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Remembering James Dunn: Baptist Champion Of Religious Freedom

When I began working for Americans United in 1987, one thing confused me: Why were there so many Southern Baptists hanging around?

Southern Baptists were the enemy – or so I thought. After all, they were extremely conservative and always advocating things like school prayer amendments and anti-LGBT legislation. Read more

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

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

While I’m certainly not recommending that you get into an argument with your Uncle Lou who watches too much Fox News, I acknowledge that it might happen. If it does and the topic of America as a “Christian nation” comes up, here is some information you might find useful. Read more

Display Defeated: Okla. Supreme Court Strikes Down Statehouse Ten Commandments Monument

The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently said a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the capitol building in Oklahoma City is unconstitutional. This is not only a big win for those who value church-state separation, it’s also a serious blow to the idea that government-sponsored religious symbols are merely ceremonial. Read more

Radical Reactions: Yes, The Religious Right Is Freaking Out Over The Marriage Equality Ruling

The Washington Post over the weekend published a rather silly column online by Judd Birdsall, managing director of the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies, asserting that opponents of same-sex marriage had reacted gracefully to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Finally Free: What the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling Means to Me

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is a personal reflection by Gary Wright, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that sought to end Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The legal action was sponsored by Americans United and three other groups. Read more

‘It’s Complicated’: What Happens If The Supreme Court Splits The Difference In The Marriage Cases?

Editor’s Note: This blog post is the third and final in a series by Americans United’s Legal Department examining possible outcomes in the marriage equality case currently pending before the Supreme Court. This post discusses what will likely happen if the high court issues a split decision.  Read more

Memo To The Religious Right: When It Comes To Marriage, You Don’t Speak For All People Of Faith

Nothing stokes the ire of my soul more than political blowhards and mouthpieces of the Religious Right who blatantly misrepresent millions of people of faith when they piously proclaim the evils of marriage equality in America.

Let me be perfectly clear: I am a Christian and have been since officially proclaiming so at age 10 in the oldest Baptist church in Charleston, S.C. Baptist DNA runs through my veins as the names of Roger Williams, John Leland and Walter Rauschenbusch are permanently etched into my personal and theological psyche. Read more

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