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is senior policy analyst at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Rob, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, contributes to AU's Wall of Separation blog, serves as assistant editor of AU's "Church & State" magazine, and has authored three books on religion and politics. Rob appears courtesy of Americans United.

The First Lie Of The Voucher Gang: ‘We’ve Come To Help The Poor’

Rob BostonWall of SeparationBack in the early 1990s when officials in the state of Wisconsin passed a voucher plan, people were assured that the idea was to help poor students trapped in underperforming public schools. Read morenorth carolina, vouchers…

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Colonial-era Baptist minister John Leland was a devout Christian, but he was no bigot.

In an essay titled “The Virginia Chronicle” (1790), Leland attacked antiquated laws in the Old Dominion that limited public office to certain types of Christians.

“If a man merits the confidence of his neighbors in Virginia,” observed Leland, “let him worship one God, twenty Gods or no God. Be he Jew, Turk, Pagan, or Infidel, he is eligible to any office in the state.” Read more

John Leland, atheism, Kay Hagan, Cecil Bothwell, north carolina, Charles Pinckney, Article VI
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I’ve been monitoring the Religious Right’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, and I’m not impressed. Read more

American Family Association, Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, Roy Moore, Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel, Glenn Beck, The Blaze, Protect Thy Neighbor, Jeannette Knoll, louisiana, Alabama
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Yesterday Americans United launched Protect Thy Neighbor (PTN), our new project designed to respond to claims that “religious freedom” gives people a right to discriminate against others and take away their rights. Read more

Protect Thy Neighbor, Texas, South Dakota, Ken Paxton, marriage equality, Marty Jackley, Sam Brownback
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When I began working for Americans United in 1987, one thing confused me: Why were there so many Southern Baptists hanging around?

Southern Baptists were the enemy – or so I thought. After all, they were extremely conservative and always advocating things like school prayer amendments and anti-LGBT legislation. Read more

James Dunn, Baptist Joint Committee, Aaron Douglas Weaver, Wake Forest University, Al Gore, John Leland, Isaac Backus, Thomas Helwys, Ernest Istook
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Tomorrow is Independence Day, and many of us will be meeting up with family for cook-outs, picnics, reunions and other events.

While I’m certainly not recommending that you get into an argument with your Uncle Lou who watches too much Fox News, I acknowledge that it might happen. If it does and the topic of America as a “Christian nation” comes up, here is some information you might find useful. Read more

Independence Day, July 4, thomas jefferson, James Madison, Constitution, Article VI, Civil War
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Rob BostonWall of SeparationOne week ago, the U.S. Supreme Court extended marriage equality nationwide. So where are we now? Read moreAlabama, Texas, Mississippi, Callie V.S. Granade, Ayesha Khan, Linda Barnette, Katie Lang, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Kim…

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Barry Lynn

The Washington Post over the weekend published a rather silly column online by Judd Birdsall, managing director of the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies, asserting that opponents of same-sex marriage had reacted gracefully to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, Tim Wildmon, Rick Scarborough, richard land, Judd Birdsall, Ken Paxton, Bobby Jindal, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court
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Gary Wright

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is a personal reflection by Gary Wright, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that sought to end Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. The legal action was sponsored by Americans United and three other groups. Read more

Gary Wright, same-sex marriage, Alabama, Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, National Center for Lesbian Rights, U.S. Navy, Decision Day Countdown
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Charles Gokey

Editor’s Note: This blog post is the third and final in a series by Americans United’s Legal Department examining possible outcomes in the marriage equality case currently pending before the Supreme Court. This post discusses what will likely happen if the high court issues a split decision.  Read more

Decision Day Countdown, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, Obergefell v. Hodges
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