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Inside AU, Jerry Falwell Jr, Religious Right Research

If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would one day be giving a lecture at the Rutherford Institute (TRI), I would have scoffed.

“The Rutherford Institute!” I probably would have snorted. “They don’t support church-state separation! Why would I want to talk to them?”

Yet there I was yesterday in Charlottesville, Va., talking to a […] Read More

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It’s Inauguration Day, and much of Washington, D.C., official and non-official, is closed. That includes Americans United.

Many Americans are celebrating today. Even those who did not vote for Barack Obama can take a minute to reflect upon another transition of power in the world’s most vibrant democracy. We are all fortunate to be a part of that.

Celebrate or […] Read More

Inside AU, Resources

The holidays are coming up fast, and it’s time to think about the special people on your list (or what you might like to put on your own).

With that thought in mind, here are some items related to religious liberty and church-state that you might like to give (or receive) as gifts.

Looking for a good book that debunks […] Read More

Inside AU, Religion in Public Schools

Thanks to my two children, I’ve become quite the expert on children’s literature. The Harry Potter books were fun, and I really enjoyed the sly humor and wordplay of Lemony Snicket’s “Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Box OutWould-be witches and wacky orphans in peril make for entertaining reading, but not all “kidlit” is so fantastic. Much of it deals with realistic themes, […] Read More

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Sidney GoetzAs Florida faces some of its most challenging church-state separation battles, Americans United members in the state will do so without one of our best advocates.   It is with great sadness that I share with you news that AU member Sidney Goetz of St. Petersburg has died.

Sid […] Read More

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Today is my last day at Americans United. Before I go off to law school, I want to reflect on the many valuable lessons I’ve learned in my three years as a communications assistant here.

1) People aren’t afraid to tell you to go to hell, so don’t take it personally.
Part of my job here entailed […] Read More

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Do you have your free tickets to the national simulcast of “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church and State…but Were Afraid to Ask!” yet?

If not, you better hurry! The event is just two days away and tickets are going fast. Thirty-seven theaters (up from the original 25) nationwide will run the simulcast […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Faith-Based Initiatives, Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Inside AU, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

In today’s world, the separation of church and state is about so much more than school prayer or faith-based funding. Did you know the topic encompasses issues like reproductive healthcare, science education, end of life care, marriage, and medical research?

You’ll know all this and much more if you go see “Everything You Always Wanted to Know […] Read More

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Some of you have probably suspected it for a while, but it’s now official: Americans United is cursed. There’s a press release and everything.

Americans United asked the IRS yesterday to investigate the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., and its pastor, Dr. Wiley S. Drake, for illegal electioneering. Drake released a statement […] Read More

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Recently, two critics attacked Americans United and accused our organization of hypocrisy. This is a serious charge. Both critics deserve an answer.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council issued an e-mail bulletin yesterday accusing me of “cherry-picking” when it comes to the issue of church intervention in partisan politics.

Perkins was upset because Americans United recently reported the Roman […] Read More