Texas Put an Abortion Bounty on my Rabbi

AU Houston board member Evan Mintz warns that Texas’ new abortion law could make rabbis the targets of bounty hunters — or worse — for giving pastoral advice based on their Jewish faith.   While I was hoping to hear the deep blasts of the shofar in person, yet another year of virtual High Holiday services has given me the opportunity to catch up on some paperwork that my Jewish…Keep Reading

We Must Repent Our Silence for Christian Nationalism

By Laura Mayo Every year of my childhood I attended vacation Bible school. VBS began with an opening assembly. We sang songs, we prayed and, with hands on our hearts, we said a pledge to the American flag, the Christian flag and the Bible. On Jan. 6 the Christian flag was carried by terrorists into the Capitol. I don’t know that everyone recognized it as it was wrapped in on…Keep Reading

Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

Americans United Opposes the Supreme Court Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett, A Foe Of Church-State Separation   Barrett’s record demonstrates a hostility toward church-state separation: Barrett has shown support for depriving employees of their contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act because of their bosses’ religious objections. Barrett joined a 7th U.S. Circuit Court decision allowing Illinois to exempt religious services from its emergency health order meant to protect the…Keep Reading

Board Member Al Kahn Interviewed on Local Radio

http://auhouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/QVInterview1200x780.jpgBoard Member Al Kahn Interviewed on Local Radio

Americans United Houston board member Al Kahn was interviewed on KPFT’s Queer Voices on March 16 about religious refusals — the assertion of religion as an excuse for refusing service to others — and how AU is standing up to those who would harm others in the name of religion. He talked about a lawsuit that a Waco judge has filed against a TX agency that disciplined her for performing…Keep Reading

A U Houston’s Letter in the Chronicle

Here’s a letter from our Chapter Treasurer published in the Houston Chronicle on Feb. 1, 2020. Religious freedom Regarding “Faith-based adoption adds providers,” (A11, Jan. 23): The lawsuit Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services versus the federal Health and Human Services presents a number of concerns to religious and non-religious citizens alike. These two plaintiffs together bringing this suit is an assault on church-state separation….Keep Reading

Do you want your tax dollars to fund religious education? You shouldn’t.

By Rachel Laser Jan 21, 2020 The Washington Post Imagine a country where your hard-earned tax dollars must fund private religious schools that require students to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or that expel students for being gay. Imagine that your state is forced to spend resources to help fund construction of a local house of worship of a faith you do not share, just because the state is also contributing to…Keep Reading

Abortion bans are a result of the crumbling of church-state separation

By Rachel Laser May 27, 2019 Chicago Tribune The terrifying rash of state abortion bans spreading throughout the United States has captured the nation’s attention, but in order to stop this trend, those who are fighting back must also focus on its deeper cause: the ever-crumbling wall of separation between church and state. The First Amendment prohibits the government from imposing one set of religious beliefs, or religion at all,…Keep Reading

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