September was another busy month for Americans United, much of it consumed with activity related to opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
AU President and CEO Rachel Laser took part in a protest against Kavanaugh that several civil rights and civil liberties groups held Sept. 4 in the atrium of the Senate Hart Office Building on Capitol Hill. During brief remarks, Laser explained that Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court could be disastrous for public education.
On Sept. 5, Laser did an interview with Al Jazeera television network about Project Blitz, an effort by Religious Right groups to pass legislation undermining separation of church and state in state legislatures.
Laser traveled to Boston Sept. 29 to address Americans United's Massachusetts Chapter. Her talk was titled "Church-State Separation in the Trump Era: Where We Are and Where We're Going."
AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee took part in the "Religion and the Administrative State Public Policy Conference" Sept. 14. The event was sponsored by the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Va. Katskee participated in a panel titled "The Future of the First Amendment."
Rob Boston, editor of Church & State and a senior adviser at AU, met with a delegation of religious and civic leaders from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Mali and Mauritania Sept. 6. The event was coordinated by the U.S. State Department's International Leadership Visitor Program.
Boston did a number of speeches in Sarasota, Fla., for the Americans United chapter there Sept. 28-29. On Sept. 30, Boston traveled to Winter Park, Fla., where...