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Fireworks For The Fourth: No, The United States Was Not Founded To Be A ‘Christian Nation’

Note: Today’s blog post originally ran in 2015 to mark Independence Day. For more information about the “Christian nation” myth, see this Americans United brochure.

Today is Independence Day, and many of us will be meeting up with family for cook-outs, picnics, reunions and other events.

Pickney's Promise

By Simon Brown

In the spring of 1787 at Mary House’s boarding house in Philadelphia, Charles Pinckney, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from South Carolina, and other soon-to-be framers of the U.S. Constitution, may have come up with a radical idea during their after-dinner conversations: No one should be disqualified from running for public office in the new United States based on their religious beliefs.

Summer's Must-Have Accessory: Pocket Constitutions

Every summer, I have the pleasure of attending the National Conference of State Legislatures annual conference. I am AU’s State Legislative Counsel and this conference, the biggest gathering of state legislators and staff in the country, gives us with the opportunity to educate state legislators and their staff, about AU, our mission, and how we can work with them to fight for religious freedom.