Nov 01, 2011

An activist for religious liberty rights in the military and a high school student who stood up for separation of church and state in Texas will be honored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State during a special ceremony Nov. 7.

Americans United will bestow its first-ever “Person of the Year Award” on Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Weinstein has worked doggedly to protect the wall of separation between church and state in the military and ensure that the rights of all service personnel are protected.

Corwyn Schultz, a recent graduate of Medina Valley High School in Castroville, Texas, who serves as a plaintiff in an AU-sponsored lawsuit challenging school-sponsored prayers during graduation ceremonies, will receive AU’s “Religious Liberty Award.”

Weinstein and Schultz will receive the awards at a ceremony that will take place during a meeting of the Americans United Board of Trustees Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C.

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn said both Weinstein and Schultz have shown great courage in their stands in support of church-state separation.

“We’re lucky to have activists like Mikey Weinstein and Corwyn Schultz on our side,” said Lynn. “Our First Amendment freedoms are stronger today because people like Mikey and Corwyn have been willing to take a stand.”

Added Lynn, “We’re honoring Mikey and Corwyn for their energy, activism and enthusiasm. They saw problems and stepped up to make them right. We’re pleased to honor them for their achievements.”