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Religious groups have the right to speak out on political and social issues. Federal law, however, prohibits most tax-exempt bodies, including houses of worship, from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office. Churches are not political action committees and should not act like them. Religious leaders should abide by the law and refrain from turning their congregations into cogs in a political machine.

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In 1996, Americans United launched Project Fair Play to educate religious leaders and other Americans about tax exemption and political activity. We send informational letters to clergy, and we file complaints with the IRS when there are egregious violations.

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

N.Y. Times, Washington Post Flunk 'Intelligent Design'

Two of the nation's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have published strong editorials opposing the introduction of "intelligent design" creationism into public school science classes. The editorials focus, in part, on the lawsuit - brought by Americans United and the ACLU - challenging promotion of the religiously grounded concept in the Dover, Pa., schools.

Ralph Reed's Ambition: The White House or Bust?

'Tis the season for prospective candidates to start putting feelers out for elections to be held this year, next year or even for presidential races in the distant future. It is in this spirit that Ralph Reed is said to be seeking the job of Georgia lieutenant governor.

According to the Washington Times, "Associates say Mr. Reed, 43, whose picture first appeared on the cover of Time magazine nearly 10 years ago, hopes to use the lieutenant governor's job to position himself to run for Georgia governor."

Tea Absentee: First Lady Skips Roy Moore Event

It looks like First Lady Laura Bush won't be sitting down to tea with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore any time soon.

The first lady had been invited to a "First Ladies Inaugural Tea Honoring First Lady Laura Bush" that takes places Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by a group calling itself "the First Ladies' Tea Committee," features Moore as special guest speaker.

Anti-Evolution Stickers Come Unglued In Cobb County, Ga.

A federal court in Georgia today struck down a policy in Cobb County public schools that required pasting a sticker critical of evolution in biology textbooks.

The court held that the anti-evolution disclaimer was clearly adopted after a pressure campaign mounted by fundamentalists who oppose the teaching of evolution.

Holiday Humbug: 'Christmas Carol' Wasn't Banned By School

Fueled by shoddy reporting and right-wing bombast, the myth that Christmas is being banned spread across America in December.

As noted by Media Matters for America, newspaper columnists, right-wing shouting heads and TV preachers spent much of the month fulminating about supposed attempts by groups, such as Americans United and the ACLU, to kick God out of the public square or to "take Christ out of Christmas."

The Envelope Please: Church & State Wins Kudos From Utne

Church & State has just received notification that it has won a major award from the magazine Utne (formerly Utne Reader ).

The editors of Utne awarded Church & State a "General Excellence Award" for best newsletter in its 2004 Independent Press Awards competition.

The awards are an annual event celebrating independent publishing. Speaking of its 2004 winners, Utne noted, "All are brimming with the creative energy and freedom of thought that make them this year's best of the independent press."

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

N.Y. Times, Washington Post Flunk 'Intelligent Design'

Two of the nation's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have published strong editorials opposing the introduction of "intelligent design" creationism into public school science classes. The editorials focus, in part, on the lawsuit - brought by Americans United and the ACLU - challenging promotion of the religiously grounded concept in the Dover, Pa., schools.

Ralph Reed's Ambition: The White House or Bust?

'Tis the season for prospective candidates to start putting feelers out for elections to be held this year, next year or even for presidential races in the distant future. It is in this spirit that Ralph Reed is said to be seeking the job of Georgia lieutenant governor.

According to the Washington Times, "Associates say Mr. Reed, 43, whose picture first appeared on the cover of Time magazine nearly 10 years ago, hopes to use the lieutenant governor's job to position himself to run for Georgia governor."

Tea Absentee: First Lady Skips Roy Moore Event

It looks like First Lady Laura Bush won't be sitting down to tea with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore any time soon.

The first lady had been invited to a "First Ladies Inaugural Tea Honoring First Lady Laura Bush" that takes places Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by a group calling itself "the First Ladies' Tea Committee," features Moore as special guest speaker.

Anti-Evolution Stickers Come Unglued In Cobb County, Ga.

