Americans United In ACTION! Staff Members Spread The Word About Church-State Separation.


Americans United staff members have kept busy lately educating Americans about the importance of church-state separation.

Here's a round up of some recent activities:

AU President and CEO Rachel Laser took part in a panel discussion at Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8. The event was designed for PRRI's public fellows and sought to help them make their research more accessible.

Also appearing on the panel were Jihad Saleh Williams, government and public affairs manager for Islamic Relief USA, and Victoria Kirby York, deputy director for the Advocacy & Action Department at the National LGBTQ Task Force.

On Jan. 19, Laser was in the Philadelphia area to speak at Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon during services. Laser addressed the topic "Fighting for Freedom: Why Keeping Religion and Government Separate is an American Imperative." The church's senior minister is the Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, who serves as chairman of Americans United's Board of Trustees.

Maggie Garrett, AU's vice president for public policy, appeared on the Religious Studies Project's podcast Jan. 6. Garrett joined two other experts in discussing the state of church-state separation at the Supreme Court. To listen, visit the Religious Studies Project's homepage at:

The Project is a collaborative effort supported by the British Association for the Study of Religions, the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the International Association for the History of Religions, the European Association for the Study of Religions and the Australian Association for the Study of Religions.

On Jan. 15, Garrett was among the speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing for Senate staff discussing Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a voucher case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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