Religious Liberty

The goal of the ACLU of Maryland’s work on freedom of religion and belief is to guarantee that all are free to follow and practice their faith – or no faith at all – without governmental influence or interference.  Government must not prefer religion over non-religion nor favor particular faiths over others. At the same time, the ACLU acts to protect the equally important and related constitutional right to exercise and express religious beliefs and individual conscience.

Recent Activity

ACLU of Maryland Joins 41 Affiliates to Demand Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

News article, April 12, 2017

Trump administration cannot ignore the public's right to know

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Advocates Slam Maryland Senate Leadership for Failing Immigrant and Muslim Families

News article, April 11, 2017

Stand Ready to Protect Immigrants Against ICE

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Muslim ban challenge

Legal case, February 23, 2017

Federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's Muslim ban executive order

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Groups File New Challenge to Trump Muslim Ban

News article, February 7, 2017

ACLU of Maryland proud to join the effort to defend the rights of immigrants and Muslims

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Regional ACLU Affiliates File FOIA on Trump's Immigration Ban

News article, February 3, 2017

FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated National Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates

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Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools

News article, August 5, 2016

Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget

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ACLU of Maryland Applauds President Obama's Visit to Baltimore Mosque

News article, February 3, 2016

Our state and nation are strengthened when we recognize our common humanity

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ARCHIVE: Hassan Sader vs. American Airlines

Legal case, November 18, 2015

in 2002, the ACLU of Maryland represented a U.S. citizen of Moroccan descent who was removed from an American Airlines flight because a passenger was not comfortable sitting next to him and because his name was Hassan.

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ACLU Speaks out Against Governor Hogan's Call to Bar Syrian Refugees

News article, November 17, 2015

Governor's decision goes against our common humanity

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AG letter of advice re Student Assistance Organization Business Grants

News article, April 8, 2015

Letter addresses $5 million in dedicated funding in Governor's Supplemental Budget #2

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ACLU Opposes Diversion of State Funds to Subsidize Private and Religious Schools

News article, April 2, 2015

Governor Hogan Adds $5 Million in Supplemental Appropriation

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Supreme Court Allows Private Companies to Discriminate Against Employees by Denying Contraception Coverage

News article, June 30, 2014

Employers Allowed to Use Religious Beliefs to Refuse to Comply With Law Requiring Contraception Coverage

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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ACLU Decries Taxpayer Dollars Diverted to Private Schools in State Budget

News article, April 2, 2013

Public money should be for public schools

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Local Group Concerned About Hurlock Council's Sectarian Prayer

News article, May 31, 2012

ACLU, Local Ministers Raise Religious Liberty Concerns Over Sectarian Prayers at Hurlock Town Meetings

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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ARCHIVE: Statement of ACLU-MD client Hassan Sader

News article, June 4, 2010

Statement of ACLU of Maryland client Hassan Sader on being racially profiled and wrongfully removed from an airline flight

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ARCHIVE: ACLU defends U.S. citizen removed from flight for appearing Muslim

News article, June 4, 2010

In 2002, the ACLU represented a U.S. Citizen of Moroccan descent removed from airline flight because he appeared Muslim

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