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

Action Needed on TX Legislators to Oppose Private School Vouchers During Special Session Needed on TX Legislators to Oppose Private School Vouchers During Special Session

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

100 Days In, Trump’s Chipping Away At Religious Freedom

President Donald J. Trump has passed his 100th day in office. Although he campaigned on his 100-day “Contract with the American Voter,” he no longer seems enthusiastic about the milestone. Perhaps that’s because he is facing criticism for failing to achieve any major legislative victories. One thing he has accomplished: He has caused real harm to religious freedom and has made promises to do even more. Here are five things…Keep Reading

We Fought Trump’s Muslim Ban – And Won!

We Fought Trump’s Muslim Ban – And Won!

Here’s some much-needed good news: A federal appeals court has just agreed with Americans United that President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants violates fundamental constitutional protections. The ban remains on hold while litigation continues! Officials in Washington State and Minnesota challenged Trump’s executive order that imposed the ban. Although AU did not initiate this litigation, we did file legal briefs in the case, explaining that the Trump ban clearly…Keep Reading

Neil Gorsuch: The Wrong Man For The Job

Neil Gorsuch: The Wrong Man For The Job

As I’m sure you know, last night Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the high court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch’s one-sided view of religious freedom is dangerous, and that makes him the wrong person for the job. He has even suggested that the government should be able to endorse religion—a position that would radically change constitutional law. AU’s Legal Department has researched…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.  

Election’s Over — What Can I Do Now?

If you’re reading this, then you likely share our concerns about our country’s recent presidential election. You are not alone. Millions of people in this country and across the world are deeply troubled by the potential havoc President-elect Trump’s promised agenda will visit upon the wall of separation between church and state. Take heart. Americans United for Separation of Church and State has been here for 69 years. We’re still…Keep Reading

What Do We Do Now? A Message From Americans United’s Executive Director Barry Lynn

November 10,2016 What Do We Do Now? A Message From Americans United’s Executive Director Barry Lynn It has taken nearly a full day for the impact of Tuesday’s devastating election results to sink in. Perhaps like me, you are feeling denial and disbelief…disappointment or even despair. Perhaps like me, you’re wondering how this could have happened? Perhaps like me, you are asking, “what do we do now?” The election of…Keep Reading

Free Screenings of “God & Governing” and Discussion

Join us for Movie Time coming to a location near you! You’re invited to a free showing of “God & Governing,” produced by the Texas Tribune, and a discussion afterwards about the intersection of faith and politics at the Texas legislature. The God & Governing project emerged during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature, as it became evident that discussions of God and faith were underscoring a greater share…Keep Reading