The ACLU protects the freedom to practice any religion, or no religion at all. We work to prevent an excessive entanglement of government and religion, as the framers of our Constitution intended. We advocate for the free exercise of religion, including the rights of Muslims and Jews to wear religiously appropriate headgear, for Jehovah’s Witnesses to refrain from saluting the flag and accepting medical treatment, and for the Santeria to engage in ritual animal sacrifice. We oppose government endorsements of religion, including Latin crosses displayed on government buildings, prayer at public school graduation ceremonies, and the statutory command that school children pray or reflect during a daily moment of silence. We also oppose government aid to religious activity, including tuition tax credits for religious education, legislative earmarks for religious institutions, and special treatment for and direct sponsorship of the Boy Scouts (which practices religious discrimination).
Complaint filed with the Department of Human Rights CHICAGO – A young couple’s dream day turned into a nightmare after the owner of an Inn offering wedding services would not... Continue reading
Report Shows 3 in 10 Illinois Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Prohibit Essential Health Care for Women
CHICAGO – The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a facility that complies... Continue reading
The State Journal-Register has a story about upcoming free speech activity in the capitol building in Springfield. A series of displays from various religious, non-religious and advocacy groups will be... Continue reading
A proposal by members of the Saline County Board to post a plaque with the Ten Commandments on the property of the County Courthouse recently drew a sharp objection from... Continue reading