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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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The Religious Right Is Happy To Judge Everyone – Except President Trump

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post about the Religious Right’s decision to stick with President Donald J. Trump no matter what he says or does. I noted the hypocrisy of the members of this movement, who are normally so quick to judge everyone else, in backing a man whose moral lapses are glaring and who clearly lacks the “biblical worldview” these folks claim to champion.

Even In The Wake Of Hurricanes, The Constitution Remains In Force

Those living in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey are just beginning to rebuild their lives and clean up, and those in the path of Hurricane Irma are just trying to comprehend its devastation. We at Americans United continue to be concerned about everyone recovering from or in the midst of these historic storms and have reached out to many of our members and supporters in these areas to let them know we are thinking of them.  

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This Weekend, AU And Allies Are Countering Anti-Muslim Hate – And You Can Join In

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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.

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

The Religious Right Is Happy To Judge Everyone – Except President Trump

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post about the Religious Right’s decision to stick with President Donald J. Trump no matter what he says or does. I noted the hypocrisy of the members of this movement, who are normally so quick to judge everyone else, in backing a man whose moral lapses are glaring and who clearly lacks the “biblical worldview” these folks claim to champion.

Even In The Wake Of Hurricanes, The Constitution Remains In Force

Those living in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey are just beginning to rebuild their lives and clean up, and those in the path of Hurricane Irma are just trying to comprehend its devastation. We at Americans United continue to be concerned about everyone recovering from or in the midst of these historic storms and have reached out to many of our members and supporters in these areas to let them know we are thinking of them.  

Justice Department Tells Supreme Court That A Colo. Bakery Had The Right To Discriminate Against A Same-Sex Couple

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice told the Supreme Court that a Colorado bakery has a constitutional right to refuse to sell a cake to a same-sex couple for their wedding. You read that right – the Trump administration thinks there’s a constitutional right to discriminate.

This Weekend, AU And Allies Are Countering Anti-Muslim Hate – And You Can Join In

After the massive Boston protests against white supremacy, ACT for America – the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the U.S. – decided to back out of its plan to hold multiple rallies in cities all over the nation. The group feared that its events would be overshadowed by successful counter-protests.

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.

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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

The Religious Right Is Happy To Judge Everyone – Except President Trump

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post about the Religious Right’s decision to stick with President Donald J. Trump no matter what he says or does. I noted the hypocrisy of the members of this movement, who are normally so quick to judge everyone else, in backing a man whose moral lapses are glaring and who clearly lacks the “biblical worldview” these folks claim to champion.

Even In The Wake Of Hurricanes, The Constitution Remains In Force

Those living in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey are just beginning to rebuild their lives and clean up, and those in the path of Hurricane Irma are just trying to comprehend its devastation. We at Americans United continue to be concerned about everyone recovering from or in the midst of these historic storms and have reached out to many of our members and supporters in these areas to let them know we are thinking of them.  

Justice Department Tells Supreme Court That A Colo. Bakery Had The Right To Discriminate Against A Same-Sex Couple

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice told the Supreme Court that a Colorado bakery has a constitutional right to refuse to sell a cake to a same-sex couple for their wedding. You read that right – the Trump administration thinks there’s a constitutional right to discriminate.

This Weekend, AU And Allies Are Countering Anti-Muslim Hate – And You Can Join In

After the massive Boston protests against white supremacy, ACT for America – the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the U.S. – decided to back out of its plan to hold multiple rallies in cities all over the nation. The group feared that its events would be overshadowed by successful counter-protests.

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.

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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

September 2016 Church & State

Required Worship

Recalling The Bad Old Days Of Mandatory Religion In Public Schools

April 2016 Church & State

Choice, Not Coercion

There's Plenty Of Room For Voluntary Religion In America's Public High Schools - With One Notable Catch