• Jan 19, 2022
    “The Tennessee Constitution, like the U.S. Constitution, promises religious freedom and equality for everyone. Tennessee is reneging on that promise by allowing a taxpayer-funded agency to discriminate against Liz and Gabe Rutan-Ram because they are Jews,” said Alex J. Luchenitser, associate vice president and associate legal director at Americans United. “Laws like House Bill 836 must not stand when they allow religion to be used to harm vulnerable kids and people like Liz and Gabe who want to provide those children with safe and loving homes.”
  • Jan 16, 2022
    “As the Supreme Court takes up the case of a football coach who held post-game prayer rallies as a ‘religious freedom’ issue, we should remember that Dr. King also supported the 1962 Supreme Court decision prohibiting enforced prayer in public schools," said Americans United CEO Rachel Laser. "Americans United is representing the Bremerton School District because the district’s decisions exemplify why real religious freedom is a shield that protects us all, not a sword to harm or exclude others."
  • Jan 14, 2022
    “The Bremerton School District followed the law and protected students’ religious freedom when it stopped its football coach from holding coercive prayers with players on the 50-yard line after high school football games,” said AU CEO Rachel Laser. “Public schoolchildren and their families – like all of us – have a constitutional right to believe as they choose and be treated equally by their public schools, regardless of their beliefs. The Bremerton School District fulfilled its legal duty to respect their fundamental rights.
  • Jan 06, 2022
    “Church-state separation is a foundational democratic principle: It ensures freedom and equality for every American. The adversaries of real religious freedom are the adversaries of democracy," said AU CEO Rachel Laser. "On this somber anniversary, we at Americans United for Separation of Church and State recommit ourselves to the best values of our Founders. We invite all who cherish our country’s promise of freedom without favor and equality without exception to join us in fighting to uphold these values against the dangerous forces of religious and political extremism.” 
  • Dec 22, 2021
    "To force anyone, let alone a major American city, to endorse a religion and display its sacred symbols would be anathema to our country’s founders and the religious freedom for all that they worked so hard to secure,” said Richard B. Katskee, vice president and legal director of Americans United. “Doing so would play right into the hands of Christian nationalists who want the government to force everyone to live by their beliefs – threatening division and religious strife and widening inequality in our communities and throughout the country. It’s clear that the Supreme Court should not force Boston to fly the Christian flag at city hall.”