Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Advocates File First Major Litigation Against Muslim Ban 3.0
Today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in collaboration with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, announced two lawsuits against the Trump administration’s latest efforts to...
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Monday, June 26, 2017
Americans United: U.S. Supreme Court Should Rule Against President Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban
Today the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the lawsuits challenging President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The Court has also allowed the Muslim ban to go into effect for people without ties to the United States. “Allowing the...
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Monday, June 26, 2017
Americans United Dismayed By U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer that the state of Missouri must give taxpayer funding to a house of worship – a blow to our country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United...
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Monday, June 26, 2017
Supreme Court Should Use Masterpiece Cakeshop To Assert That Religious Freedom Is Not The Right To Discriminate
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will hear an appeal in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case of a Colorado baker who claimed his religious beliefs justified his refusal to serve same-sex couples. Americans United for Separation of Church and State said...
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Monday, May 16, 2016
Supreme Court Non-Decision Could Leave Many Women Without Secure Access To Birth Control, Says Americans United
The U.S. Supreme Court today took a pass on dealing with the important question of access to birth control, an action that could leave tens of thousands of women in limbo, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a brief order issued this morning, the high court vacated several...
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Monday, June 30, 2014
Americans United Dismayed By High Court Ruling Restricting Birth Control Access
he Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the owners of some secular, for-profit companies to deny their employees access to birth control is a blow to individual conscience and medical privacy rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “This decision is a double-edged disaster,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It conjures up fake religious freedom rights for corporations while being blind to the importance of birth control to America’s working women.”
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Monday, May 05, 2014
Americans United Disappointed That U.S. Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Sectarian Prayer Before Town Board Meetings
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Greece, N.Y.’s policy of opening government meetings with Christian prayers. In a 5-4 decision today, the high court said that Marsh v. Chambers, a 1983 ruling that permits state legislatures to pay for official chaplains and open sessions with prayers, authorizes the town’s practice.
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Americans United Urges Okla. School Board to Drop Bible Curriculum
A Bible curriculum designed by Steve Green,owner of Hobby Lobby, is taught from a sectarian perspective and should not be implemented by the Mustang, Okla., school board, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. In a letter to the board sent last week, Americans United warned Mustang education officials that the curriculum is problematic.
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Friday, November 01, 2013
Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Contraceptives in Misguided
A federal appeals court ruling today that allows owners of secular for-profit corporations to refuse to provide certain forms of birth control to their employees is a dangerous distortion of the concept of religious freedom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
For-Profit Florida Firm Has No Religious Freedom Right to Deny Workers Access to Contraceptives
A Florida company that manufactures electrical products cannot exercise religion and therefore cannot exempt itself from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, Americans United has told a federal appeals court.
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