There are so many reasons to oppose vouchers: they threaten religious liberty, deprive students of rights and protections, and lack accountability. Vouchers don’t improve academic achievement and several recent studies have shown remarkably dismal results: students who used vouchers actually performed worse on standardized tests than their peers .
Take a moment: click here to contact your U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative, and state legislators today and tell them you want them to oppose any bills that would authorize private school vouchers.
Or even better, contact your legislators directly over the phone: find your Minnesota legislator here.
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Washington state Supreme Court Says There’s No Constitutional Right To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples
The Washington Supreme Court has now vindicated AU’s argument. In a lengthy, 9-0 decision, the court first confirms that Stutzman did indeed violate the Washington Law Against Discrimination; it then goes on to reject her claims that the Constitution gives her a right to break the law.
In a 9-0 decision, no less! This is the basis of true religious freedom: you can believe whatever you like, but you are not free to use those beliefs to discriminate against people.
As a response to Donald Trump’s comments this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast where he once again promised to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, here are some links that talk about why that would be such a terrible idea. But in summary: people have the right to support candidates using their own resources. They don’t have the right to use government resources to do so. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing partisan politics, and 501(c)3 organizations (like churches OR groups like ours, Americans United) should be firm in their rejection of calls to allow it.
And let’s be clear: churches and pastors CAN engage in politics and endorse candidates or parties if they want to. They just need to give up their tax-exempt status to do so, so that other taxpayers are not subsidizing their political activism.
On January 20th, Donald Trump and Mike Pence will take the oath of office. They will swear to uphold the Constitution. But there is every indication they will dishonor it every chance they get.
That’s why Americans United for Separation of Church and State is asking concerned citizens all across the country to join us in pledging to hold them accountable during the next four years, and to protect and defend our democracy when they do not.
Sign up and please also make a donation to provide AU with the critical funds to win the battles that lie ahead.