Sandhya Bathija / All Posts

Sandhya Bathija is the Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She joined the staff in May 2008. Sandhya previously worked as a reporter for the legal trade publication, The National Law Journal, and practiced law for a small civil rights firm in Detroit. She holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

In the Courts

Fighting crime can’t be easy, but deputizing religious groups to do the job of police officers definitely isn’t the answer.

Fortunately, that shouldn’t be happening in North Carolina, thanks to a unanimous state appellate court decision yesterday. In State of North Carolina v. Yencer, a three-judge panel ruled that it is an unconstitutional “government entanglement with religion” to allow […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property

For years, we’ve heard the Religious Right and its allies assert that the cross is a secular symbol, not a religious one, in order to get around the Constitution and keep Christian displays on public land.

We’ve always thought that argument was pretty ridiculous, but Religious Right activists keep trying. Here’s their latest proposal:  a cross is not a religious […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Discrimination

There’s been a new development in the situation over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Yesterday, New York Gov. David Paterson came up with an idea that he felt would be a compromise in the recent uproar over the building of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.

A Muslim group’s recent purchase of a building near the 9/11 site has […] Read More

Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow have told us what they know about former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Shouldn’t televangelist Pat Robertson be forced to do the same?

Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a top leader of the Religious Right, may have some important information to reveal about the brutal dictator now on trial for war crimes. The […] Read More

In the Courts, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Discrimination

In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Judge Walker made it clear that in the United States, marriage is a civil matter.

Church Politicking

The Rev. Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla. has told a right-wing news service that America’s clergy need to become bold again.

In fact, Blair thinks pastors should be more like him. In mid-July, the Religious Right leader used his tax-exempt organization, Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, to distribute an e-mail in support of Rep. Sally […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore doesn’t let too much time go by before he cries out for some more attention.

Yesterday, he was quoted in a Birmingham News blog, in which he offered another anti-church-state separation rant. The blog was about a letter Americans United sent to an Alabama school board opposing official prayers before meetings.

Moore’s group, […] Read More

Church Politicking

Earlier this year, we reported on preliminary survey results that showed most Texans (72 percent) did not want the Religious-Right leaning Texas State Board of Education to determine public school curriculum.

They wanted teachers and scholars to write curriculum standards, not an elected board of ideologues pushing an agenda.

The Texas Freedom Network has now revealed the full […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts

Religious Right groups regularly insist that all devout Americans, especially Christians, must be against the separation of church and state.

As usual, they’re completely off the mark. In fact, many people of faith are among the strongest supporters of church-state separation. And we have a new piece of evidence.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) has just filed […] Read More

Focus On The Family, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Right Research

The Missouri Senate has spoken, and for the third year in a row, it has refused to advance a constitutional amendment permitting government-sponsored religious activities.

Religious Right activists, who lobbied hard for the measure, are none too happy about losing, again –and have pinned the blame on Americans United and our allies.

We’re happy to accept this blame. AU […] Read More

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