Jun 26, 2017
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer that the state of Missouri must give taxpayer funding to a house of worship – a blow to our country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:
“This ruling undermines the bedrock principle that no American should be forced to support a religion against his or her will. The religious freedom protections enshrined in state constitutions are worth more than resurfacing a playground.
Jun 26, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will hear an appeal in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case of a Colorado baker who claimed his religious beliefs justified his refusal to serve same-sex couples.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the high court should use the case to make it clear that religious-freedom claims don’t override antidiscrimination laws.
Jun 12, 2017
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Donald J. Trump did not have the authority to issue his executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
The court today upheld a preliminary injunction in State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump, a case in which Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a friend-of-the-court brief that was joined by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice; the Southern Poverty Law Center; seven Christian clergy members; and The Riverside Church in New York City.
Jun 05, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in a trio of cases concerning pensions at religiously affiliated hospitals could jeopardize the financial security of hundreds of thousands of workers, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The high court ruled 8-0 that religiously affiliated hospitals don’t have to comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a federal law designed to protect employee pensions. Houses of worship are exempt from ERISA, and a number of religiously affiliated hospitals claimed they should be as well.
May 31, 2017
The Trump administration plans to issue new regulations that could allow any employer to refuse to cover birth control in their employees’ health care plans by citing religious or moral objections.
Richard B. Katskee, legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, responded:
“Religious freedom is a fundamental value, but it doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate against others or make medical decisions for them. Access to safe and affordable birth control is critical to women’s health and equality. Using religion as an excuse to jeopardize women's access to basic health care is discrimination, plain and simple. If the rule is made final, we will fight it at every turn.”