Jul 20, 2017
Today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Brennan Center for Justice and Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Trump administration seeking the release of detailed information regarding several important but overlooked provisions of the Muslim ban Executive Order: “extreme vetting” policies targeting certain visa applicants and a worldwide review of visa vetting and screening processes to identify additional countries to add to the list of targeted countries.
Jul 19, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes today’s U.S. Supreme Court order rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to bar grandparents and other extended family members through its Muslim ban executive order.
Jul 14, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Mississippi residents and organizations challenging the state’s House Bill 1523 – the misnamed “religious freedom” law that encourages discrimination in the name of religion.
“This law harms countless Mississippians by telling them that, because of someone else’s religion, they are not equal,” said Richard B. Katskee, legal director of Americans United. “Our laws should be a shield used to protect religious freedom, not a sword used to harm others.”
Jul 13, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued the following statement today as the House Appropriations Committee narrowly voted down (24-28) an amendment with bipartisan support from Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Texas) that would have protected the Johnson Amendment:
“Majorities of all major American religious groups oppose efforts to bring tax-exempt houses of worship into the business of endorsing and opposing candidates,” said Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United. “We thank Rep. Wasserman-Schultz and the other House leaders who stood up today to fight so that churches aren’t used as political tools.”
Jul 13, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today welcomed the re-introduction of the Do No Harm Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and 50 other co-sponsors.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. Our country is strongest when we are all free to believe or not, as we see fit, and to practice our faith without hurting others,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The Do No Harm Act will protect the religious freedom of all Americans.”