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Marriage, reproduction and other privacy issues are some of the intimate and personal matters affecting Americans. As much as possible, decisions about these issues should be left to the individual. Government must refrain from basing policy in these areas on any group's theology. Laws in this area should reflect secular rationales and, as much as possible, respect private choice and individual rights.

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

Jewish Groups Stand Up For Church-State Separation

In the debates over school vouchers and President George W. Bush's so-called "faith-based" initiative, there is a constant dilemma for religious organizations: stand for the founding principles of our republic or accept government money. The suffering economy has hurt the coffers of many congregations and the promise of government dollars can be difficult to resist.

Senator Booked Moon's Room, But He Didn't Know For Whom...

The mystery has been solved. We now know who arranged for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon to get space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building March 23 for the self-proclaimed messiah's coronation. U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) admitted yesterday that he got the room for the controversial Korean evangelist – but he says he did so unknowingly.

Republican Revival?: David Barton's Partisan Pulpit Tour

For years, a self-proclaimed historian named David Barton has traveled the nation, offering fundamentalist Christian audiences a cut-and-paste version of American history that intends to prove that separation of church and state is a myth and that America's founders intended for the United States to be a "Christian nation."

Roy Moore's Ten Commandments Road Show

Three years ago this month, Roy Moore, then chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, waited until the end of the day and then arranged to have a two-and-a-half ton Ten Commandments monument placed in the lobby of the state Judicial Building.

The action sparked a lawsuit. Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center joined forces to challenge Moore's religious display on behalf of state residents. Moore lost at every level, and when he refused to remove the monument anyway, was removed from the court.

In Memory Of Sidney G. Schempp

An unsung heroine of church-state separation died on Monday, July 5, of liver disease in Castro Valley, Calif. Sidney G. Schempp, 91, was a key figure in one of the most controversial church-state cases in American history. The decision that bears her family's name, Abington Township School District v. Schempp, barred school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools.

Kansas Panel Addresses Questions Of Church Electioneering

Recent political debates have left some religious leaders confused about the legal ins and outs of their role in this campaign year. The eagerness of some preachers to advocate on both sides of marriage amendment debate risk the tax-exempt status of their churches if they cross the boundary into partisan politicking. In an attempt to clear the air, top law enforcement officials in Kansas convened an unprecedented summit to discuss current tax law governing church electioneering.

Sen. Frist's Missionary Positioning: Playing Politics With The Constitution

Any doubts that the Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment was a Religious Right-driven election-year scheme should have evaporated the morning of July 14. With the vote just minutes away, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) took time out from his busy schedule to conduct a live interview on TV preacher Pat Robertson's "700 Club" program.

Robertson introduced Frist as "the man who has led the fight on this issue from the start" and asked him a series of softball questions, mostly designed to give Frist an opportunity to attack the Democrats.

Bigotry At Lunch: Md. Delegate Bashes Dissenting Senior

Like a lot of older folks, Maryland resident Margaret Sayre enjoys taking meals at a nearby senior center. She doesn't have to cook and gets some social interaction at the same time.

But there was one thing about the practice that bothered Sayre: The meals at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center open with Christian prayers led by an attendee. Sayre says she had no problem when the meals opened with a moment of silence, but when Christian prayers became the norm, she wondered if that was appropriate at a government-funded facility.

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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

Jewish Groups Stand Up For Church-State Separation

In the debates over school vouchers and President George W. Bush's so-called "faith-based" initiative, there is a constant dilemma for religious organizations: stand for the founding principles of our republic or accept government money. The suffering economy has hurt the coffers of many congregations and the promise of government dollars can be difficult to resist.

Senator Booked Moon's Room, But He Didn't Know For Whom...

The mystery has been solved. We now know who arranged for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon to get space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building March 23 for the self-proclaimed messiah's coronation. U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) admitted yesterday that he got the room for the controversial Korean evangelist – but he says he did so unknowingly.

Republican Revival?: David Barton's Partisan Pulpit Tour

For years, a self-proclaimed historian named David Barton has traveled the nation, offering fundamentalist Christian audiences a cut-and-paste version of American history that intends to prove that separation of church and state is a myth and that America's founders intended for the United States to be a "Christian nation."

Roy Moore's Ten Commandments Road Show

Three years ago this month, Roy Moore, then chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, waited until the end of the day and then arranged to have a two-and-a-half ton Ten Commandments monument placed in the lobby of the state Judicial Building.

The action sparked a lawsuit. Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center joined forces to challenge Moore's religious display on behalf of state residents. Moore lost at every level, and when he refused to remove the monument anyway, was removed from the court.

In Memory Of Sidney G. Schempp

An unsung heroine of church-state separation died on Monday, July 5, of liver disease in Castro Valley, Calif. Sidney G. Schempp, 91, was a key figure in one of the most controversial church-state cases in American history. The decision that bears her family's name, Abington Township School District v. Schempp, barred school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools.

