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

Neil Gorsuch: The Wrong Man For The Job

Neil Gorsuch: The Wrong Man For The Job

As I’m sure you know, last night Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the high court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch’s one-sided view of religious freedom is dangerous, and that makes him the wrong person for the job. He has even suggested that the government should be able to endorse religion—a position that would radically change constitutional law. AU’s Legal Department has researched…Keep Reading

Proud to March in Women’s Marches

Proud to March in Women’s Marches

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has worked for decades to prevent the use of religion to control women’s lives and healthcare. AU was proud to partner with the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21, and our chapter was proud to march in the Houston Women’s March and the Women’s March on Austin.  

Election’s Over — What Can I Do Now?

If you’re reading this, then you likely share our concerns about our country’s recent presidential election. You are not alone. Millions of people in this country and across the world are deeply troubled by the potential havoc President-elect Trump’s promised agenda will visit upon the wall of separation between church and state. Take heart. Americans United for Separation of Church and State has been here for 69 years. We’re still…Keep Reading

What Do We Do Now? A Message From Americans United’s Executive Director Barry Lynn

November 10,2016 What Do We Do Now? A Message From Americans United’s Executive Director Barry Lynn It has taken nearly a full day for the impact of Tuesday’s devastating election results to sink in. Perhaps like me, you are feeling denial and disbelief…disappointment or even despair. Perhaps like me, you’re wondering how this could have happened? Perhaps like me, you are asking, “what do we do now?” The election of…Keep Reading

Free Screenings of “God & Governing” and Discussion

Join us for Movie Time coming to a location near you! You’re invited to a free showing of “God & Governing,” produced by the Texas Tribune, and a discussion afterwards about the intersection of faith and politics at the Texas legislature. The God & Governing project emerged during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature, as it became evident that discussions of God and faith were underscoring a greater share…Keep Reading

AU Houston’s Annual Meeting with Special Guest Rev Barry Lynn

AU Houston’s Annual Meeting with Special Guest Rev Barry Lynn

Houston Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Invites Members and Public to Annual Meeting Apr 8, 2016 The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be featured speaker at the Houston chapter’s annual meeting. He will speak on “Separation Anxiety: What Is the Future of Church/State Separation?” Rev. Lynn has been the executive director of Americans United…Keep Reading

US Supreme Court Should Protect Student and Staff Access To Contraceptives

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Church-State Watchdog Group Says Religiously Affiliated Institutions Are Not Harmed By Birth-Control Mandate Feb 17, 2016 Religiously affiliated institutions may not prevent third parties from providing contraceptive coverage for students and staff who want it, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today on behalf of almost 250 college and university students and staff who could lose access to vital medical care, Americans United…Keep Reading

Texas Judge Does Not Have Religious Freedom Right To Deny Service To Same-Sex Couples, Says Americans United

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Dallas County Official Cannot Impede Marriages Of Any Qualified Couples, Church-State Watchdog Group Says Feb 6, 2016 A Mesquite, Texas, judge who announced that he will not serve same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses is in danger of violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. In a letter sent today, Americans United explained that government employees responsible for performing duties related to marriage are…Keep Reading