Americans United is supporting the students, parents, employees and community members who are asking a federal appeals court to rule unconstitutional a California school board’s practice of opening public meetings with Christian prayers and proselytizing during those meetings.
After receiving a letter from Americans United in June informing them that a big cross atop their chapel and Bibles inside it violate church-state separation, Eastern Central University (ECU) officials in Ada, Okla., decided to form a committee to review the situation.
On July 4, many newspapers across the country ran a full-page ad placed by the Hobby Lobby corporation. Headlined “God Bless America,” the ad’s purpose is to imply that Christianity once had a prominent place in American law and government but was forced out by the mean old courts.
“We can influence national policy today,” writes Americans United’s 2017 essay contest winner Lekha Sunder in her first-place essay on Gloucester County School Board v. Gavin Grimm, the court case in which Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student from Virginia, challenged his school board for segregating him from his peers by forcing him to use a single-stall restroom in the nurse’s office, rather than the men’s restroom that aligns with his gender.
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.
We need your help now more than ever to defend the Johnson Amendment – a provision of the tax code that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose candidates.
Several members of Congress are working with the Trump-Pence administration and have introduced legislation in an effort to – in the president's own words – “totally destroy the Johnson Amendment."