Blog of Rights

Questioned at the Border: Hassan Shibly

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:09pm
Over the past several years, at ports, land border crossings, and international airports across the country, U.S. citizens and lawful residents who are Muslim or who are perceived to be Muslim have been targeted by CBP officers for questioning about deeply personal beliefs, associations and religious practices protected by the First Amendment.

Persecuting Muslims...From Sea to Shining Sea

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:04pm

"While there was no large-scale communal violence against religious minorities during the reporting period, attacks on . . . Muslims and their places of worship continued, along with incidences of intolerance . . ."

Pop quiz! To…

Mayor Bloomberg Stands Up for Religious Freedom

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:11pm

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg should get a standing ovation for his teary-eyed speech yesterday in defense of pluralism and religious freedom with regard to the proposal to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero.

"We…

Texas School Board Puts on a Show

By Terri Burke, ACLU of Texas at 5:27pm

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Texas' Liberty blog.)

There was a time when many of us thought the cheapest, best live theater in Texas was in the Pink Granite building at the end of Congress Ave. in Austin.

No more.

It’s…

A Case of Abuse of Power in Texas

By Frank Knaack, ACLU of Texas at 2:39pm

Today, the ACLU of Texas released its report (PDF) analyzing the new curriculum standards proposed by the Texas State Board of Education. The report finds the board's ability to insert members' own ideological and religious beliefs into the public…

Standing Up for Trafficking Victims

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:29pm

Yesterday, Change.org's Amanda Koer published an interview with the ACLU's Brigitte Amiri about our lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A: Why do you think it is important…

ACLU Scholarship Winner Takes On Texas Textbook Takeover

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:00am

Yesterday, we posted about the Texas Textbook Takeover and what you can do to stop it. We hope you'll join us in taking action, and we wanted to tell you about a former ACLU scholarship winner who's also getting involved!

Matthew LaClair…

Anti-Gay Preaching at Fresno City College Doesn't Fly

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:10am

Today, the LGBT Project and the ACLU of Northern California sent a letter to Fresno City College demanding that the college do something about the anti-gay preaching of health science professor Dr. Bradley Lopez. In his introductory health class…

ACLU of Tennessee and Huckabee (?!) Agree on Religious Freedom in Schools

By Lindsay Kee, ACLU of Tennessee at 2:08pm
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A Cross is a Cross, Especially on Government Land

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:46am

Today, the ACLU and ACLU of San Diego will argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Mt. Soledad cross, a Latin cross that sits atop federal land in Southern California, violates the First Amendment prohibition against government-endorsed…