Americans United Hails 9th Circuit Opinion That Trump’s Muslim Ban Should Be Blocked

Church-State Watchdog & Allies Filed Brief In Support Of Hawaii Because Muslim Ban 3.0 Violates Religious Freedom

Americans United for Separation of Church and State applauded today’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed a lower court’s opinion that President Donald J. Trump’s Muslim ban should be blocked from going into effect.

Americans United Legal Director Richard B. Katskee released the following statement:

“We applaud the 9th Circuit for recognizing that Muslim Ban 3.0, just like the two previous versions, continues to harm Muslim Americans, who are being cruelly kept apart from their families and loved ones.

Americans United Welcomes Federal Court Ruling Blocking Trump Birth Control Regulations

A federal court in Pennsylvania today issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of Trump administration rules that allow employers and universities to restrict employees’ and students’ access to birth control by citing religious or moral objections.

Americans United is litigating a similar legal challenge to the Trump regulations.

Kelly Percival, an attorney with Americans United, issued the following statement:

Attempt To Undermine Johnson Amendment Removed From Tax Bill

Americans United Calls On Congress To Cease Attacks On Provision That Protects Integrity Of Houses Of Worship

Senate Democrats last night announced that they removed a provision from the tax bill that would have essentially repealed the Johnson Amendment.

The Johnson Amendment, a 63-year-old provision in federal law that protects the integrity of elections and tax-exempt nonprofits – including houses of worship – has been the focus of attacks by President Donald J. Trump, who once vowed to “totally destroy” it. 

Americans United Legislative Director Maggie Garrett released the following statement:

Muslim Ban Plaintiffs’ Statement On IAAB v. Trump Hearing

Today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., will hear arguments in three related legal challenges, including Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump, to the Trump administration’s latest version of its Muslim ban. The hearing comes after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the ban to go into full effect while these suits and another in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are under consideration.

Supreme Court Allows Trump Muslim Ban To Go Into Effect As Cases Move Forward

Americans United Vows To Continue Fighting Against The Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon ruled 7-2 to allow President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban to go into full effect while several legal challenges to it move through the courts.

Americans United is litigating one of the cases challenging the ban. The plaintiffs in the case, IAAB v. Trump, are represented by Americans United, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in consultation with the National Iranian American Council.   

National Coalition For Public Education Criticizes Inclusion Of Hatch School Voucher Amendment In Senate Tax Bill

Today, an amendment was included in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that would provide tax incentives to parents who educate their children in private religious schools by enabling them to receive a tax deduction on the cost of tuition.

The National Coalition for Public Education, a group co-chaired by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

Americans United And Allies Urge Federal Appeals Court To Uphold Church-State Separation In Pensacola Cross Case

Religious And Civil-Rights Groups Say Constitutional Principle Of Religious Freedom Relies On Government Not Endorsing Specific Faiths

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by 13 religious and civil-rights organizations, today urged a federal appeals court to support religious freedom by affirming that a towering cross erected in the City of Pensacola’s Bayview Park is unconstitutional because it is a clear example of government endorsing religion.

Americans United Denounces House Tax Bill That Undermines The Johnson Amendment And Public Schools

Legislation Turns Nonprofits, Including Houses Of Worship, Into Tax-Exempt Partisan Campaign Organizations; Expands School Voucher-Like Program

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would essentially repeal the Johnson Amendment. This 63-year-old provision in federal law protects the integrity of our elections and tax-exempt nonprofits, including houses of worship, by ensuring the organizations don’t endorse or oppose candidates for public office.