won against many of his reckless actions.

Our Nation’s Higher Education Law Shouldn’t Include A License To Discriminate

This morning, another bill that allows religion to be used to discriminate started making its way through Congress. At 10 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began debating a Republican bill that would change the federal law that governs higher education.

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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

The Religious Right Is Alienating People Of Color

The campaigns of candidates like Roy Moore and Donald J. Trump were plagued with accusations of sexual assault and subject to moral controversy, but despite this, one particular demographic remained their strongest allies – white Christian evangelicals.

Everyone In America Knows That Roy Moore Lost To Doug Jones – Except Roy Moore

One week ago, Alabama voters sent a shockwave through the world of politics by electing Democrat Doug Jones over “Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore to an open U.S. Senate seat.

Moore is not taking the loss well. In fact, he has yet to concede.

On election night, Moore unleashed a rant, telling his supporters, “Realize when the vote is this close that it’s not over. … We also know that God is always in control.”

The Johnson Amendment Has Survived – Thanks To You!

After a months-long fight, we have good news: The final tax bill that the House and Senate will vote on next week will NOT contain language to repeal the Johnson Amendment. A big thank you to all of you who emailed and called your members of Congress and educated your friends and family about this issue. You are the ones who won this fight.

Roy Moore’s Defeat Exposes The Religious Right’s Moral Vacuum

“Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore wasn’t the only loser Tuesday night. He dragged plenty of leaders and followers of the Religious Right down with him.

Moore’s candidacy was a moral test for the Religious Right. The question was simple: Would the men and women who lead and join groups that are allegedly obsessed with “morals” and “values” continue to back Moore even in the face of credible charges of sexual assault and harassment against teenage girls?

Roy Moore Won’t Be Joining The U.S. Senate. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

The people of Alabama did America a favor last night by voting against Roy Moore for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Moore is just what we don’t need right now. His disdain for fundamental American values – from religious freedom to civil rights and equality to the rule of law – makes him a danger to our democracy.

Americans United knows Moore all too well. He’s been a strident voice against church-state separation for decades, and we’ve fought back and won against many of his reckless actions.

Our Nation’s Higher Education Law Shouldn’t Include A License To Discriminate

This morning, another bill that allows religion to be used to discriminate started making its way through Congress. At 10 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began debating a Republican bill that would change the federal law that governs higher education.

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Church & State
March 2017 Church & State

Supreme Mistake

Americans United Says Judge Neil Gorsuch Shouldn't Be Elevated To The Nation's Highest Court

July/August 2016 Church & State

Sooner State Showdown

Oklahoma Voters Set To Decide Fate Of State Constitution's Religious Freedom Clause

May 2016 Church & State

Innocence Abused

How A Reckless Combination Of Church And State Harmed Pennsylvania's Children

April 2016 Church & State

The Wall Banger

Justice Antonin Scalia Spent 30 Years Assailing The Separation Of Church And State

March 2016 Church & State

Shredding The First Amendment?

Religious Right Groups Hope A Dispute Over Recycled Tires In Missouri Will Blow A Hole In The Wall Of Separation Between Church And State

November 2015 Church & State

Teaching, Not Preaching

Can Public Schools Instruct About Religion Without Violating The Separation Of Church And State

October 2015 Church & State

Pugnacious Plaintiff

An Interview With Southern Baptist Minister Bruce Prescott, Who Successfully Challenged Government Display Of The Ten Commandments In Oklahoma