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Tomorrow is the day…

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.

Going to the Women’s March? Here’s your Sign

Check these out, available for printing in various sizes.

Signs!

Various locations in the Twin Cities do sign printing at these sizes, including Blick Art Materials and Fedex/Kinkos.

First Cup! Post-election discussion

Dear Minnesota American’s United Chapter Members

Please join the AU board on November 17th for a “First Cup” post election discussion on Separation of Church and State issues. We will be talking about the results at the federal and state level, how these might affect separation questions over the next few years, and what you can do to help. We will again be providing the first cup of coffee for everyone that attends.

We will be meeting at the Uptown Lund’s upstairs community meeting room at 6:30 PM. Address is 1450 West Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408.

RSVP here if you will be attending!

Please take this opportunity to renew your membership if you have not done so already. Remember to choose the MN chapter when renewing. Americans United makes renewal an easy process online at this link. https://support.au.org/donate

Question for the candidates

Does religious freedom mean the right to discriminate against other people, to harm them and take away their rights?

That’s Americans United’s simple and direct question for the candidates during the October 9thpresidential debate. We’d like to hear what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have to say about it.

Religious freedom is a fundamental value that Americans United has been fighting to protect for seven decades.  It has always guaranteed us the right to believe – or not – as we see fit, and the right to act on our beliefs so long as we don’t harm others.

But now people are trying to hijack religious freedom and claim that it means the right to discriminate,including the right to refuse services to LGBTQ Americans….the right of bosses to interfere (based on religion) with their employees’ access to medical services…the right to use religion to make moral decisions for others.

We don’t believe religious freedom means any of those things – and we’d like to hear what the candidates have to say.

The moderators of the next debate have agreed to consider questions that get the top votes on the Open Debate Coalition website. AU has listed this one:

Will you ensure religion isn’t used as an excuse to discriminate and harm others?

It’s a compelling question, an important one, but it won’t get asked without your help. Vote for our questionhere. And spread the word by sharing this message on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for your help!

Coffee (on us!) and discussion

Join us for coffee, and your first drink is on us!  Meet and greet the AU board for an open discussion Separation of Church and State issues and how the results of the election in November might affect them.

We will be meeting 6:30 PM, Oct 6th at the Dunn Brothers Coffee upstairs meeting room at 201 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Please take this opportunity to renew your membership if you have not done so already.   Remember to choose the MN chapter when renewing.  Americans United makes renewal an easy process online at this link.

 

Religious freedom vs. Religious discrimination

At a post up on scotusblog.com (where we regularly turn to find the latest rulings and discussion about legal matters before the Supreme Court), Americans United’s legal Director Richard Katskee discusses the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley case.  A ruling for the Church in that case could be very damaging to the separation of church and state, and Katskee lays out the case why.

KY: Kim Davis in trouble again

What happens when respect for the rule of law is thrown out the window for religious reasons.

But Davis and Liberty Counsel don’t want to cooperate.

“There’s nothing to reveal here,” said Mat Staver, the group’s founder and lead attorney. Staver, who says he represents Davis for free, told the state that the requested documents are legally exempt from review.

The attorney general’s office asked to examine the documents in a private review to determine if they are indeed exempt from the open-records laws. Liberty Counsel refused even this request. That, the attorney general’s office says, goes too far.

“An agency cannot benefit from intentionally frustrating the attorney general’s review of an open records request. Such result would subvert the General Assembly’s intent behind providing review by the attorney general,” said Assistant Attorney General Matt Jones. The attorney general’s opinion carries the force of law, and Staver is considering his options.