Americans United Hails Federal Appeals Court’s Ruling In Mich. Government Prayer Case

Court Notes That Resident Who Brought Case Was Ridiculed By Jackson County Officials

A federal appeals court today ruled that county commissioners in Jackson County, Mich., may not open their meetings by personally delivering prayers that are exclusively Christian in nature.

The case, Bormuth v. County of Jackson, was brought by a local resident who is a Druid and who opposed the prayer policy. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in Peter Bormuth’s favor.

Americans United says the court made the right call.

Americans United Files Brief In Va. Lawsuit Challenging Trump ‘Muslim Ban’

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls Executive Order ‘Constitutionally And Morally Indefensible’

President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should remain on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Sessions’ Views on Religious Freedom Are Alarming, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Says Senate Should Have Rejected Attorney General Nominee

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has expressed alarm over the Senate’s confirmation of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. attorney general, asserting that Sessions doesn’t respect basic constitutional principles that guarantee equality and justice, including guarantees of religious freedom.

Americans United and Southern Poverty Law Center Explain Church-State Problems of Trump’s Muslim Ban in Brief to Appeals Court

Advocacy Groups Say Executive Order Violates Religious Freedom Rights

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries is effectively a Muslim ban and should immediately be put on hold, according to a legal brief filed today by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Americans United Files Brief In Washington State Lawsuit Challenging Trump ‘Muslim Ban’

Attorneys With Watchdog Group Travel To Seattle For Court Hearing Today

President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should be put on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Attorneys with Americans United yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump. They also traveled to Seattle for a hearing on the matter today.

Senate Should Reject Gorsuch Nomination To Supreme Court, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Says Nominee’s Views On Religious Freedom Are Too Extreme

Neil Gorsuch’s extreme views on separation of church and state make him unfit for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Gorsuch, currently a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the high court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016.

Americans United says Gorsuch is the wrong person for this important job.

Trump Executive Order On Refugees and Immigrants Undercuts America’s Tradition Of Religious Freedom, Says Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump that has the effect of shutting down our borders to refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority nations.

“President Trump just acted to fulfill his promise to ban Muslim refugees and immigrants,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “He has abandoned our nation’s commitment to religious freedom, and he’s turning away those seeking safe harbor and a better life. This action is fundamentally un-American.” 

Americans United Announces Support For Jan. 21 Women’s March In Washington, D.C.

Church-State Watchdog Opposes Religious Right Efforts To Restrict Women’s Rights

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it will be one of the partners supporting the Women’s March on Washington.

The Jan. 21 event will make a stand to remind the nation – and the world – that women’s rights are human rights. Participants will speak out against the rising tide of divisive rhetoric, much of it aimed at vulnerable communities, that marred the recent election season.

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