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Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2017

There’s no denying that 2017 was a tough year for advocates of religious freedom and church-state separation. Yet despite the barrage of assaults from the Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration, Americans United saw important victories in and out of court.

As we look ahead to 2018, here’s a list of what are, in our opinion, the top 10 church-state stories from 2017:

I Went To The Museum Of The Bible On Saturday, And Here Is What I Saw

If you were anywhere near Washington, D.C., over the weekend, you probably heard about the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible – the $500-million facility funded largely by the evangelical Christian Green family that runs the Hobby Lobby craft store chain.

The Rev. Barry Lynn, AU’s executive director who will retire next week, was invited to tour the museum on Saturday, and I tagged along. I came away with mixed feelings about the place.

An Amazing Gala Celebrates Barry Lynn And Americans United

Last night, more than 400 people gathered at the National Geographic Society in the heart of Washington, D.C., to celebrate Executive Director Barry W. Lynn on the occasion of his retirement and mark the 70th anniversary of Americans United.

I’m a little biased, of course, but this was an awesome event. Barry was surrounded by friends, colleagues, AU members and well-wishers who saluted him for his remarkable 25 years at the helm of Americans United.

What A Long, Satisfying Trip It Has Been: Farewell And Thanks!

I was introduced at a New York City fundraiser in 1975 by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as a “young man who I think has signed on to the long haul for social justice.”

Over the years, whenever I considered moving into a trade association or a for-profit company, I thought about that introduction and lost interest in those other jobs. Indeed it has already been a long haul – and it isn’t over yet.

W.Va. County Apologizes For Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couple Who Applied For A Marriage License

Last year, Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover were harassed by a West Virginia county clerk who ranted at them as they applied for a wedding license. The clerk called them an “abomination” and declared her belief that the same-sex couple shouldn’t be allowed to marry.

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