Gavin Grimm is the 17-year-old high-school senior at the center of the first U.S. Supreme Court case on the civil rights of transgender persons. At issue: Whether a provision in federal law known as Title IX, which forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex, also protects transgender students who have been denied the equal use of school facilities based on their gender identity.
Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch doesn’t see a problem with Ten Commandments displays on courthouse lawns.
Although the Decalogue springs from the Old Testament book of Exodus, which recounts how God personally handed the list to Moses, Gorsuch doesn’t consider it to be very religious.
Several of the commandments deal with how God is to be worshiped, but to Gorsuch, the commandments aren’t “just religious” and could still constitutionally be displayed to convey a “secular moral message.”
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold lower court rulings that found religiously affiliated hospitals should comply with federal pension protections.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United argued that exempting religiously affiliated hospitals and health systems from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) would violate church-state separation by granting these institutions a financial advantage over secular competitors.
Presidents Day is a good time to reflect on some of the great things chief executives have said about separation of church and state and religious freedom.
February marks Black History Month, and our nation’s troubled history of race relations and struggles with racism often overlooks the significant accomplishments that people of color have made to advance our country and society.
Those accomplishments include fighting for religious freedom. When the U.S. Constitution was written, the rights prescribed applied to white men, while African-Americans, women and other marginalized groups later had to fight to amend the constitution for explicit inclusion.
Americans United in late December told the U.S. Supreme Court that top federal Department of Justice and immigration officials should face legal scrutiny for the unconstitutional detention and torture of Muslims living peacefully on American soil in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
President Donald Trump this evening nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump had promised to fill the open slot on the high court with someone who holds “similar views and principles” to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Unfortunately, it appears that Trump has acted to fulfill that promise. Like Scalia, Gorsuch has exhibited hostility to church-state separation, which is the foundation of religious freedom. That is why Americans United opposes this nomination.
Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.
As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.
Top U.S. Department of Justice and immigration officials should face legal scrutiny for the unconstitutional detention and torture of Muslims living peacefully in the U.S. in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Americans United told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.
It hasn’t been a secret what members of the Religious Right sought under their Christmas trees this year, and voters playing the role of Santa Claus delivered: Donald Trump for president.