Letter to Editor — Houston Chronicle’s series on tax exemptions for parsonages

  Letter to Editor published in Houston Chronicle, Dec. 21, 2021 Maintaining separation between religion and government is good for religious organizations and their leaders. It safeguards their autonomy, enables them to practice their faith and to speak out without fear of government interference or reprisal and checks governmental favoritism of any particular denomination or congregation. The Chronicle’s series about religious organizations and parsonages raises troubling questions about this foundational…Keep Reading

Passing Prop. 3 Will Have Unintended Consequences

By J.C. Dufresne, Published in The Seguin Gazette, Sept. 22, 2021 Both the United States and Texas constitutions have strong protections for religious liberty incorporated in them. Unfortunately, some folks have let their desire to participate in church services overwhelm their sense of self-preservation and their duty to protect their community by demanding the right to attend church services where their actions increase the chances of spreading a disease that…Keep Reading

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

Board Member Al Kahn Interviewed on Local Radio

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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

Texas, Bathrooms, Vouchers, and Bad Legislation

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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

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On Tuesday, July 19, Texas State Legislators start a special session.  This Post is about School Vouchers.  For more issues on other items, visit AU.org, 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

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.  

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