Religious freedom laws should be a shield to protect religious freedom, not a sword used to harm others. But this year, as in past sessions, legislators continue to introduce so-called religious freedom bills that would allow taxpayer-funded social service providers, individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate and deny people their rights.
Today we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. After nearly a year of the Trump-Pence administration’s unwavering attacks on the freedom of religion and belief, some might wonder what there is to celebrate. But today, we can be thankful for the fact that Americans United has been successful in fighting many of the administration’s reckless assaults on this core freedom.
Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.
As the nation pauses to remember the civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American figure thought about church-state issues.
Earlier this week, we promised to highlight a few issues where we expect to see the biggest fights in state legislatures this year. Just as in years past, we know we will fight bills dealing with religion in public schools.
Washington Post religion writer Michelle Boorstein has been trying to reach members of President Donald Trump’s evangelical council to see if they have anything to say about his latest crude outburst. So far, it has been crickets. I suspect that’s all Boorstein will get.
There’s no doubt that religious freedom was under attack in 2017 and religious minorities especially faced many threats to their religious freedom. That’s why in 2018, Americans United has partnered with allies to resolve to get to know our neighbors in the Know Your Neighbor New Year’s resolution campaign. We’re inviting you to join us.
It’s January, and that means state legislatures around the country are coming back in session. As of today, legislatures in 27 states and two territories have gaveled in. Another six start tomorrow. We’ll be working to defend religious freedom in each one of them.
In fact, just a few days into January, we are already monitoring more than 160 bills that would affect religious freedom. These bills would create private school voucher programs, allow people and organizations to use religion to discriminate and unconstitutionally allow religion in public school curricula.