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:

Americans United Urges Supreme Court To Stop Colorado Bakery From Using Religion To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Civil-Rights Advocates Assert Masterpiece Cakeshop Violates Constitution By Treating Some Customers Like Second-Class Citizens

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by six civil-rights and religious organizations, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that a Colorado bakery does not have a religious-freedom right to refuse to serve same-sex couples in violation of the state’s antidiscrimination laws.

IAAB v. Trump Team Praises Ruling Blocking Muslim Ban 3.0

Early this morning, Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a ruling in Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump, blocking the Trump administration from implementing Muslim Ban 3.0, which was scheduled to go into full effect today. Judge Chuang’s ruling follows a hearing on Monday afternoon in his courtroom where the plaintiffs in IAAB v. Trump as well as two other related actions, requested a preliminary injunction.

Federal Court Puts New Trump ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ On Hold

Americans United Hails Move Against Discriminatory Policy

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes today’s ruling by a federal court in Hawaii granting a temporary restraining order against the latest version of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. This is the third Muslim ban that Trump has tried, and all have been invalidated. 

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