THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM CST via Zoom

Should There Be Religious Exemptions from Public Health Requirements?

An infectious disease specialist, a medical ethicist, a clergy member and a legal expert will address this question.

Event information is at the top of the Houston Events page.


Texas Voters Approve Prop. 3


The Houston chapter of Americans United worked hard to educate Texas voters about Prop 3, an amendment to the state constitution that prohibits limits on religious services for *any reason* no matter what the scale of potential danger is to others. Sadly, Prop 3 was approved by the approximately 9% of registered voters who turned out.

Every Texan should be alarmed at the passage of this dangerous amendment to the Texas Constitution, fueled by misinformation and the politicization of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prop 3 will make it more difficult for government officials to protect Texans during future public health emergencies. It could even prevent emergency responders from closing a house of worship if there were a nearby hazardous spill, stop a governor from issuing or enforcing evacuation orders during a hurricane if it meant limiting access to a house of worship, and it could prevent a fire marshal from ensuring a house of worship complies with occupancy limits and emergency exit requirements.

Our nation and our state promise everyone the freedom to believe as we want, but our laws should not grant special privileges to religion when it puts public health and safety at risk.

Americans United has been fighting to protect the separation of church and state for nearly 75 years. The Houston chapter has been fighting in our area and in Texas for over 25 years.

We need you to join us in the fight!

If you aren’t a member of Americans United yet, you can join at or, if you don’t live in the Houston area, at

You can follow the Houston chapter  — @AU_Houston and — and the national organization — @americansunited and on social media

It’s time to fight for church-state separation like your life depends on it, because it does!


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Latest Blog Entries:

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

Passing Prop. 3 Will Have Unintended Consequences

Texas Put an Abortion Bounty on my Rabbi

We Must Repent Our Silence for Christian Nationalism 

Virtual Program — Election 2020: What’s Next for State/Church Separation (video)

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

Chapter Board Member’s Letter to Editor on Religious Freedom

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



Who We Are

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … ”

–First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Local Chapter

Since our founding in 1995, we have worked to protect and promote church-state separation in Texas and in Houston by educating, speaking out, monitoring  state and local developments and rallying citizens to defend religious liberty.

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