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Trump Administration Rules Strip Religious-Freedom Protections From Vulnerable People Who Rely On Taxpayer-Funded Social Services

“These latest Trump administration rules undermine the civil rights and religious freedom of millions of our country’s most vulnerable people who rely on social services," said AU CEO Rachel Laser. "People should never be forced to choose between obtaining taxpayer-funded services they desperately need and remaining true to their personal religious beliefs and identity. 

Americans United Denounces Trump Administration Rule That Allows Federal Contractors To Use Religion To Discriminate Against Workers

“It’s unconscionable, though hardly surprising, that the lame-duck Trump administration would expand the ability of federal contractors – who employ one-fifth of the American workforce – to use religious litmus tests to hire or fire employees for jobs paid for with taxpayer dollars. It’s especially heartless that the Trump administration would advance this policy in the midst of a global public health and economic crisis," said AU CEO Rachel Laser.

Supreme Court Undermines Religious Freedom And Public Health By Ruling Against New York Health Order 

“The Supreme Court’s order misuses religious freedom and endangers the public health of everyone in New York," said Americans United CEO Rachel Laser. "With coronavirus cases spiking across the country, we should be heeding the advice of public health experts who recommend limiting large gatherings. COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate between religious and secular gatherings; on numerous occasions, infections at houses of worship have led to major outbreaks in surrounding communities."

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Supreme Court Should Let Stand New York’s COVID-19 Public Health Order That Protects Both Religious Freedom And Public Health

“Gov. Cuomo’s order does not violate religious freedom; it ensures religious freedom is not misused to endanger people’s lives,” AU President and CEO Rachel Laser said. “As Thanksgiving and many religious holidays approach, we sympathize with the families and faith communities yearning to come together to celebrate, worship and find solace at the end of a challenging year. But religious freedom should not be wielded as a sword that results in harm to the community."

Americans United Calls On President-Elect Biden To Reverse Trump And Adopt Policies That Respect The Separation Of Church And State

“Now more than ever, we need to take a stand for church-state separation," said Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser. "Americans United looks forward to working with the Biden administration to make sure the United States lives up to its ideals of being a place where people of all faiths and none are welcome, equal and free to practice their beliefs as they choose, as long as they don't harm others.”

Americans United Urges Supreme Court To Protect Freedom of Religion And Vulnerable Children In Foster Care

“Our government has a duty to protect vulnerable children in the foster care system and ensure they are placed in safe homes with loving families,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United. “Taxpayer-funded child-placement agencies should never be allowed to use religious litmus tests to turn away qualified parents who are the ‘wrong’ religion or are LGBTQ."

Church-State Separation Endangered With Amy Coney Barrett On The Supreme Court

“The Trump administration and Senate Republicans continued their assault on the constitutionally guaranteed right of religious freedom with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court," said AU President and CEO Rachel Laser. "Barrett’s record, speeches, writing and professional affiliations have all demonstrated hostility to the separation of religion and government, which protects every American’s right to believe as we choose, as long as we don’t harm others."

Americans United Opposes Supreme Court Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett, A Foe Of Church-State Separation

“Americans United opposes the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett because her record demonstrates hostility toward church-state separation – the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom for all," said AU President and CEO Rachel Laser. "In America, we are all free to believe or not as we choose, as long as we don’t harm others. “Barrett does not respect this ‘do no harm’ principle."

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