Ohio has long been a state in which the encroachment of religious privilege has threatened to undermine American principles of secularism and equality. The many religious right movements that operate in Ohio and influence its politics make the work of this chapter even more crucial. Many people do not understand that secularism and laws that protect it are as valuable to religious freedom as to non-religious peoples' rights. The rhetoric of the religious right, while it functions to obscure and confuse people on that fact, is misleading. Luckily there are chapters like AU Ohio that stand up to the bullies who posture as victims in attempting to grab power. My parents are both devout Christians and defenders of church-state separation. Thankfully AU Ohio is behind them and supports their principled politics.
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Americans United conducts itself professionally and works very hard to better the lives of all U.S. citizens. As a donor for over a decade, I have been impressed by their varied activities, consistent dedication, and practical approach. They definitely put your contributions (whether money, time, or other support) to good use.
The separation of church and state is a fundamental principle that allows the best functioning of both our national and local governments and the authentic expression of religious belief and action. The Ohio Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is at work protecting that principle in the Buckeye state. Still growing, Ohio AU is becoming an effective advocate for religious liberty, political freedom, and individual rights and dignity. As a local member in Columbus I value Ohio AU's presence, voice, and action on behalf of our fellow citizens. Challenges loom ahead but Ohio AU will face them firmly and respectfully.