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Public school officials such as teachers, principals and others may not sponsor prayer, devotional Bible reading or other religious activities. They may not compel or pressure young people to take part in religious activities. The Supreme Court ruled correctly when it struck down mandatory school prayer in 1962 and ’63. However, this does not mean there can be no religion in schools. Public school students have the right to pray voluntarily in a non-disruptive fashion during the school day and read religious texts during free time. A short rule of thumb: Individual, voluntary religious activity by students is permitted; school-sponsored religious worship is not.

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

Roy Moore Won’t Be Joining The U.S. Senate. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

The people of Alabama did America a favor last night by voting against Roy Moore for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Moore is just what we don’t need right now. His disdain for fundamental American values – from religious freedom to civil rights and equality to the rule of law – makes him a danger to our democracy.

Americans United knows Moore all too well. He’s been a strident voice against church-state separation for decades, and we’ve fought back and won against many of his reckless actions.

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This morning, another bill that allows religion to be used to discriminate started making its way through Congress. At 10 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began debating a Republican bill that would change the federal law that governs higher education.

Americans United Is Reminding A Federal Court That A Christian School Can’t Force Government to Promote Prayer

The religious liberty provisions of the First Amendment protect everybody’s religious freedom. That means that private individuals and organizations can promote religion, but they can’t force government to do so. That’s what Americans United and our allied organizations explained in a friend-of-the-court brief we that filed yesterday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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While much press this week has understandably been devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker who cited his religious beliefs as justification for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, there was another noteworthy story developing in Colorado that has connections to the Supreme Court and religious freedom.

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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Americans United staff members were outside with allies urging the high court to say businesses should be #OpenToAll and that they should not be allowed to use religion to discriminate.

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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

Roy Moore Won’t Be Joining The U.S. Senate. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

The people of Alabama did America a favor last night by voting against Roy Moore for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Moore is just what we don’t need right now. His disdain for fundamental American values – from religious freedom to civil rights and equality to the rule of law – makes him a danger to our democracy.

Americans United knows Moore all too well. He’s been a strident voice against church-state separation for decades, and we’ve fought back and won against many of his reckless actions.

Our Nation’s Higher Education Law Shouldn’t Include A License To Discriminate

This morning, another bill that allows religion to be used to discriminate started making its way through Congress. At 10 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began debating a Republican bill that would change the federal law that governs higher education.

Americans United Is Reminding A Federal Court That A Christian School Can’t Force Government to Promote Prayer

The religious liberty provisions of the First Amendment protect everybody’s religious freedom. That means that private individuals and organizations can promote religion, but they can’t force government to do so. That’s what Americans United and our allied organizations explained in a friend-of-the-court brief we that filed yesterday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Colo. County School Board Ends Voucher Program At Issue In AU Court Challenge

While much press this week has understandably been devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker who cited his religious beliefs as justification for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, there was another noteworthy story developing in Colorado that has connections to the Supreme Court and religious freedom.

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Most American women use or have used birth control, and most would likely tell you how important it is to them. There’s the obvious benefits: contraception lets women decide when and whether to start or grow their family, and protects their health by treating common medical conditions. But contraception also contributes to women’s equality by allowing them to pursue education and careers, and even increases the chance they will make more money. These are just a few of the reasons that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that women have seamless access to no-cost contraception.

We Hope The Supreme Court Rules That Businesses Should Be Open To All In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Americans United staff members were outside with allies urging the high court to say businesses should be #OpenToAll and that they should not be allowed to use religion to discriminate.

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October 2017 Church & State

Penalty Flag

A Wash. Public School Football Coach Has No Right To Pray With Students, A Federal Appeals Court Says

March 2017 Church & State

States Of Emergency

Legislation That Threatens Church-State Separation Is Pending In Half The Country

November 2016 Church & State

Offside And Out Of Bounds

The Supreme Court Struck Down Coercive Forms Of Public School Prayer 54 Years Ago, But Some Coaches Are Playing By Their Own Rules

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Required Worship

Recalling The Bad Old Days Of Mandatory Religion In Public Schools