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Americans United: Supreme Court Forces Taxpayers To Fund Religious Education

Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement, a call to end all private school vouchers, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today in Carson v. Makin that wrongly forces states to fund religious education under the guise of non-discrimination: “The ultra-conservative majority of the […]

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Leaked Supreme Court Opinion Overturning Abortion Rights Foretells The Religious Extremist Assault On Our Democracy

May 3, 2022 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to reports of a leaked Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Alito and joined by Justices Thomas, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett that would overturnRoe v. Wade: Justice Alito’s draft opinion makes clear […]

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Rachel Laser: After Arguments in Carson v. Makin, Americans United Calls Out Hypocrisy in Taxpayer Funding of Religious Education

December 8, 2021 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Carson v. Makin: Today’s oral arguments in Carson v. Makin revealed that the Court’s conservative justices may be poised to turn America’s foundational […]

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Americans United Applauds U.S. Sen. Booker’s Introduction Of Do No Harm Act – A Bill To Uphold Religious Freedom

Americans United for Separation of Church and State applauds U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) for re-introducing the Do No Harm Act today in the U.S. Senate. This critical bill will preserve the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s power to protect religious freedom, while also clarifying that it may not be used to harm others. Rachel Laser, […]

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Ethan Magistro: White Evangelicals’ Religion-Based Science Denialism Is Slowing Vaccination Rates

Although close, the United States fell short of President Joe Biden’s July 4 goal to have 70% of Americans receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. So far about 65% of Americans have received a first dose, but the rate of vaccination is steadily declining. While vaccine hesitancy was high among various groups at the beginning […]

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Rob Boston: Trump Adviser Unleashes Error-Filled Attack On Separation Of Church And State

July 29, 2020 – During a recent campaign event, Jenna Ellis, an adviser to President Donald Trump, cut loose with the old Religious Right chestnut that separation of church and state isn’t part of the Constitution. “The left is going to tell you there’s this separation of church and state, and that’s just nowhere in […]

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Supreme Court Protects Religious Freedom, Public Health By Allowing California Order To Stand

May 30, 2020 – Tonight, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request for a religious exemption to California’s public health order that temporarily limits both religious and secular gatherings – a measure enacted to protect people from the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Casting the deciding vote in a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts […]

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Religious Services Shouldn’t Be Excluded From Bans Against Large Gatherings To Protect Public Health From Coronavirus, Says AU

April 8, 2020 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State praised faith communities that are protecting public health by halting in-person worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged government officials to follow the guidance of public health experts and not exempt religious services from temporary bans against gatherings of large groups of […]

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Rachel Laser: State Department Declaring Secretary Pompeo a “Christian Leader” Mocks Church-State Separation

Oct. 15, 2019 – Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to the U.S. State Department declaring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “Christian Leader”: It’s perfectly fine for Secretary Pompeo to be a leader who is Christian. But he cannot use his government position to impose his faith […]

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Americans United Denounces Trump Administration’s Rule to Promote Employment Discrimination by Government Contractors

August 14, 2019 – Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s proposed rule, announced today, that would misuse religious freedom to allow taxpayer-funded employment discrimination against women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and other marginalized people: “We believe no […]

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Americans United CEO Testifies on Capitol Hill: Reject Efforts to Use Religion to Justify Discrimination

June 25, 2019 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser today testified before the House Education and Labor Committee to urge members of Congress to support the Do No Harm Act and crack down on the Trump-Pence administration’s misuse of religious freedom to justify discrimination. During the hearing, […]

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Rob Boston: Supreme Court Says A Cross On Government Land In Maryland Can Stay. What Now?

June 20, 2019 – So what happened at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning with the Bladensburg Cross? Americans United’s attorneys have been poring over the decision in American Legion v. American Humanist Association. It’s fairly complicated; just about every justice had something to say. Here’s a quick analysis: The majority allowed the cross to […]

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Americans United, Lambda Legal, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Santa Clara County Urge Court to Immediately Halt Implementation of Denial of Care Rule

June 12, 2019 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Lambda Legal, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Santa Clara County late yesterday urged the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to block implementation of the Denial of Care Rule to protect patients nationwide while the coalition’s lawsuit challenging the rule […]

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Liz Hayes: Abortion Is A Church-State Separation Issue. That’s Why We Need To Stop The Bans.

May 26, 2019 – The aggressive abortion ban bills being considered in states across the country may not explicitly mention religion, but it’s clear that these bills and the restrictive policies they propose are religiously motivated. Take Alabama, for example: Last week, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law a total abortion ban, which provides […]

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Rob Boston: Not Bothered By Religious Displays On Government Property? Good For You. Many Others Still Are.

Dec. 18, 2018 – AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee took part in a symposium last week sponsored by the popular website SCOTUSblog, which covers cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard was among several writers commenting on a pending case challenging the government’s display of a 40-foot-tall cross in Bladensburg, Md. The cross has […]

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Liz Hayes: Kellyanne Conway Blames Comedians, Not Trump’s Inflammatory Rhetoric, For Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Oct. 30, 2018 – A reminder to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway and other presidential advisers attempting to distance Trump’s ongoing inflammatory rhetoric from Saturday’s mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue: Words matter. Trump has built his political career by fueling the flames of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia, by bolstering the legitimacy of white Christian […]

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Liz Hayes: Values Voter Summiters Make The Case For Using Religion To Harm Others

Sept. 24, 2018 – During the Values Voter Summit (VVS) over the weekend, leaders and followers of the Religious Right made clear they plan to continue their attempts to weaponize religious freedom as a means to justify discrimination, particularly against LGBTQ people and women. Undermining the wall of separation between church and state was a […]

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Liz Hayes: White Evangelical Christians Are Only Religious Group To Approve Of Trump, Country’s Direction

July 23, 2018 – A new poll confirms that white evangelical Christians have very different views from just about everyone else on the state of America – which makes the influence they’re trying to exert over policy decisions in our federal and state governments all the more alarming. “White evangelical Protestants are sitting in their […]

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Americans United Denounces Supreme Court Opinion Permitting Implementation Of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

June 26, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaii that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, a policy that blocks travel to the United States by people from several Muslim-majority nations, may remain in place. Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United, issued the following statement: “The Supreme […]