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.
Sep 18, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined allied religious and civil-rights organizations and members of the clergy today in telling the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom.
“Religious freedom is about fairness. We don’t treat people differently because their beliefs are different from ours,” said Americans United Legal Director Richard B. Katskee. “President Trump’s Muslim ban is anathema to the Constitution. When the Supreme Court hears this case next month, we urge the justices to come down on the right side of history by holding that the ban violates America’s fundamental promise of religious freedom.”
Aug 30, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Fairness West Virginia and the law firm Mayer Brown LLP today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a West Virginia same-sex couple who was harassed by a Gilmer County clerk who cited religious objections to marriage equality.
When high-school sweethearts Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover asked for a marriage license on Feb. 3, 2016, they were subjected to a rant by Gilmer County Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen, who called the women an “abomination” to God and said their marriage shouldn’t be legal.
Aug 23, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed a federal appeals court’s ruling rejecting an effort by a public high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., to pray with students after games.
Joe Kennedy, an assistant coach at Bremerton High School, was placed on administrative leave in 2015 after he refused to stop praying on the 50-yard line at the end of the school football games. He then decided not to reapply to be a coach.