Private organization that, using legal channels, attempts to prevent any governmental aid to religious schools or social service providers.
After the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township
Americans United sponsors litigation, provides legal counsel, and submits friend-of-the-court briefs in an effort to persuade the Supreme Court to interpret the First Amendment’s prohibition of “laws respecting an establishment of religion” to prevent any governmental aid to religiously sponsored schools or social service providers. Its influence can be seen in Lemon v. Kurtzman
From its beginning, Americans United has been controversial. Supporters contend that it is a nonpartisan champion of religious freedom. Critics insist that it pursues a secularist liberal political agenda motivated by animus against conservative religious believers, particularly Roman Catholics
Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township
Religion, establishment of
Religion, freedom of