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James Dobson, a child psychologist and author, founded Focus on the Family (FOF) in 1977 to combat what he saw as rising permissiveness in American society.

Raised in the strict Church of the Nazarene, Dobson came to public attention though his book Dare to Discipline, which encouraged the use of corporal punishment at a time when many child-rearing experts were moving away from it. Through daily radio broadcasts, Dobson’s popularity grew rapidly among evangelicals, and he built FOF into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

In recent years, Dobson has intervened more directly in partisan politics, forming Focus on the Family Action and issuing personal endorsements of conservative candidates in political races.  Dobson opposes church-state separation, reproductive choice and gay rights. In November of 2006, he told CNN’s Larry King, “The separation of church and state is not in the Constitution. No, it’s not. That is not in the Constitution.”

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Here’s Your Chance To Say Thanks To Barry Lynn For 25 Years Of Leadership

Twenty-five years ago today, Sept. 22, 1992, the governing body of Americans United voted to hire a fellow named Barry W. Lynn to be the new executive director of Americans United.

A lawyer and United Church of Christ minister, Barry hit the ground running. One of the things he did best was irritate the Religious Right groups that hate church-state separation – a proud legacy he continues to this day. Leaders of these groups were flummoxed. How is it that a Christian minister had emerged as their most articulate opponent?

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Religious Minorities Are Leading The Resistance To Trump’s Divisive Rhetoric

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Join AU In Pledging That Religious Freedom Is About Fairness

As we approach the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court term that will include two cases with major church-state separation implications, you can show your support for religious freedom and AU’s work by pledging that “Religious Freedom Is About Fairness.”

The pledge, which you can take here, affirms:

AU To Supreme Court: Muslim Ban Violates Constitution’s Promise Of Religious Freedom And Fairness

Today, Americans United and our allies told the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of America’s fundamental promise of religious freedom.

Religious freedom is about fairness – we don’t treat people differently because their beliefs are different from ours, and we certainly don’t ban people from America based on their religion. But that’s just what Trump’s Muslim ban does.

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

Here’s Your Chance To Say Thanks To Barry Lynn For 25 Years Of Leadership

Twenty-five years ago today, Sept. 22, 1992, the governing body of Americans United voted to hire a fellow named Barry W. Lynn to be the new executive director of Americans United.

A lawyer and United Church of Christ minister, Barry hit the ground running. One of the things he did best was irritate the Religious Right groups that hate church-state separation – a proud legacy he continues to this day. Leaders of these groups were flummoxed. How is it that a Christian minister had emerged as their most articulate opponent?

Air Force Chaplain Says ‘True’ Christian Service Members Can’t Support Rights Of Non-Christians

Military chaplains should be prepared to serve the religious and spiritual needs of a diverse community of troops, but one evangelical Christian Air Force chaplain in Ohio apparently has a problem supporting the rights of people of different faiths.

Religious Minorities Are Leading The Resistance To Trump’s Divisive Rhetoric

The Donald J. Trump administration’s discriminatory rhetoric has united religious minorities to mobilize and fight back. Most recently, hundreds of rabbis boycotted the annual High Holy Day call, in which Trump conveyed wishes to Jewish leaders ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that begins this evening.

Join AU In Pledging That Religious Freedom Is About Fairness

As we approach the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court term that will include two cases with major church-state separation implications, you can show your support for religious freedom and AU’s work by pledging that “Religious Freedom Is About Fairness.”

The pledge, which you can take here, affirms:

AU To Supreme Court: Muslim Ban Violates Constitution’s Promise Of Religious Freedom And Fairness

Today, Americans United and our allies told the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of America’s fundamental promise of religious freedom.

Religious freedom is about fairness – we don’t treat people differently because their beliefs are different from ours, and we certainly don’t ban people from America based on their religion. But that’s just what Trump’s Muslim ban does.

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.

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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

Here’s Your Chance To Say Thanks To Barry Lynn For 25 Years Of Leadership

Twenty-five years ago today, Sept. 22, 1992, the governing body of Americans United voted to hire a fellow named Barry W. Lynn to be the new executive director of Americans United.

A lawyer and United Church of Christ minister, Barry hit the ground running. One of the things he did best was irritate the Religious Right groups that hate church-state separation – a proud legacy he continues to this day. Leaders of these groups were flummoxed. How is it that a Christian minister had emerged as their most articulate opponent?

Air Force Chaplain Says ‘True’ Christian Service Members Can’t Support Rights Of Non-Christians

Military chaplains should be prepared to serve the religious and spiritual needs of a diverse community of troops, but one evangelical Christian Air Force chaplain in Ohio apparently has a problem supporting the rights of people of different faiths.

Religious Minorities Are Leading The Resistance To Trump’s Divisive Rhetoric

The Donald J. Trump administration’s discriminatory rhetoric has united religious minorities to mobilize and fight back. Most recently, hundreds of rabbis boycotted the annual High Holy Day call, in which Trump conveyed wishes to Jewish leaders ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that begins this evening.

Join AU In Pledging That Religious Freedom Is About Fairness

As we approach the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court term that will include two cases with major church-state separation implications, you can show your support for religious freedom and AU’s work by pledging that “Religious Freedom Is About Fairness.”

The pledge, which you can take here, affirms:

AU To Supreme Court: Muslim Ban Violates Constitution’s Promise Of Religious Freedom And Fairness

Today, Americans United and our allies told the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of America’s fundamental promise of religious freedom.

Religious freedom is about fairness – we don’t treat people differently because their beliefs are different from ours, and we certainly don’t ban people from America based on their religion. But that’s just what Trump’s Muslim ban does.

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.

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