There has been more debate than ever this campaign season about whether or not houses of worship should be permitted to endorse or oppose candidates for office. This is mostly thanks to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, who has repeatedly said that if he is elected he will end legal restrictions that keep churches from acting like political action committees.
Yesterday AU Communications Associate Rokia Hassanein wrote about attending the Values Voter Summit (VVS) for the first time. I felt a little guilty throwing her into the abyss when she’s been with AU for less than a month, but Rokia had a good attitude about it. I know she heard and felt some things that surprised her.
Yesterday, Donald Trump unveiled his education plan. It lacks any vision for strengthening our public schools. Instead, it would divert $20 billion in federal funding to “school choice,” including private school vouchers.
Thousands of conservative evangelicals will converge on Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit to proclaim a thrice-married, coarse reality TV star as their standard-bearer.
It’s a move that exposes the desperation and hypocrisy of the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Four years after running unsuccessfully for president, former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is back in the news cycle in yet another election year – this time for saying that God chose Donald Trump to become the Republican presidential nominee.
Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump in July selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, a move signaling that the controversial real estate mogul and reality TV star is continuing his aggressive courting of the Religious Right in the hopes of achieving victory this fall.
When it comes to the matter of houses of worship endorsing political candidates, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said he is out to make Religious Right dreams come true.
The federal tax code currently prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profits, including religious institutions, from using their resources to intervene in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office. But during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in July, Trump promised to do away with that longstanding prohibition if he wins the presidency.
By Sarah E. Jones
Donald Trump is winning the evangelical vote. Recent polls show him with 78 percent support among this bloc of voters.
Some in the media are confused. Why has a thrice-wed businessman of dubious piety done so well with devout voters?
Donald Trump wants to repeal the federal law that bars tax-exempt groups, including houses of worship, from intervening in partisan politics by endorsing or opposing political candidates. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has some unusual ideas; this is among his worst.
When I first heard Americans United for Separation of Church and State had an opening for a communications associate, I was excited because of what a good fit it is for my personal and professional experience. To be able to utilize my skillset for a cause I feel strongly about? Yes, please!
Aside from our constitutional rights, what predominantly drew me to issues of separating church and state by law is striving for political and social equality.