(Washington, DC) -- More than 4,000 faith leaders from all 50 states are calling on Congress to keep the Johnson Amendment, the part of the tax code that protects houses of worship and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations from being pressured by politicians for endorsements. The law, which has broad support, has been under attack by President Donald Trump and a handful of others.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State applauded today’s decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed a Maryland public school district is not required to fund a child’s religious education.
Today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Brennan Center for Justice and Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Trump administration seeking the release of detailed information regarding several important but overlooked provisions of the Muslim ban Executive Order: “extreme vetting” policies targeting certain visa applicants and a worldwide review of visa vetting and screenin
Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes today’s U.S. Supreme Court order rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to bar grandparents and other extended family members through its Muslim ban executive order.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Mississippi residents and organizations challenging the state’s House Bill 1523 – the misnamed “religious freedom” law that encourages discrimination in the name of religion.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued the following statement today as the House Appropriations Committee narrowly voted down (24-28) an amendment with bipartisan support from Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Texas) that would have protected the Johnson Amendment:
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today welcomed the re-introduction of the Do No Harm Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and 50 other co-sponsors.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. Our country is strongest when we are all free to believe or not, as we see fit, and to practice our faith without hurting others,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The Do No Harm Act will protect the religious freedom of all Americans.”
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined 108 organizations that wrote to the House Appropriations Committee to urge its members to oppose a provision in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would weaken the enforcement mechanisms of the Johnson Amendment.
Washington, D.C. – Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release immediate guidance and precise criteria outlining how the department intends to implement Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the Muslim ban to take partial effect.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the lawsuits challenging President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The Court has also allowed the Muslim ban to go into effect for people without ties to the United States.
“Allowing the ban to take even partial effect opens the door to discrimination based on religion – which is at odds with our laws, history, traditions and common sense,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.