Americans United has announced that it is accepting submissions for its 2019 student essay contest.
This year, AU is asking students to write essays that address the following topic:
The Religious Right is increasing its efforts to use religion as a sword to harm others rather than as a shield to protect people. This regressive political agenda seeks to misuse religious freedom to justify discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, religious minorities and the nonreligious. What can the next generation do to counter these attacks and take action to protect the real meaning of religious freedom and prevent our country from moving backward?
Some of the ways in which we currently see religion being used to harm others include: policies that allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies to reject prospective parents and volunteers because they are LGBTQ or the "wrong" religion; legislative efforts to promote Christianity in public schools by posting "In God We Trust" in schools or establishing Bible classes; and policies that would allow health care workers to deny care to patients based on religious or moral objections, and would allow employers and universities to use religion to deny employees...