Separation of Church and State

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.

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.

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams January 24, 1814

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 07:16

"Dear Sir

I have great need of the indulgence so kindly extended to me in your favor of December 25, of permitting me to answer your friendly letters at my leisure.  My frequent and long absences from home are a first cause of tardiness in my correspondence, and a second the accumulation of business during my absence, some of which imperiously commands first attentions.  I am now in arrear to you for your letters of November 12, 14, 16, December 3, 19, 25.

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How to Separate Church & State: A Manual From the Trenches

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Thu, 11/24/2016 - 19:13

" Barry McGowan has over 20 years of experience in activism supporting the separation of church and state. How to Separate Church & State distills his accumulated knowledge into a handy practical guide to some very timely topics. Rather than a politico-philosophical discussion of the subject, it’s a concise how-to with practical do-it-yourself solutions anyone can implement on a budget, in their spare time."