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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Public Support for a Church’s School

This is the case of Liberty Lutheran School, in Columbia, Missouri,  that asked for Missouri government support for their playground upgrade.  The AU comment on this is at:

Missouri Church Aid Case Will Be Heard by the Supreme Court

Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia would like to get public funding to improve their preschool playground. After their application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was denied, they sued in federal court, claiming that they had been discriminated against. They lost

Exchange of Letters to the Editor on state support of Catholic Schools

On September 6, a Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was published, advocating taxpayer support for special needs education in Catholic schools. (Click link to read). Our response (below) appeared in the 9/10 edition. Unfortunately, they omitted my

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Those of us who care about separation of church and state, and about religious tolerance and accommodation in American life, ­often wish that knowledge of the beliefs of the major religions could be taught in schools, to lay the foundation

Our Chapter Provides Guidance to Religious Ministries about Political Activities

We are pleased to announce that the St. Louis Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State provided a free forum to leaders of religious organizations about what the law allows them to do, or precludes them from

SJR 39 Dies in Committee

The proposed law that would have enshrined religious discrimination in our state constitution died, mercifully, in the Missouri House committee that was considering it. It had been passed by the Republican majority in the Senate, after receiving no Democratic Party support

Look Who’s On Our Side

An Op-Ed against SJR 39, “SJR 39 will hurt Missourians and Missouri companies” appeared in the April 12 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  It was signed by the top executives of Monsanto, MasterCard, KC Southern, Civic Progress, Washington University,

St. Louis Chapter Provides Guidance to Teachers

We were pleased to be able to provide on March 16 the expertise of our President, Cynthia Holmes and Board members Chris Guinther and Helene Sherman in a webinar, “Faith And Our Public Schools”, for the Missouri chapter of the National

Video Highlights from the National AU Meeting

Three of our Board members attended the recent (November, 2015) Annual Meeting of AU in Washington, DC.  Two of the highlights occurred on the last afternoon of the meeting, when Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn introduced Bishop John Shelby Spong,

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Barry Lynn on Diane Rehm radio show

Americans United national Executive Director Barry Lynn appeared on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR (KWMU 90.7 in St. Louis) on Wednesday morning, October 28, 2015.  It is accessible in the show’s archive.  The link is :

We couldn’t have said it better

Kerri Levine of St. Louis wrote a Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that was published on Saturday, May 2. It describes some of the dangers of mixing religion with government. Here is the link:

Ballwin Rejects Endorsement of Religion Sign

Partially in response to our President, attorney Cynthia Holmes, (there were others also encouraging  in this direction), the Ballwin City Council voted September 23, 2014 not to accept a “free” sign saying “In God We Trust” to be posted in their