Americans United staff members and chapter activists have been hard at work supporting separation of church and state. Here are some highlights:
Rachel Laser, AU president and CEO, was in Michigan March 7 to deliver a keynote address to the Glazer Institute. Laser's talk, "The Power of Faith in America," took place at the 77th Annual Rabbi Benedict and Ada S. Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills.
The Glazer Institute is the longest-running interfaith institute in the country. The event, which was free and open to the public, was co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee-Detroit, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
To watch Laser's speech online, visit: bit.ly/2ESQYjW.
Senior Adviser and Church & State Editor Rob Boston addressed the New Jersey Humanist Network March 30 in Somerset, N.J. The next day, Boston traveled to Willow Grove, Pa., where he spoke to the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. In both places. Boston delivered a talk titled "Separation of Church and State: Where We've Been, Where We Are, And Where We'd Like To Be."
Alex J. Luchenitser, AU's associate legal director, was in Miami March 12 to argue one of Americans United's legal cases before a federal appeals court. Luchenitser told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners is discriminating against nontheists in their community by refusing to allow them to deliver invocations, even though that right is often extended to members of religious groups.
Americans United is litigating the case, Williamson v. Brevard County, alongside the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida.
In a story on the argument, Courthouse News Service reported, "The proceedings in the 11th Circuit's Miami division touched on everything from metaphysics to Supreme Court case law. Up for debate is whether the secular...