Why we care

The Constitution mandates it. Most Americans believe in it. But today it is under threat as never before.

Church-state separation stands as one of the foundations of our nation. Because of it, Americans enjoy unparalleled religious liberty and nurture one of the most vital religious communities in the world. Separation guarantees the freedom to worship or not to worship as you choose.

Today powerful religious leaders and misguided politicians have joined forces to undercut the First Amendment.

Since 1947, Americans United has worked to protect the constitutional principle of church-state separation, a vital cornerstone of religious liberty. Americans of many faiths and political viewpoints, individuals from all walks of life, have come together to defend our freedoms.

Mandatory prayer in public schools, tax dollars for parochial schools, government intrusion into religious affairs and meddling partisan politics by religious groups are among the troubling issues that threaten the protective wall between church and state. Daily, we confront these problems and those who seek to force their religious views on the public.

Founded in 1947, Americans United, representing more than 60,000 individual members and some 4,000 churches and religious groups, stands as one of the most respected and trusted organizations working to preserve this nation's heritage of freedom. This national advocacy organization is devoted to the preservation of the First Amendment's religious liberty provisions.

With the national office in the Washington, D.C. area and a network of members and volunteers in all 50 states, Americans United fights vigorously on behalf of all citizens.