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When Is a Church Not a Church?

Journalist Katherine Stewart was AU’s “Person of the Year” in 2014.  She has written widely and deeply on issues of church and state, including her most recent book, “Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children“, that

Johnson Amendment repeal is not dead, after all!

While the attempt to exclude repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which prevents churches and other 501(c)(3) charities from campaigning in elections, from the sweeping tax “reform” law was successful, there are numerous bills in the Senate that are attempting to

AU Letter from Nikolas Nartowicz on Senate Bill 612

January 29, 2018 Re: Oppose SB 612 – Tuition Tax Credits (Vouchers) Are Bad Education Policy Dear Senator: On behalf of the Missouri chapters, members, and supporters of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, I write to express

The Johnson Amendment Survived!

An op-ed by Ellen P. Aprill about why the Johnson Amendment is so important was published in the New York Times on December 10. The Washington Post reported on December 11 that the repeal no longer appears in the GOP tax “reform”

Karen Aroesty Pinch-Hits at our Annual Meeting April 20

We had planned to have State Representative Stacey Newman, who represents the 87th district give us an update on happenings in the legislature, but her work in Jefferson City kept her there. However, we were very pleased and fortunate to

AU Executive Director Barry Lynn Announces Retirement

Rev. Lynn has provided outstanding leadership to AU for 25 years. He has visited our Chapter many times, and will be missed. The announcement of his retirement at the end of 2017 is on the AU national website.

Thank You to the St. Louis Chapter on Thanksgiving

  What a year.  Through all of the ups and downs, one thing has remained constant – your dedication to church-state separation and your support of Americans United’s efforts to protect this fundamental guarantee of freedom. On behalf of AU’s

Remember to vote against Amendment 3 in Missouri

Missouri Senate acts in Blatantly Unconstitutional Manner

After using a drastic procedural maneuver to end a 36-hour Democratic filibuster, Republicans in the Missouri Senate yesterday (3/9/2016) voted for SJR 39, that would allow discrimination against same-sex wedding ceremonies, in direct contravention to recent US Supreme Court rulings.

Recommended book

  AU Board members have been reading a very interesting but very depressing (from our point of view) book, “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children“, by Katherine Stewart.  Because of a 2001 Supreme Court

Creationism by Another Name by AU Board Member Kwame Mensah

Most Americans will agree that academic freedom is important in any educational setting. In 1987, the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling that invalidated a Louisiana law that required public schools in that state to offer a “balanced treatment”