Oct 06, 2017
Guidance issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice this morning that purports to protect religious freedom is actually a license to discriminate, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“This is as serious as it gets. As a result of the Trump administration guidance, millions of Americans could be relegated to second-class citizenship,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Anyone who cares about civil rights, fairness and equality has to pay attention right now. Treating one faith or one group of people as second-class citizens threatens the religious freedom that protects us all.”
Oct 06, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced plans today to sue the Trump administration to block new regulations that let employers and universities use religion as an excuse to refuse to cover birth control on their employees’ and students’ health insurance plans. An earlier version of the rule was leaked to the media in May but the proposed regulations were formally issued today.
“Religious freedom is about fairness – it does not give anyone the right to deny women access to birth control. The Trump administration’s regulations violate the First Amendment and are a huge step backward for women’s health and equality,” said Maggie Garrett, Americans United’s legislative director.
Oct 06, 2017
Washington, DC – Last night, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and Southern Poverty Law Center filed Muslim Advocates v. Department of Homeland Security to compel the Trump administration to release critically important details on how an individual may obtain a waiver under the Muslim ban executive order.
Oct 02, 2017“This is the third time that President Trump has tried to implement the Muslim ban, and it's still designed to exclude people because of their religious beliefs. The only thing that’s really different here is that the Trump administration is now trying to make this appalling ban permanent," said AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee. "Religious freedom is about fairness. When we treat one group of people unfairly because of their religious beliefs, that's a threat to the religious freedom of all Americans.”
Oct 01, 2017
A federal court last night struck down the Brevard County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners’ policy of excluding non-theists from giving opening invocations, a ruling that is being hailed by the groups that sponsored the litigation.
In its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida said a local governing body cannot limit its invocation speakers to those from monotheistic religions.