Who is Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU)?
We come from all backgrounds and represent all fifty states. In our work, we seek to preserve and protect religous freedom for every single American and have been dedicated to this since 1947.
Americans United (AU) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.
As tax-exempt entities, houses of worship may not intervene in partisan politics by endorsing or opposing candidates. Pulpit-based electioneering not only violates federal law, many believe it corrupts the true mission of our faith communities.
Defending The Courts
Federal courts are often our last line of defense to protect our constitutional rights. Federal judges should respect our Constitution and appreciate the important role that church-state separation has played in safeguarding religious liberty.
The so-called “faith-based” initiative is a euphemism for taxpayer-supported religion. The initiative funnels taxpayer dollars to religious social service providers without adequate safeguards to prevent proselytism. In addition, these groups seek to discriminate in hiring based on religion even though their programs are publicly funded.
Freedom Of Religion
The right to practice your chosen faith is cherished by the American people. A division between church and state ensures this right by freeing religion from obtrusive government interference. Government must show a compelling interest before restricting religious exercise.
The Constitution bars government from meddling in religion. Government should be neutral on theological matters and not seek to sponsor, promote or further faith.
Marriage And Sexuality
Religious groups take widely varying stands on issues such as marriage and human sexuality. It is imperative that the government respects American diversity by not imposing one tradition’s narrow view of marriage and sexuality on the entire country.
Religion In Public Schools
Public schools serve children from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds. The classroom is an inappropriate place for school-sponsored worship. School officials should not prescribe prayers or teach religious doctrines, such as creationism, in the classroom.
Religious School Vouchers
Americans have the right to support only the religious groups of their choosing. Vouchers and other forms of government aid to religious schools usurp this privilege by forcing all taxpayers to subsidize indoctrination. Religious organizations are free to sponsor schools, but they should be responsible for their upkeep.
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