The Religious Right's War On LGBT Americans

Church, State and your Freedom at Risk!

A central tenet of the American way of life is individual freedom. All of us should be able to make our own decisions about our private affairs without interference from far-right religious organizations that seek to impose a narrow interpretation of the Bible on everyone. Religious Right pressure groups do not support personal choice. Instead, they oppose church-state separation and seek political power to mandate their doctrines. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people would be especially hard hit if the Religious Right succeeds. Here’s why.

Religion In Public Schools

Why It's A Church/State Separation Issue

Americans United fights to protect the religious freedom of public school students and their parents by ensuring that our public schools do not favor—or disfavor—any religious beliefs.

Private School Vouchers

Why They're A Church/State Separation Issue

Americans United fights to oppose private school vouchers because they are a threat to public education and religious freedom.

Protect Thy Neighbor

Because Religion Is No Excuse To Harm Others

We stand for equality, fairness, and religious freedom. Everyone should be free to believe or not believe, but people’s religious beliefs should not be used to harm their neighbors.

Unwilling to accept the advances in LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and reproductive health, religious extremists are asking state legislatures, Congress, and the courts for a trump card to undermine this progress. They want to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to deny healthcare, refuse to provide services, and disobey laws protecting Americans from discrimination and abuse.

First Freedom First

A Citizen's Guide To Protecting Religious Liberty And The Separation Of Church And State

In First Freedom First, with clear language and recognizable examples, two of the most trusted voices on church-state separation address head-on the many areas where religion and politics overlap, with consequences for all Americans.

A New Era of Inequality?

Hobby Lobby and Religious Exemptions from Anti-Discrimination Laws

In this article from the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Americans United Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser discusses the potential impact of "religious freedom" bills designed to exempt private and public entities from anti-discrimination measures. 


Should You Pay Taxes

To Support Religious Schools?

Who should make the decision about how much money you contribute to religious groups — you or the government? Most Americans would have no trouble answering that question. All of us want the right to freely make our own choices about religion. Yet an increasingly influential coalition of religious and political leaders is working to undercut that right by requiring taxpayer support for religious schools. The fate of church-state separation hangs in the balance.

Religion in the Public Schools:

A Road Map for Avoiding Lawsuits and Respecting Parents’ Legal Rights

Is school prayer ever permissible? Can a teacher teach about religion in history class? Does creationism belong in a science course? Do students have to learn about things that are against their religion? Questions about the proper role of religion in public education continue to reverberate across the nation. With our country becoming increasingly diverse, it’s important that educators, principals, superintendents, school board members, parents and students understand what public schools can and cannot do when it comes to religion.

The 'Faith-Based' Initiative

Churches, Social Services And Your Tax Dollars

In recent years, elected officials have increasingly advocated giving public funds to religious institutions to provide social services. During his tenure in the White House, President George W. Bush made the “faith-based” initiative a top priority of his domestic policy. Today, President Barack Obama advocates continuing the initiative with certain revisions. Fundamentalist Christian groups are pushing for broad public funding without adequate controls on how the money is used. The rights of every American are at stake. Here’s why.

Is America A Christian Nation?

Religion, Government and Religious Freedom

Is the United States a "Christian nation"? Some Americans think so. Religious Right activists and right-wing television preachers often claim that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation. Even some politicians agree. If the people who make this assertion are merely saying that most Americans are Christians, they might have a point. But those who argue that America is a Christian nation usually mean something more, insisting that the country should be officially Christian. The very character of our country is at stake in the outcome of this debate.

Piety & Politics:

The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom

AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn explains why we must maintain the church-state wall.

America's Legacy of Religious Liberty - Pass it On

America's Legacy of Religious Liberty - Pass it On

Who should decide when and how you pray? Who should decide how much money you donate to religion? Who should decide how often you attend worship services?

Religion, Partisan Politics And Tax Exemption

What Federal Law Requires And Why

Every weekend, millions of Americans attend houses of worship to hear sermons, study scripture and participate in other religious activities. If some politicians and Religious Right activists have their way, however, people in the pews might soon be doing other things during services – listening to partisan political speeches, being solicited for campaign contributions and getting instructions about whom to vote for on Election Day.