Supreme Court Should Protect Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame

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Americans United Represents Woman Whose Medical Coverage Could Be Blocked By Catholic School Jan 21, 2016 The University of Notre Dame does not have a religious freedom right to bar third parties from providing contraceptive coverage to its students and staff, Americans United for Separation of Church & State told the U.S. Supreme Court. In a brief filed today on behalf of a Notre Dame student who seeks access to…Keep Reading

Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That States Have No Obligation To Fund Religious Schools

Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That States Have No Obligation To Fund Religious Schools

Missouri Taxpayers Should Not Be Compelled To Support Christian Preschool Jan 15, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court should make it clear that Missouri taxpayers can’t be compelled to give aid to a religious institution, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The high court announced today that it will hear an appeal of a case brought by Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., which sought a state grant…Keep Reading

AU Houston Thanks You! Here’s Why

AU Houston Thanks You!  Here’s Why

This Holiday season, American’s United for Separation of Church and State would like to thanks its members and supporters for helping us brick up the Jeffersonian wall between state and church. The national organization and its many chapters, including your Americans United of Houston, realize that without your membership and support, we would not be able to mix that mortar and hold those bricks together. Here’s a brief reminder to…Keep Reading

THE CRUMBLING WALL: Religion in Today’s Presidential Politics — An evening with John Nichols

THE CRUMBLING WALL:  Religion in Today’s Presidential Politics — An evening with  John Nichols

Join American United of Houston on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Location: Congregation Emanu El || Google Maps link Congregation Emanu El 1500 Sunset Blvd. Houston, TX 77005  RSVP appreciated: americansunited. houstonchapter @gmail.com Co-sponsored by:   Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Love for All, Hatred for None     “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute . . ..” –John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1960, addressing…Keep Reading

Americans United Announces New Project To Counter Bogus “Religious Freedom” Claims

“Protect Thy Neighbor” Will Focus On Lobbying, Litigating And Boosting Public Awareness Americans United for Separation of Church and State has unveiled an aggressive, multi-pronged initiative to fight the growing idea that “religious freedom” gives people a right to thwart marriage equality for LGBT Americans, deny women access to reproductive care and use taxpayer dollars to discriminate. AU’s new “Protect Thy Neighbor” project pushes back against efforts to transform religious freedom…Keep Reading

Texas Legislative Session Ends without Adoption of Bills Threatening Religious Freedom

The Texas legislature introduced a variety of bills that threatened to violate the separation of church and state that is vital to true religious liberty. But, thanks to action and hard work of supporters of religious liberty, these bills were defeated! Here is an example of some of the problematic bills that did not pass: Anti-Sharia Bills:  Texas House Bills 562, 670, and 3698 did not mention Sharia law specifically, but…Keep Reading

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Americans United’s Favor In Case Concerning Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame

Americans United Represented Women At Risk Of Losing Access To Vital Medical Care At Catholic School May 20, 2015 A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that federal regulations designed to protect women’s access to birth control do not infringe on the religious-liberty rights of the University of Notre Dame. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling 2-1, upheld a regulation issued under the Affordable Care Act that permits religious non-profits…Keep Reading

Christian Flag Should Not Fly At Georgia City Hall And County Courthouse, Americans United Says

Bible-Reading Marathon Cannot Be Promoted With Religious Symbols At Government Buildings, Church-State Watchdog Asserts May 1, 2015 Georgia officials must refrain from displaying the Christian flag at city and county buildings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. In letters sent today to officials in both the city of Cochran and Bleckley County, Americans United explains that flying the Christian flag on public property violates the First Amendment. “When…Keep Reading

Americans United Fights In Federal Court For Student And Staff Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame

Church-State Watchdog Is Only National Group Arguing On Behalf Of Women Who May Lose Access To Vital Medical Care At Catholic School Apr 22, 2015 A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision does not change the fact that the University of Notre Dame’s religious beliefs are not burdened when a third party provides free contraceptive coverage for the school’s students and staff, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.  …Keep Reading

“U.S. Constitution mentions religion just twice, and both times the word ‘no’ attached.” — Ellery Schempp

Ellery Schempp, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark case that held that state-mandated Bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional, made these introductory remarks at a program presented by our Houston chapter on February 9, 2015: Let me tell you there is nothing in the Constitution about the Bible and there is nothing in the Bible about democracy or our Constitution. Many people assume there is some connection between…Keep Reading