Jan 26, 2021“David Williamson set a high standard that we hope is emulated by future invocation speakers, in Brevard County and throughout America: He offered words of encouragement by focusing on the shared values that unite our communities," said Alex J. Luchenitser, AU's associate vice president and associate legal director. "Elected officials across the country should follow the wise example Brevard County has now set by ensuring that no one is denied an opportunity to solemnize governmental meetings because of their beliefs about religion.”
Jan 25, 2021“We at Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcome President Joe Biden’s commitment to embracing the diversity that makes our nation strong," said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of AU. "He demonstrated this commitment today with his executive order repealing Trump’s cruel and unwise ban on transgender people serving in our military, which was spurred by Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Council. Layer by layer, the Biden-Harris administration is taking steps to remove the stain of hatred, division and discrimination left by the previous administration."
Jan 20, 2021"President Biden’s swift action to end the Muslim and African Ban, which was driven by clear hostility toward Muslims and their faith, rights a terrible wrong," said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United. "It is a crucial first step toward reuniting families and demonstrating President Biden's commitment to protecting the rights of religious minorities."
Jan 19, 2021“When providing social services, our federal government’s top priority should be to ensure that vulnerable people get the help they need without sacrificing their religious freedom or civil rights,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United. “The Trump administration’s unlawful rules do the opposite – they strip critical protections from people who rely on social services and force people to choose between obtaining services they desperately need and remaining true to their personal religious beliefs and identities."
Jan 19, 2021“The Trump Administration is forcing colleges to choose between protecting students and losing federal funding, or allowing discrimination against students in order to keep federal financial assistance," said Richard B. Katskee, AU legal director. "That is unfair, unlawful, and just plain wrong. Discrimination has no place in our public colleges and universities."