Introducing Rachel Laser, New Executive Director

My name is Rachel Laser, and I am excited to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State! I’m a lawyer, an advocate and a strategist who has dedicated the last two decades of my life to fighting to make the country inclusive for all Americans. As a religious minority myself—I was raised as a Reform Jew—I know personally how much it…Keep Reading

The Johnson Amendment Has Survived – Thanks To You!

After a months-long fight, we have good news: The final tax bill that the House and Senate will vote on next week will NOT contain language to repeal the Johnson Amendment. A big thank you to all of you who emailed and called your members of Congress and educated your friends and family about this issue. You are the ones who won this fight. The Johnson Amendment is a provision…Keep Reading

Stop Congress from Undermining the Johnson Amendment!

ACTION NEEDED ! The House of Representatives is currently debating its tax reform package, which includes language that severely weakens the Johnson Amendment — a provision of the tax code that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose candidates. We need you to contact your Representative to urge them to strip this dangerous language from the tax reform package…Keep Reading

Temporary Restraining Order Placed On Muslim Ban 3.0

Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 — which singles people out for exclusion based on their religious beliefs — was just blocked by a federal court in Hawaii, but the fight is far from over. Like the first two versions, Muslim Ban 3.0 is a thinly veiled attempt to mask Trump’s true intent — fulfilling his campaign promise to ban Muslims from the United States. It is designed to exclude people from…Keep Reading

Honoring Barry Lynn’s 25 Years of Leadership of Americans United

  Our Houston Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is lucky to host AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn on October 16, 2017 as he prepares to retire.  We’ll honor him for his 25 years of extraordinary leadership of AU and celebrate AU’s 70th anniversary   Lynn has overseen key legal and legislative victories for Americans United, including launching a national project to defend the Johnson…Keep Reading


    On behalf of my AU colleagues, I want you to know that our thoughts are with you and everyone in the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana who is dealing with the terrible impact of Hurricane Harvey. We are all deeply saddened by the devastation wrought by this horrific storm. We know that the road to recovery won’t be easy, but we’re confident that the indomitable spirit of…Keep Reading

Texas, Bathrooms, Vouchers, and Bad Legislation, Bathrooms, Vouchers, and Bad Legislation

The Texas Legislature Is Meeting For A Special Session And Has A Second Chance To Pass Bad Legislation The Texas legislature’s regular session ended just weeks ago, but lawmakers are already back in Austin for a special session. Governor Greg Abbott (R) was forced to call the special session after the state legislature failed to adopt must-pass legislation during the regular session: in a dramatic stand-off, the Senate had refused…Keep Reading

Action Needed on TX Legislators to Oppose Private School Vouchers During Special Session Needed on TX Legislators to Oppose Private School Vouchers During Special Session

On Tuesday, July 19, Texas State Legislators start a special session.  This Post is about School Vouchers.  For more issues on other items, visit, which is the National organization, or get email updates from your Houston Chapter. Despite failing to pass private school vouchers this state legislative session, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is back at it again. He’s called for a special session of the state legislature that starts…Keep Reading

100 Days In, Trump’s Chipping Away At Religious Freedom

President Donald J. Trump has passed his 100th day in office. Although he campaigned on his 100-day “Contract with the American Voter,” he no longer seems enthusiastic about the milestone. Perhaps that’s because he is facing criticism for failing to achieve any major legislative victories. One thing he has accomplished: He has caused real harm to religious freedom and has made promises to do even more. Here are five things…Keep Reading

We Fought Trump’s Muslim Ban – And Won!

We Fought Trump’s Muslim Ban – And Won!

Here’s some much-needed good news: A federal appeals court has just agreed with Americans United that President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants violates fundamental constitutional protections. The ban remains on hold while litigation continues! Officials in Washington State and Minnesota challenged Trump’s executive order that imposed the ban. Although AU did not initiate this litigation, we did file legal briefs in the case, explaining that the Trump ban clearly…Keep Reading