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America’s founders crafted a constitution that separated church and state. They believed this was the best mechanism for protecting the rights of all. Their efforts have paid off handsomely. The United States enjoys unprecedented levels of religious liberty, expanding pluralism and a high degree of inter-faith harmony. None of this would have been possible without the wisdom of our founders. Despite this record of success, opponents of church-state separation are trying to rewrite American history to promote their ideas of an officially “Christian nation.” This section debunks these discredited claims and provides sound historical materials.

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

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Md. Case That Upheld Church-State Separation By Rejecting Request For Tax Funding Of Religious Education

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.

We’re Watching To Make Sure State Legislatures Don’t Permit Religion To Be Used To Discriminate

Religious freedom laws should be a shield to protect religious freedom, not a sword used to harm others. But this year, as in past sessions, legislators continue to introduce so-called religious freedom bills that would allow taxpayer-funded social service providers, individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate and deny people their rights.

On Religious Freedom Day, Let’s Recommit To Defend That Vital Principle

Today we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. After nearly a year of the Trump-Pence administration’s unwavering attacks on the freedom of religion and belief, some might wonder what there is to celebrate. But today, we can be thankful for the fact that Americans United has been successful in fighting many of the administration’s reckless assaults on this core freedom.

No, Martin Luther King Would Not Have Agreed With The Religious Right

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember the civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American figure thought about church-state issues.

Once Again The President Said Something Outrageous, And Once Again His Religious Right Allies Don’t Seem To Care

Washington Post religion writer Michelle Boorstein has been trying to reach members of President Donald Trump’s evangelical council to see if they have anything to say about his latest crude outburst. So far, it has been crickets. I suspect that’s all Boorstein will get.

Join Us And Resolve To Get To Know Your Neighbor

There’s no doubt that religious freedom was under attack in 2017 and religious minorities especially faced many threats to their religious freedom. That’s why in 2018, Americans United has partnered with allies to resolve to get to know our neighbors in the Know Your Neighbor New Year’s resolution campaign. We’re inviting you to join us. 

State Legislatures Are Ready To Go, And So Are We! (And You Can Be, Too)

It’s January, and that means state legislatures around the country are coming back in session. As of today, legislatures in 27 states and two territories have gaveled in. Another six start tomorrow. We’ll be working to defend religious freedom in each one of them.

In fact, just a few days into January, we are already monitoring more than 160 bills that would affect religious freedom. These bills would create private school voucher programs, allow people and organizations to use religion to discriminate and unconstitutionally allow religion in public school curricula.

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

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Md. Case That Upheld Church-State Separation By Rejecting Request For Tax Funding Of Religious Education

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.

We’re Watching To Make Sure State Legislatures Don’t Permit Religion To Be Used To Discriminate

Religious freedom laws should be a shield to protect religious freedom, not a sword used to harm others. But this year, as in past sessions, legislators continue to introduce so-called religious freedom bills that would allow taxpayer-funded social service providers, individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate and deny people their rights.

On Religious Freedom Day, Let’s Recommit To Defend That Vital Principle

Today we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. After nearly a year of the Trump-Pence administration’s unwavering attacks on the freedom of religion and belief, some might wonder what there is to celebrate. But today, we can be thankful for the fact that Americans United has been successful in fighting many of the administration’s reckless assaults on this core freedom.

No, Martin Luther King Would Not Have Agreed With The Religious Right

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember the civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American figure thought about church-state issues.

Once Again The President Said Something Outrageous, And Once Again His Religious Right Allies Don’t Seem To Care

Washington Post religion writer Michelle Boorstein has been trying to reach members of President Donald Trump’s evangelical council to see if they have anything to say about his latest crude outburst. So far, it has been crickets. I suspect that’s all Boorstein will get.

Join Us And Resolve To Get To Know Your Neighbor

There’s no doubt that religious freedom was under attack in 2017 and religious minorities especially faced many threats to their religious freedom. That’s why in 2018, Americans United has partnered with allies to resolve to get to know our neighbors in the Know Your Neighbor New Year’s resolution campaign. We’re inviting you to join us. 

State Legislatures Are Ready To Go, And So Are We! (And You Can Be, Too)

It’s January, and that means state legislatures around the country are coming back in session. As of today, legislatures in 27 states and two territories have gaveled in. Another six start tomorrow. We’ll be working to defend religious freedom in each one of them.

In fact, just a few days into January, we are already monitoring more than 160 bills that would affect religious freedom. These bills would create private school voucher programs, allow people and organizations to use religion to discriminate and unconstitutionally allow religion in public school curricula.

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

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Md. Case That Upheld Church-State Separation By Rejecting Request For Tax Funding Of Religious Education

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.

We’re Watching To Make Sure State Legislatures Don’t Permit Religion To Be Used To Discriminate

Religious freedom laws should be a shield to protect religious freedom, not a sword used to harm others. But this year, as in past sessions, legislators continue to introduce so-called religious freedom bills that would allow taxpayer-funded social service providers, individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate and deny people their rights.

On Religious Freedom Day, Let’s Recommit To Defend That Vital Principle

Today we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. After nearly a year of the Trump-Pence administration’s unwavering attacks on the freedom of religion and belief, some might wonder what there is to celebrate. But today, we can be thankful for the fact that Americans United has been successful in fighting many of the administration’s reckless assaults on this core freedom.

No, Martin Luther King Would Not Have Agreed With The Religious Right

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember the civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American figure thought about church-state issues.

Once Again The President Said Something Outrageous, And Once Again His Religious Right Allies Don’t Seem To Care

Washington Post religion writer Michelle Boorstein has been trying to reach members of President Donald Trump’s evangelical council to see if they have anything to say about his latest crude outburst. So far, it has been crickets. I suspect that’s all Boorstein will get.

Join Us And Resolve To Get To Know Your Neighbor

There’s no doubt that religious freedom was under attack in 2017 and religious minorities especially faced many threats to their religious freedom. That’s why in 2018, Americans United has partnered with allies to resolve to get to know our neighbors in the Know Your Neighbor New Year’s resolution campaign. We’re inviting you to join us. 

State Legislatures Are Ready To Go, And So Are We! (And You Can Be, Too)

It’s January, and that means state legislatures around the country are coming back in session. As of today, legislatures in 27 states and two territories have gaveled in. Another six start tomorrow. We’ll be working to defend religious freedom in each one of them.

In fact, just a few days into January, we are already monitoring more than 160 bills that would affect religious freedom. These bills would create private school voucher programs, allow people and organizations to use religion to discriminate and unconstitutionally allow religion in public school curricula.

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Church & State
December 2016 Church & State

Pickney's Promise

Two Hundred and Thirty Years Ago, An Obscure Founding Father Put Something Very Important Into The U.S. Constitution

March 2016 Church & State

Debunker Of Lies

Chris Rodda Refutes 'Christian Nation' Pseudo-Historian David Barton In New Book

February 2016 Church & State

A Wall For All

Church-State Separation Protects Everyone, But Non-Religious Americans Have Special Reasons For Supporting It

February 2016 Church & State

Presidential Proclamations

U.S. Chief Executives Have Said Some Wonderful Things About Separation Of Church And State Over The Years. Here Are Ten Great Ones.

February 2016 Church & State

The Last Political Taboo?

The U.S. Constitution Forbids 'Religious Tests' For Public Office, But When It Comes To Non-Believers, Many Voters Have Decided To Impose One Anyway

January 2016 Church & State

Holy Hysteria

A New Look At The Salem Witch Trials