Muslim Ban Plaintiffs’ Statement On IAAB v. Trump Hearing

Today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., will hear arguments in three related legal challenges, including Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump, to the Trump administration’s latest version of its Muslim ban. The hearing comes after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the ban to go into full effect while these suits and another in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are under consideration.

Supreme Court Allows Trump Muslim Ban To Go Into Effect As Cases Move Forward

Americans United Vows To Continue Fighting Against The Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon ruled 7-2 to allow President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban to go into full effect while several legal challenges to it move through the courts.

Americans United is litigating one of the cases challenging the ban. The plaintiffs in the case, IAAB v. Trump, are represented by Americans United, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in consultation with the National Iranian American Council.   

National Coalition For Public Education Criticizes Inclusion Of Hatch School Voucher Amendment In Senate Tax Bill

Today, an amendment was included in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that would provide tax incentives to parents who educate their children in private religious schools by enabling them to receive a tax deduction on the cost of tuition.

The National Coalition for Public Education, a group co-chaired by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

Americans United And Allies Urge Federal Appeals Court To Uphold Church-State Separation In Pensacola Cross Case

Religious And Civil-Rights Groups Say Constitutional Principle Of Religious Freedom Relies On Government Not Endorsing Specific Faiths

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by 13 religious and civil-rights organizations, today urged a federal appeals court to support religious freedom by affirming that a towering cross erected in the City of Pensacola’s Bayview Park is unconstitutional because it is a clear example of government endorsing religion.

Americans United Denounces House Tax Bill That Undermines The Johnson Amendment And Public Schools

Legislation Turns Nonprofits, Including Houses Of Worship, Into Tax-Exempt Partisan Campaign Organizations; Expands School Voucher-Like Program

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would essentially repeal the Johnson Amendment. This 63-year-old provision in federal law protects the integrity of our elections and tax-exempt nonprofits, including houses of worship, by ensuring the organizations don’t endorse or oppose candidates for public office.

Americans United Deplores House GOP Leadership’s Ongoing Assault On Johnson Amendment

Latest Change To Tax Bill Only Makes Matters Worse, Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized Republicans in the House of Representatives for their continuing efforts to undermine the Johnson Amendment, a provision in federal law that prohibits tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

Americans United Disappointed By House Committee Vote To Undermine Johnson Amendment

Church-State Watchdog Calls For Removal Of Provision That Would Lure Houses Of Worship Into Partisan Politics

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment over a vote by a House committee on a provision in the new tax bill that threatens to draw America’s houses of worship into partisan politics.

Americans United Urges Louisiana Public School District To Cease Unconstitutional Promotion Of Religion In Schools

Bossier Parish Schools Must Welcome Students Of All Faiths And Stop Compelling Practice Of Christianity, Church-State Watchdog Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today contacted officials at Bossier Parish schools to urge them to stop violating the Constitution through the widespread promotion and endorsement of Christianity throughout the school district.

GOP House Tax Bill Seeks To Use Churches As Political Tools, Says Americans United

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Retaining Johnson Amendment, Church-State Watchdog Notes

The leadership of the House of Representatives today released a tax-reform package that includes language greatly weakening the Johnson Amendment – the provision in the tax code that ensures tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose political candidates.

Today’s tax-reform proposal would change the law so that churches – but not other nonprofits – could endorse candidates seeking office.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United, released this statement in response: