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Americans should have the right to believe (or not believe) in God as the individual's right of conscience dictates. The government cannot compel anyone to attend, or refrain from attending, a religious service. In most cases, religious groups must abide by the secular law, although limited exemptions may be carved out in some cases. As advocates for religious freedom, we stand for the right of everyone to believe or not believe, but no one's religion should be an excuse to do harm to others.

PROTECT THY NEIGHBOR is Americans United's campaign to prevent the use of religion to discriminate against and otherwise cause harm to individuals. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

A Proposed Mississippi Law Would Force Public School Teachers To Recite The Ten Commandments

Last week, Mississippi lawmaker, Rep. Credell Calhoun (D), introduced a bill that would require public schools to post the Ten Commandments in every classroom, auditorium and cafeteria, and require teachers to read to the Ten Commandments aloud to their class each morning. In addition, the bill would also require all schools to begin each day with a 60-second moment of reflection.

Tony Perkins Admits Religious Right Support For Trump Is All About Politics, Not Principle

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has just admitted something that has been obvious for quite some time: Right-wing evangelicals have no intention of criticizing President Donald Trump, no matter how low he goes, as long as he keeps delivering for them.

We’re Fighting Private School Voucher Programs To Keep Public Money In Public Schools

Public schools are open to all students regardless of race, religion or ability. They are a unifying force in our society. Private school vouchers undermine our public schools by funneling desperately needed public resources away from them to fund the education of a few students at private, religious schools.

Vouchers also harm fundamental principles of religious freedom. Each of us should get to decide how – and whether – to support religion. But private school vouchers use public money to fund primarily religious education.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Md. Case That Upheld Church-State Separation By Rejecting Request For Tax Funding Of Religious Education

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

A Proposed Mississippi Law Would Force Public School Teachers To Recite The Ten Commandments

Last week, Mississippi lawmaker, Rep. Credell Calhoun (D), introduced a bill that would require public schools to post the Ten Commandments in every classroom, auditorium and cafeteria, and require teachers to read to the Ten Commandments aloud to their class each morning. In addition, the bill would also require all schools to begin each day with a 60-second moment of reflection.

Tony Perkins Admits Religious Right Support For Trump Is All About Politics, Not Principle

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has just admitted something that has been obvious for quite some time: Right-wing evangelicals have no intention of criticizing President Donald Trump, no matter how low he goes, as long as he keeps delivering for them.

We’re Fighting Private School Voucher Programs To Keep Public Money In Public Schools

Public schools are open to all students regardless of race, religion or ability. They are a unifying force in our society. Private school vouchers undermine our public schools by funneling desperately needed public resources away from them to fund the education of a few students at private, religious schools.

Vouchers also harm fundamental principles of religious freedom. Each of us should get to decide how – and whether – to support religion. But private school vouchers use public money to fund primarily religious education.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Md. Case That Upheld Church-State Separation By Rejecting Request For Tax Funding Of Religious Education

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

A Proposed Mississippi Law Would Force Public School Teachers To Recite The Ten Commandments

Last week, Mississippi lawmaker, Rep. Credell Calhoun (D), introduced a bill that would require public schools to post the Ten Commandments in every classroom, auditorium and cafeteria, and require teachers to read to the Ten Commandments aloud to their class each morning. In addition, the bill would also require all schools to begin each day with a 60-second moment of reflection.

Tony Perkins Admits Religious Right Support For Trump Is All About Politics, Not Principle

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has just admitted something that has been obvious for quite some time: Right-wing evangelicals have no intention of criticizing President Donald Trump, no matter how low he goes, as long as he keeps delivering for them.

We’re Fighting Private School Voucher Programs To Keep Public Money In Public Schools

Public schools are open to all students regardless of race, religion or ability. They are a unifying force in our society. Private school vouchers undermine our public schools by funneling desperately needed public resources away from them to fund the education of a few students at private, religious schools.

Vouchers also harm fundamental principles of religious freedom. Each of us should get to decide how – and whether – to support religion. But private school vouchers use public money to fund primarily religious education.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Md. Case That Upheld Church-State Separation By Rejecting Request For Tax Funding Of Religious Education

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.

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January 2018 Church & State

365 Days Later

President Donald Trump Has Spent A Year Relentlessly Attacking Religious Freedom – But Opponents Are Fighting Back

January 2018 Church & State

A Back Door Ban?

The Trump Administration’s ‘Extreme Vetting’ Ideological Test Looks Like Another Attempt To Restrict Muslim Entry Into America

November 2017 Church & State

Trans Targets

Having Lost The Legal Fight Over Marriage Equality, The Religious Right Is Increasingly Attacking The Transgender Community

November 2017 Church & State

Block The Ban

Americans United Says Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 Is Still Unconstitutional – And Still Un-American

October 2017 Church & State

Singing From A Different Hymnal

Trump’s Church-State Policies Are Spurring Dissenting Religious Groups To Stand Up To The Extremism Of The Religious Right

October 2017 Church & State

West Virginia Win!

Americans United And Allies Secure Settlement For Couple Who Endured Anti-LGBTQ Harassment When They Sought To Marry

October 2017 Church & State

Let Them Eat Cake

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide If A Bakery Can Use Religion As An Excuse To Deny Services To Same-Sex Couples