Members of Americans United's staff and AU activists around the nation have kept busy defending separation of church and state on many fronts.
Here's a look at some recent activities:
Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser took part in a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 8. The high court heard three cases related to LGBTQ rights that day, and Laser joined representatives from dozens of other groups to express support for members of that community.
At issue is whether members of the LGBTQ community can be fired from their jobs due to who they are or who they love. The 1964 Civil Rights Act bans employment discrimination on the basis of sex, but conservative groups are arguing that the law does not cover LGBTQ people. Americans United asserts that animosity toward LGBTQ people is often motivated by religious bias, not religious freedom.
The high court is expected to issue a ruling in the cases by the end of June.
"Today, we call on the Supreme Court to affirm that our equality and ability to fully participate in society should not hinge on our boss's religious beliefs, or anyone else's," Laser told the crowd. "The religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution is meant to protect the right to practice any religion, or no religion at all, without harming others."
Laser added, "But let's call out the truth--emboldened religious extremists today are weaponizing this sacred idea of religious freedom to turn back the clock on equality. It's relentless. It's exhausting. And the court should make clear it's against the law. Americans United is proud to join our many allies here today, and every day, to hold our country accountable to its promise of freedom and equality for all." (Video of Laser's remarks is available at www. au.org/blogs/AU-at-court.)
Laser attended the Freedom From Religion Foundation's annual conference Oct. 18-20 in Madison, Wise. She accepted the group's Henry Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism Award on behalf of...