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Americans United Vows To Fight The Religious And Political Extremism Behind The Jan. 6, 2021, Attack On Our Democracy

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement acknowledging today’s anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol:

“One year ago today, armed radicals determined to overthrow the results of a free and fair election assaulted our Capitol. Many hoisted crosses and other religious symbols as they took their anti-democratic, Christian nationalist crusade to the heart of American democracy – and they came much too close to succeeding.

“Church-state separation is a foundational democratic principle: It ensures freedom and equality for every American. The adversaries of real religious freedom are the adversaries of democracy. On this somber anniversary, we at Americans United for Separation of Church and State recommit ourselves to the best values of our Founders. We invite all who cherish our country’s promise of freedom without favor and equality without exception to join us in fighting to uphold these values against the dangerous forces of religious and political extremism.”

Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

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