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In certain contexts, government is permitted to make reasonable accommodations for citizens’ religious needs. Prisons may hire chaplains for inmates. The military, which often removes service members from their home communities for posting elsewhere, has an extensive network of chaplains. In these cases, government must take steps to ensure that all citizens are treated equally and that rights are respected. Military chaplains, for example, should focus on providing requested religious activities and not engage in unwanted proselytizing.

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Jim Daly Of Focus On The Family Says Only Christian Coaches Can Help Students Build Character

A couple weeks ago, church–state separation scored a huge touchdown when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Washington public high school could ask its football coach not to lead students in prayer after games. But some don’t seem to be reacting very well to the court’s decision.

Far-Right Evangelicals Are Sticking With Trump Because They Lust For Power And Control

President Donald J. Trump captured 81 percent of the evangelical vote on election day. Since then, many political pundits have grappled with the question of how a lecherous and biblically illiterate candidate whose relationship with the truth is casual at best could have done so well with this constituency of alleged “values voters.”

The Johnson Amendment Is Under Attack In The House Of Representatives. Please Help AU Defend It.

The House of Representatives, just back from its August recess, is poised to pass a major spending bill. Tucked within that bill is Section 116, a provision that would make it nearly impossible for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate tax-exempt houses of worship that have endorsed or opposed political candidates in violation of the Johnson Amendment. The fate of that provision could be decided today.

Trump’s Call For A National Day Of Prayer Divides Rather Than Unites

We’ve watched from afar the devastation and tragedy brought by Hurricane Harvey to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Our hearts are with those who are just beginning the recovery process. As difficult as the past week has been, there is some comfort in watching, as we often do, Americans coming together to aid those in the area through donations and volunteering.

W.Va. County Apologizes For Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couple Who Applied For A Marriage License

Last year, Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover were harassed by a West Virginia county clerk who ranted at them as they applied for a wedding license. The clerk called them an “abomination” and declared her belief that the same-sex couple shouldn’t be allowed to marry.

Rallying Against Religious Discrimination At The White House

Yesterday, some of my colleagues and I joined allies outside the White House to protest dangerous Trump-era policies that restrict immigration based on color, ethnicity and religion.

“No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here. No hate! No fear! Muslims are welcome here. No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here.” These are chants that could be heard loud and clear during the event, which was organized by New York Immigration Coalition.

Franklin Graham Urges Public School Football Coaches To Break The Law

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a public-high-school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., doesn’t have the right to lead players in prayer. An Americans United legal fellow, Andrew Nellis, argued before the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, so we’re quite familiar with it.

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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

Jim Daly Of Focus On The Family Says Only Christian Coaches Can Help Students Build Character

A couple weeks ago, church–state separation scored a huge touchdown when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Washington public high school could ask its football coach not to lead students in prayer after games. But some don’t seem to be reacting very well to the court’s decision.

Far-Right Evangelicals Are Sticking With Trump Because They Lust For Power And Control

President Donald J. Trump captured 81 percent of the evangelical vote on election day. Since then, many political pundits have grappled with the question of how a lecherous and biblically illiterate candidate whose relationship with the truth is casual at best could have done so well with this constituency of alleged “values voters.”

The Johnson Amendment Is Under Attack In The House Of Representatives. Please Help AU Defend It.

The House of Representatives, just back from its August recess, is poised to pass a major spending bill. Tucked within that bill is Section 116, a provision that would make it nearly impossible for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate tax-exempt houses of worship that have endorsed or opposed political candidates in violation of the Johnson Amendment. The fate of that provision could be decided today.

Trump’s Call For A National Day Of Prayer Divides Rather Than Unites

We’ve watched from afar the devastation and tragedy brought by Hurricane Harvey to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Our hearts are with those who are just beginning the recovery process. As difficult as the past week has been, there is some comfort in watching, as we often do, Americans coming together to aid those in the area through donations and volunteering.

W.Va. County Apologizes For Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couple Who Applied For A Marriage License

Last year, Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover were harassed by a West Virginia county clerk who ranted at them as they applied for a wedding license. The clerk called them an “abomination” and declared her belief that the same-sex couple shouldn’t be allowed to marry.

Rallying Against Religious Discrimination At The White House

Yesterday, some of my colleagues and I joined allies outside the White House to protest dangerous Trump-era policies that restrict immigration based on color, ethnicity and religion.

“No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here. No hate! No fear! Muslims are welcome here. No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here.” These are chants that could be heard loud and clear during the event, which was organized by New York Immigration Coalition.

Franklin Graham Urges Public School Football Coaches To Break The Law

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a public-high-school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., doesn’t have the right to lead players in prayer. An Americans United legal fellow, Andrew Nellis, argued before the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, so we’re quite familiar with it.

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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

Jim Daly Of Focus On The Family Says Only Christian Coaches Can Help Students Build Character

A couple weeks ago, church–state separation scored a huge touchdown when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Washington public high school could ask its football coach not to lead students in prayer after games. But some don’t seem to be reacting very well to the court’s decision.

Far-Right Evangelicals Are Sticking With Trump Because They Lust For Power And Control

President Donald J. Trump captured 81 percent of the evangelical vote on election day. Since then, many political pundits have grappled with the question of how a lecherous and biblically illiterate candidate whose relationship with the truth is casual at best could have done so well with this constituency of alleged “values voters.”

The Johnson Amendment Is Under Attack In The House Of Representatives. Please Help AU Defend It.

The House of Representatives, just back from its August recess, is poised to pass a major spending bill. Tucked within that bill is Section 116, a provision that would make it nearly impossible for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate tax-exempt houses of worship that have endorsed or opposed political candidates in violation of the Johnson Amendment. The fate of that provision could be decided today.

Trump’s Call For A National Day Of Prayer Divides Rather Than Unites

We’ve watched from afar the devastation and tragedy brought by Hurricane Harvey to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Our hearts are with those who are just beginning the recovery process. As difficult as the past week has been, there is some comfort in watching, as we often do, Americans coming together to aid those in the area through donations and volunteering.

W.Va. County Apologizes For Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couple Who Applied For A Marriage License

Last year, Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover were harassed by a West Virginia county clerk who ranted at them as they applied for a wedding license. The clerk called them an “abomination” and declared her belief that the same-sex couple shouldn’t be allowed to marry.

Rallying Against Religious Discrimination At The White House

Yesterday, some of my colleagues and I joined allies outside the White House to protest dangerous Trump-era policies that restrict immigration based on color, ethnicity and religion.

“No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here. No hate! No fear! Muslims are welcome here. No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here.” These are chants that could be heard loud and clear during the event, which was organized by New York Immigration Coalition.

Franklin Graham Urges Public School Football Coaches To Break The Law

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a public-high-school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., doesn’t have the right to lead players in prayer. An Americans United legal fellow, Andrew Nellis, argued before the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, so we’re quite familiar with it.

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Church & State
October 2017 Church & State

Singing From A Different Hymnal

Trump’s Church-State Policies Are Spurring Dissenting Religious Groups To Stand Up To The Extremism Of The Religious Right

October 2017 Church & State

West Virginia Win!

Americans United And Allies Secure Settlement For Couple Who Endured Anti-LGBTQ Harassment When They Sought To Marry

September 2017 Church & State

Battling The Ban

The Legal Fight Over President Trump’s Muslim Ban Heads To The Supreme Court

July/August 2017 Church & State

Essay Excellence

Americans United's Second Annual Essay Contest Winner Talks Student Activism And The Importance Of Church-State Separation

July/August 2017 Church & State

Grimm Grievances

What Gloucester County School Board v. Gavin Grimm Reveals About The Separation Of Church And State