A federal court in Georgia today struck down a policy in Cobb County public schools that required pasting a sticker critical of evolution in biology textbooks.

The court held that the anti-evolution disclaimer was clearly adopted after a pressure campaign mounted by fundamentalists who oppose the teaching of evolution.

Holiday Humbug: 'Christmas Carol' Wasn't Banned By School

Fueled by shoddy reporting and right-wing bombast, the myth that Christmas is being banned spread across America in December.

As noted by Media Matters for America, newspaper columnists, right-wing shouting heads and TV preachers spent much of the month fulminating about supposed attempts by groups, such as Americans United and the ACLU, to kick God out of the public square or to "take Christ out of Christmas."

The Envelope Please: Church & State Wins Kudos From Utne

Church & State has just received notification that it has won a major award from the magazine Utne (formerly Utne Reader ).

The editors of Utne awarded Church & State a "General Excellence Award" for best newsletter in its 2004 Independent Press Awards competition.

The awards are an annual event celebrating independent publishing. Speaking of its 2004 winners, Utne noted, "All are brimming with the creative energy and freedom of thought that make them this year's best of the independent press."

Pages

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

N.Y. Times, Washington Post Flunk 'Intelligent Design'

Two of the nation's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have published strong editorials opposing the introduction of "intelligent design" creationism into public school science classes. The editorials focus, in part, on the lawsuit - brought by Americans United and the ACLU - challenging promotion of the religiously grounded concept in the Dover, Pa., schools.

Ralph Reed's Ambition: The White House or Bust?

'Tis the season for prospective candidates to start putting feelers out for elections to be held this year, next year or even for presidential races in the distant future. It is in this spirit that Ralph Reed is said to be seeking the job of Georgia lieutenant governor.

According to the Washington Times, "Associates say Mr. Reed, 43, whose picture first appeared on the cover of Time magazine nearly 10 years ago, hopes to use the lieutenant governor's job to position himself to run for Georgia governor."

Tea Absentee: First Lady Skips Roy Moore Event

It looks like First Lady Laura Bush won't be sitting down to tea with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore any time soon.

The first lady had been invited to a "First Ladies Inaugural Tea Honoring First Lady Laura Bush" that takes places Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by a group calling itself "the First Ladies' Tea Committee," features Moore as special guest speaker.

Anti-Evolution Stickers Come Unglued In Cobb County, Ga.

A federal court in Georgia today struck down a policy in Cobb County public schools that required pasting a sticker critical of evolution in biology textbooks.

The court held that the anti-evolution disclaimer was clearly adopted after a pressure campaign mounted by fundamentalists who oppose the teaching of evolution.

Holiday Humbug: 'Christmas Carol' Wasn't Banned By School

Fueled by shoddy reporting and right-wing bombast, the myth that Christmas is being banned spread across America in December.

As noted by Media Matters for America, newspaper columnists, right-wing shouting heads and TV preachers spent much of the month fulminating about supposed attempts by groups, such as Americans United and the ACLU, to kick God out of the public square or to "take Christ out of Christmas."

The Envelope Please: Church & State Wins Kudos From Utne

Church & State has just received notification that it has won a major award from the magazine Utne (formerly Utne Reader ).

The editors of Utne awarded Church & State a "General Excellence Award" for best newsletter in its 2004 Independent Press Awards competition.

The awards are an annual event celebrating independent publishing. Speaking of its 2004 winners, Utne noted, "All are brimming with the creative energy and freedom of thought that make them this year's best of the independent press."

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Church & State
June 2017 Church & State

Out Of Order

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

February 2017 Church & State

Prayers Or Politics?

President Donald Trump Wants To Allow Houses Of Worship To Intervene In Partisan Elections Yet Remain Tax Exempt

January 2017 Church & State

Snake Oil Solution

Why Repealing The Ban On Pulpit Politicking Is A Colossally Bad Idea

December 2016 Church & State

Payback Time

Donald Trump Won the White House With Strong Support From Religious Right Groups. What Will They Get In Return?

November 2016 Church & State

Pulpit Politicking Panned

Americans United Reminds Faith Leaders To Focus On Issues, Not Candidates