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Sandra Day O'Connor

Americans United Statement on the Death of Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, acknowledged the death of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the court. While O'Connor's record on church-state separation was mixed overall, she clearly understood the vital role religious freedom plays in America and how separation protects it, and became increasingly supportive of church-state separation during the latter years of her tenure.

Bible on a school desk

Faith Leaders, Education Advocates, and Parents Seek To Join Oklahoma Attorney General’s Lawsuit Opposing Operation of a Religious Public Charter School

A group of faith leaders, public-education advocates, and public-school parents – who are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed on July 31, 2023, to stop Oklahoma from sponsoring and funding the nation’s first religious public charter school – are seeking to join a similar lawsuit recently filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond.

Aimee Maddonna with her children

Federal court misapplies SCOTUS to rule against Aimee Maddonna, Catholic S.C. woman rejected by Miracle Hill Ministries

Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser said the U.S. District Court in South Carolina's "reasoning and application of recent Supreme Court precedent is erroneous" in the ruling against AU’s client Aimee Maddonna, a Catholic mother of three who was rejected by Miracle Hill Ministries, a government-contracted foster care agency in South Carolina, because she’s the ‘wrong’ religion.


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