Kansas Panel Addresses Questions Of Church Electioneering

Recent political debates have left some religious leaders confused about the legal ins and outs of their role in this campaign year. The eagerness of some preachers to advocate on both sides of marriage amendment debate risk the tax-exempt status of their churches if they cross the boundary into partisan politicking. In an attempt to clear the air, top law enforcement officials in Kansas convened an unprecedented summit to discuss current tax law governing church electioneering.

Sen. Frist's Missionary Positioning: Playing Politics With The Constitution

Any doubts that the Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment was a Religious Right-driven election-year scheme should have evaporated the morning of July 14. With the vote just minutes away, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) took time out from his busy schedule to conduct a live interview on TV preacher Pat Robertson's "700 Club" program.

Robertson introduced Frist as "the man who has led the fight on this issue from the start" and asked him a series of softball questions, mostly designed to give Frist an opportunity to attack the Democrats.

Bigotry At Lunch: Md. Delegate Bashes Dissenting Senior

Like a lot of older folks, Maryland resident Margaret Sayre enjoys taking meals at a nearby senior center. She doesn't have to cook and gets some social interaction at the same time.

But there was one thing about the practice that bothered Sayre: The meals at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center open with Christian prayers led by an attendee. Sayre says she had no problem when the meals opened with a moment of silence, but when Christian prayers became the norm, she wondered if that was appropriate at a government-funded facility.

Pages

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

Jewish Groups Stand Up For Church-State Separation

In the debates over school vouchers and President George W. Bush's so-called "faith-based" initiative, there is a constant dilemma for religious organizations: stand for the founding principles of our republic or accept government money. The suffering economy has hurt the coffers of many congregations and the promise of government dollars can be difficult to resist.

Senator Booked Moon's Room, But He Didn't Know For Whom...

The mystery has been solved. We now know who arranged for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon to get space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building March 23 for the self-proclaimed messiah's coronation. U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) admitted yesterday that he got the room for the controversial Korean evangelist – but he says he did so unknowingly.

Republican Revival?: David Barton's Partisan Pulpit Tour

For years, a self-proclaimed historian named David Barton has traveled the nation, offering fundamentalist Christian audiences a cut-and-paste version of American history that intends to prove that separation of church and state is a myth and that America's founders intended for the United States to be a "Christian nation."

Roy Moore's Ten Commandments Road Show

Three years ago this month, Roy Moore, then chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, waited until the end of the day and then arranged to have a two-and-a-half ton Ten Commandments monument placed in the lobby of the state Judicial Building.

The action sparked a lawsuit. Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center joined forces to challenge Moore's religious display on behalf of state residents. Moore lost at every level, and when he refused to remove the monument anyway, was removed from the court.

In Memory Of Sidney G. Schempp

An unsung heroine of church-state separation died on Monday, July 5, of liver disease in Castro Valley, Calif. Sidney G. Schempp, 91, was a key figure in one of the most controversial church-state cases in American history. The decision that bears her family's name, Abington Township School District v. Schempp, barred school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools.

Kansas Panel Addresses Questions Of Church Electioneering

Recent political debates have left some religious leaders confused about the legal ins and outs of their role in this campaign year. The eagerness of some preachers to advocate on both sides of marriage amendment debate risk the tax-exempt status of their churches if they cross the boundary into partisan politicking. In an attempt to clear the air, top law enforcement officials in Kansas convened an unprecedented summit to discuss current tax law governing church electioneering.

Sen. Frist's Missionary Positioning: Playing Politics With The Constitution

Any doubts that the Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment was a Religious Right-driven election-year scheme should have evaporated the morning of July 14. With the vote just minutes away, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) took time out from his busy schedule to conduct a live interview on TV preacher Pat Robertson's "700 Club" program.

Robertson introduced Frist as "the man who has led the fight on this issue from the start" and asked him a series of softball questions, mostly designed to give Frist an opportunity to attack the Democrats.

Bigotry At Lunch: Md. Delegate Bashes Dissenting Senior

Like a lot of older folks, Maryland resident Margaret Sayre enjoys taking meals at a nearby senior center. She doesn't have to cook and gets some social interaction at the same time.

But there was one thing about the practice that bothered Sayre: The meals at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center open with Christian prayers led by an attendee. Sayre says she had no problem when the meals opened with a moment of silence, but when Christian prayers became the norm, she wondered if that was appropriate at a government-funded facility.

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June 2017 Church & State

Out Of Order

Trump’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Directives Set The Stage For Attacks On Real Liberty, Says Americans United

November 2016 Church & State

No Moore Embarrassment

Alabama's Controversial Chief Justice Loses His Job — Again