Brett Kavanaugh’s Record on Church-State Separation is Really, Really Bad!

by Rob Boston Americans United is organizing a Day of Action today to block the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted a series of blog items about Kavanaugh and how he might affect issues from public education to LGBTQ rights. Today, we’re introducing a new video that explains what a dangerous place Brett Kavanaugh’s America could be if he and…Keep Reading

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Build the Wall Between Church and State

  Many people think of separation of church and state in terms of how individuals are affected — how they worship, who they can marry, whether they can get health care, what their children are taught in school, whether they will be served at a business, receive government benefits or be banned from this country if they have different religious beliefs or offend the business’ or government official’s religious sensibilities. …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

Temporary Restraining Order Placed On Muslim Ban 3.0

Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 — which singles people out for exclusion based on their religious beliefs — was just blocked by a federal court in Hawaii, but the fight is far from over. Like the first two versions, Muslim Ban 3.0 is a thinly veiled attempt to mask Trump’s true intent — fulfilling his campaign promise to ban Muslims from the United States. It is designed to exclude people from…Keep Reading

Honoring Barry Lynn’s 25 Years of Leadership of Americans United

  Our Houston Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is lucky to host AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn on October 16, 2017 as he prepares to retire.  We’ll honor him for his 25 years of extraordinary leadership of AU and celebrate AU’s 70th anniversary   Lynn has overseen key legal and legislative victories for Americans United, including launching a national project to defend the Johnson…Keep Reading


    On behalf of my AU colleagues, I want you to know that our thoughts are with you and everyone in the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana who is dealing with the terrible impact of Hurricane Harvey. We are all deeply saddened by the devastation wrought by this horrific storm. We know that the road to recovery won’t be easy, but we’re confident that the indomitable spirit of…Keep Reading

Texas, Bathrooms, Vouchers, and Bad Legislation, Bathrooms, Vouchers, and Bad Legislation

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