As they say, all good things must come to end.
I’m sad to report that today is my last day at Americans United. I’m heading on to a new communications position at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, where I promise to keep up the good fight.
But before I go, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on my past three-plus years here at AU. It has been a lot of fun. I’ve met great people who I am going to miss, and I have had some very interesting experiences that I’ll always remember.
Here are the top five:
Did you know that I’m an “enemy of what is good about America”? And if you support Americans United, well, then you must be, too!
But that’s what Mark Ramsey, a blogger at Texas GOP Vote believes.
In a blog post, he asked:
“Why does the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State exist? They are enemies of what is good about America. Why does the ACLU exist? They are enemies of what made this country the envy of the world.”
The right-wing Alliance Defense Fund sent out a fundraising email this week that sounded a familiar Religious Right theme.
“You’ve likely heard the phrase: ‘the separation of church and state,’” it said. “But did you know it’s NOT in the U.S. Constitution? The phrase has been misused by opponents of the Gospel IN OUR OWN COURTS to erode your freedom. It’s a distortion of what the First Amendment intended.”
The Dalai Lama really gets it.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is in Washington, D.C., to lead a 10-day peace festival at a venue just a few blocks from Americans United’s national office.
The Washington Post has been reporting on the event. Yesterday the newspaper mentioned the Dalai Lama’s longtime support of the separation of church and state.
Every year around the National Day of Prayer (NDP) – which occurred last Thursday – Americans United gets really busy.
Media outlets and various interest groups want to hear our take on the government-mandated day to pray, which started in 1952 when Congress passed a federal statute ordering the president to declare a prayer day each year. (In 1998, the NDP was codified as the first Thursday of every May.)
Earlier this week, I talked about how important it is for young people today to know their rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.
There are many misconceptions out there about what the First Amendment says. As adults, we often forget that these fallacies can affect kids from an early age.
It is almost Halloween, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised when media monsters lurch into the public square, trick or treating for publicity.
Yesterday, William Donohue appeared as a "Guest Voice" at the "On Faith" section of The Washington Post's Web site. (Really, Post folks, what were you thinking?)
Is Americans United for Separation of Church and State "one of the most dangerous organizations in America"?
Mat Staver seems to think so.
Staver, dean of the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University Law School and president of Liberty Counsel, went on a tiresome tirade about AU in today's edition of One News Now, the wacky Wildmon family's "news service."
What could have provoked Staver's ire?