First Amendment

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.

Federal Court: Unconstitutional To Hold High School Graduation In Church

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 07:56

"The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 that high school graduations held in a church violate the constitution. The case concerned graduations held in Elmbrook Church, a non-denominational evangelical church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

A panel of the 7th Circuit ruled last year that holding graduations in the church was not unconstitutional but the full court disagreed, ruling that the symbols present in the church, including a large cross, amounted to a government endorsement of a particular religion.

5 Ways Churches Get Preferential Treatment and Benefit from Legal Loopholes

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 07:54

"Many conservative religious leaders insist that houses of worship in America today struggle under intense persecution. To hear some of the Catholic bishops tell it, religious freedom may soon be a memory because they don’t always get their way in policy debates.

It would be highly ironic if the United States, the nation that perfected religious liberty and enshrined it in the Constitution’s First Amendment, had become hostile to the rights of religious groups.

The (No) ‘Establishment’ Clause

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 07:18

The (No) ‘Establishment’ Clause by Ronald Thomas West

There is little question the American founders were, without exception, ‘believers’ in a supreme deity or that is to say “God.” Their commonality of belief ends with that statement. The (no) ‘Establishment’ clause of the anti-federalist founders (as opposed the ‘Federalist’ founders) enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, derived from a consensus there could never be any one religion in supremacy in these United States.

Scott Statement on Congress' Vote Reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 07:13

 WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today on Congress' vote on H. Con. Res. 13, a resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions:

Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:29

"Increasingly, conservative religious groups are using religious liberty as a sword to lash out at others. In this forcefully argued defense of the separation of church and state, Robert Boston makes it clear that the religious freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment is an individual right, the right of personal conscience, not a license allowing religious organizations to discriminate against and control others.