May 30, 2018“The Trump administration’s new rules have two major problems: They hurt women and they misuse religious freedom in the process,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of AU. “Religious freedom laws should protect people, not harm them. These rules cannot be squared with the Constitution or our core values.”
May 22, 2018“The Do No Harm Act will ensure that we honor two core American values: religious freedom and the promise of equal protection under the law,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United.
May 21, 2018“The U.S. House of Representatives’ practice of having overwhelmingly Christian and monotheistic invocations does not reflect the religious pluralism of today’s America,” said Rachel Laser, AU’s president and CEO. “The chaplains offering invocations to the House should reflect this religious diversity.”
May 18, 2018“This law does a great disservice to kids in care. Those children deserve loving, stable homes, and providing them should be Kansas’ first priority. Senate Bill 284 works against that principle by allowing state-funded agencies to turn away prospective parents – in the name of religion – because they’re a same-sex couple, interfaith, previously divorced or the ‘wrong religion.’ This law is indefensible," said AU President and CEO Rachel Laser.
May 11, 2018“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. So is protecting our children. Senate Bill 1140 violates both of these core principles," said AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett. "Religion should never be used as an excuse to discriminate or cause harm to others, but this law gives taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies the authority to do just that."