Jul 29, 2021

Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) demanding to know during a Senate confirmation hearing whether Hampton Dellinger, Pres. Biden’s nominee to as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, believes in god:

“In a democracy that values the fundamental American principle of church-state separation, U.S. senators don’t get to ask a nominee for public office whether they believe in god during a Senate hearing. That’s a flat-out violation of our Constitution’s promise that there is no religious test for public office. It’s also grossly hypocritical to witness Sen. Kennedy, who claims to be a champion of religious freedom, so blatantly deny that freedom to others.”

Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Learn more at www.au.org.

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