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The Bold And The Brave: Saluting Those Who Stand Up For The Church-State Wall

On Tuesday I flew to New England to speak to a humanist group in Worcester, Mass. It was a great event, and I pleased to see so many people venture out on a cold night to hear what I had to say.

As I surveyed the crowd from the podium, I spotted an old friend in the third row: Ellery Schempp. Read more

Dear Friends Of Religious Freedom: A Timely Letter From Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson and the Baptists didn’t have much in common when it came to theology.

Jefferson, a deist, thought the moral teachings of Jesus were sublime, but he didn’t believe in the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus or the inerrancy of the Bible. He thought the miracles reported in the New Testament were myths, and he considered the Christian doctrine of the Trinity incomprehensible.

Needless to say, his founding-era Baptist compatriots disagreed – to put it mildly. Read more

Rutherford Road Trip: An Interesting Conversation With Interns, Ex-Theocrats and Even Two Liberty U. Students

If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would one day be giving a lecture at the Rutherford Institute (TRI), I would have scoffed.

“The Rutherford Institute!” I probably would have snorted. “They don’t support church-state separation! Why would I want to talk to them?”

Yet there I was yesterday in Charlottesville, Va., talking to a crowd of Rutherford interns and residents of the community (including three Americans United members). In fact, this was the third summer running that I’ve spoken at TRI. Read more

Welcome To Washington, President Obama!

It's Inauguration Day, and much of Washington, D.C., official and non-official, is closed. That includes Americans United.

Many Americans are celebrating today. Even those who did not vote for Barack Obama can take a minute to reflect upon another transition of power in the world's most vibrant democracy. We are all fortunate to be a part of that. Read more

Good Gifts: Holiday Ideas For The Church-State Separationist On Your List

The holidays are coming up fast, and it's time to think about the special people on your list (or what you might like to put on your own).

With that thought in mind, here are some items related to religious liberty and church-state that you might like to give (or receive) as gifts. Read more

Love Sidney: Americans United Loses One Of Its Most Faithful Florida Activists

As Florida faces some of its most challenging church-state separation battles, Americans United members in the state will do so without one of our best advocates.   It is with great sadness that I share with you news that AU member Sidney Goetz of St. Petersburg has died. Read more

Really Big Show: First Freedom First Event To Air In Theaters Wednesday (Good Seats Still Available In Many Areas)

Do you have your free tickets to the national simulcast of "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church and State...but Were Afraid to Ask!" yet?

If not, you better hurry! The event is just two days away and tickets are going fast. Thirty-seven theaters (up from the original 25) nationwide will run the simulcast this Wednesday evening.

Did I mention that's just two days from today? Read more

Coming Attraction!: First Freedom First Event To Play In Theaters Nationwide

In today's world, the separation of church and state is about so much more than school prayer or faith-based funding. Did you know the topic encompasses issues like reproductive healthcare, science education, end of life care, marriage, and medical research? Read more