Trump Military Transgender Ban Largely Blocked

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has blocked Pres­ident Donald J. Trump’s attempts to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the ban, wh ... Read »

HHS Department Pushes ‘Faith-Based’ Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  has issued a formal request for information to help it figure out how to remove “barriers” it claims faith-based organi­zations face when seeking taxpayer funding. Dena Sher, Americans United’s assistant l ... Read »

A Big Thank You To Barry Lynn

A Big Thank You To Barry Lynn I don’t consider myself a hero worshipper... but wait, if a hero is someone whom I respect and admire, then Barry Lynn is one of my heroes. Each time I receive a Church & State issue, the first page I turn to is the one w ... Read »

Race And Religion

A New Book Examines Christianity’s Place Within White Nationalism In The United States

Blood & Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism by Damon T. Berry, Syracuse University Press, 268 pp. When the white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlot­tesville, Va., occurred in August, the Religious Right was not fazed. Members of the ... Read »

Watchman On The Wall

Americans United Chapter Activist Charles Sumner Reflects On Decades Of Defending Separation Of Church And State

Editor’s Note: Charles Sumner is a longtime Americans United member and activist. He is the founder and former president of Americans Uni­ted’s Nashville Chapter, and is a mem­ber of AU’s National Leadership Coun­cil. Before founding AU’s Nash­ville Chapt ... Read »

Contraceptive Clash

AU And Allies File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration’s New Birth Control Rules

As promised when President Donald Trump announced his attack on women’s health care, Americans United has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the administration’s new regulations that allow employers and universities to use religion as an excuse to deny s ... Read »

Empowering Activists

AU’s Annual Meeting Helps Religious Freedom Advocates Build Skills To Maintain The Church-State Wall

Church-state separation advocates followed a night of celebrating Americans United’s past by planning for its future. On Nov. 3, the day after AU’s gala event honoring Executive Director Barry W. Lynn and AU’s 70th anniversary, dozens of activists and sup ... Read »