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Tell Us Your Story - Americans United Youth Activist Award

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Each year, Americans United for Separation of Church and State recognizes a young person who has advocated for religious freedom and church-state separation in their community. Americans United will present the 2017 Youth Activist Award at its Annual Meeting in the fall in Washington, DC. To be considered for this award, please share you story at http://www.austudents.org/story/. You must be 25 years of age or younger.

by Erin Hagen
published by Americans United

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Vickie Sandell Stangl: U.S. government is secular

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hobby Lobby, Hemispheres and the Mardel stores had a full-page ad in the Sunday Eagle arguing that America is a Christian government. The full historical facts reveal a far different story from the one these giant retail chains would like Americans to believe...

by Vickie Sandell Stangl
published by The Wichita Eagle

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Victory! Religious Freedom Bill (SB 175) will not be Advanced in KS House

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A press conference was held to urge legislators to oppose SB 175, which would allow religious groups at public universities to discriminate against members, and yet still receive public funding through student fees for their club. Speaker Merrick announced that he was not planning on giving SB 175 a vote in the house.

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Groundbreaking AU report debunks claims of widespread religious liberty abuses in military

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

[AU (national)] report, "Clear and Present Falsehoods: The Real State of Religious Freedom in the Military," responds to a publication by the Family Research Council (FRC) that purports to chronicle widespread instances of "hostility towards religious belief and its expression in the military." In fact, the FRC report (titled "A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military") is merely a list of overblown and inaccurate claims, built on a tissue of distortions, half-truths and hearsay.

published by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (national)

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Limits on Legislative Prayer

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Although the Supreme Court ruled that local governments can open their meetings with ceremonial prayer, certain things must be kept in mind.

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Snapshots From The Supreme Court: Justices Ponder Limits Of Religious Expression In Birth Control Case

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

by Simon Brown
published by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (national)

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Rally on Capitol steps decries House Bill 2453, demands equality for gay Kansans

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Includes remarks from Great Plains AU Board Member Rev. Kent Little. (Read Rev. Little's full rally statement on his blog.)

by Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle Topeka Bureau reporter
published by The Olathe News

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KCC employee uses state email to air intent to 'extol King Jesus'

Saturday, January 11, 2014

by Andy Marso
published by Topeka Capital-Journal

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A note from our friends at the local ACLU chapter...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Effective October 1, 2013, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri became the ACLU of Missouri, and the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri became the ACLU of Kansas.

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Football Game Prayers in Liberal: Resolved

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Liberal School Board had previously voted to allow the school's public address system to be used by students to pray before football games. The Board voted to rescind its policy and has replaced it with an acceptable policy.

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Faith And Foreign Policy: New State Department Office Promotes Religious Engagement

Friday, August 9, 2013

by Sarah Jones
published by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

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Full-page July 4th Ad in The Wichita Eagle

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Every year, the owners of the craft store chain, Hobby Lobby, run a very misleading ad in newspapers nationwide, suggesting the U.S. is a Christian nation. Now we're running this truthful ad to counter Hobby Lobby.

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Senate Voucher Victory!: Religious School Subsidy Defeated, But The Fight Isn't Over

Monday, March 25, 2013

by Simon Brown
published by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (national)

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Strange Gods: The Religious Right’s Offensive Response To The Tragedy In Connecticut

Saturday, December 15, 2012

by Rob Boston, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans United
published by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (national)

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The God Glut

Monday, December 10, 2012

by Frank Bruni
published by The New York Times

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Secular group rips Kansas Gov. Brownback for his promotion of faith rally

Monday, December 10, 2012

published by FoxNews.com

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Local town will change seal after group says it's unconstitutional

Sunday, November 25, 2012

by Matt Horn, KSN reporter
published by KSN

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Prayer in public meetings common in Kansas

Sunday, November 25, 2012

by Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World reporter
published by The Lawrence Journal-World

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Undue Influence

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

by Michael Alldaffer, Great Plains AU Board Member
published by The Wichita Eagle, Letters to the Editor

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Imposing Religion

Sunday, July 3, 2011

by Vickie Sandell Stangle, Great Plains AU President
published by The Wichita Eagle, Letters to the Editor

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Faith-Based Frenzy: Kansas Governor Preaches Religion As Solution To Social Problems

Monday, June 27, 2011

by Sandhya Bathija, National Americans United for Separation of Church and State Communications Associate
published by The Wall of Separation

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Cardinal Brownback builds his theocratic state

Sunday, January 23, 2011

by Vickie Sandell Stangl, Great Plains AU President
published by The Kansas Free Press

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El Dorado Correctional Facility Stalling on Inmates Requesting Secular/Humanist Call Out Time

Sunday, October 10, 2010

by Vickie Sandell Stangl, Great Plains AU President
published by The Kansas Free Press

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Room for all in City Council invocations

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

by Rhonda Holman
published by The Wichita Eagle Editorial Staff

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Don't impose faith in government meetings

Sunday, July 25, 2010

by Vickie Sandell Stangl, Great Plains AU President
published by The Wichita Eagle, Letters to the Editor

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Council members defend prayer at council meetings

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

by Brent Wistrom
published by The Wichita Eagle

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