During my time as executive director of Americans United, I’ve always looked for opportunities to advance the cause of church-state separation by reaching new audiences. That’s why I am pleased to share that thanks to the online streaming service Concert Window, a fabulous show benefitting Americans United will be available August 3 to anyone who wants to watch it – regardless of where you live.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit to stop the town of Acton, Mass., from spending taxpayer funds to support two local churches.
In legal action filed today on behalf of 13 Acton taxpayers, Americans United says officials in Acton violated the Massachusetts Constitution when they approved Community Preservation Act grants for Acton Congregational Church and South Acton Congregational Church.
A federal court recently decided that “Pastafarianism,” also known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), is satire rather than a real religion that must be accorded First Amendment protections.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska in an April decision asserted that no one would seriously believe that the church was real. To believe such a thing, the court ruled, a person would have to have failed in “basic reading comprehension.”
Americans United has expressed concern over a Massachusetts town’s decision to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars to repair a historic church.
A Massachusetts Catholic school discriminated against a gay man when it rescinded a job offer because of his sexual orientation, a court ruled recently.
Matthew Barrett was hired as director of food services for Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls school in Milton, in 2013. But Barrett’s job offer was cancelled soon after he accepted because he listed his husband as an emergency contact.
Then-Fontbonne head Mary Ellen Barnes told Barrett that his same-sex relationship was “inconsistent” with Catholic doctrine. Barrett sued, calling the move discriminatory.
In November, I wrote a blog post about the Catholic bishops and their complaints after the church was denied a federal contract to assist victims of human trafficking. Today I’d like to report on an interesting sequel to that controversy.
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.
It's not often that Massachusetts falls under Americans United's microscope. But this week, the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) has brought the New England state to our attention.
The group, a state affiliate of James Dobson's Focus on the Family, has succeeded in finding bipartisan sponsors for legislation that will "ensure the existing free speech rights of religious students" while they are in school.
My family and I enjoyed a nice vacation last week in Boston and its environs. The weather was clear, and the days were full.
We spent some time at the beach, but like dads everywhere, I made sure to mix a little education in with our recreation. Thus, we trooped along Boston's celebrated "Freedom Trail" (in 96-degree heat!), visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord and spent a day in Salem.