Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Columbia Chapter

About Us


About Americans United

About the Columbia Chapter

About Our Issues


The Rev. Barry Lynn,
Executive Director of Americans United
with Columbia Chapter leaders,
March 11, 2013 at a local chapter event.
Photo by Dan Domenigoni


About The Columbia Chapter

Who We Are

Our chapter membership includes religious and non- religious people who come together to work locally in support of religious liberty and church/state separation.

Chapter Officers – 2014- 2015

President: Bruce Adams
Vice President: Don Leadroot
Secretary: Craig Dewey
Treasurer: Linda Bley
Meetup Host: Susan Gates

What We Believe

We believe that separation of church and state is essential to our democracy. It prevents government interference in religious practice and belief and prohibits government from favoring any particular religion or religion in general. These ideas strengthen both our democracy and religious liberty.

What We Do

Our chapter strives to be an effective voice, locally, in matters of church/state separation. We meet regularly to discuss issues and to plan educational programs and events. In addition, we work with our national organization to advance their programs and to alert them to problems that may arise in our area.

We facilitate discussion of church/state issues and work to keep our members and our community informed about them.

We engage and inform our elected leaders and citizens as they make decisions that may impact church/state separation.

We work to preserve religious rights that are guaranteed by the US or state constitution.

We encourage you to join us! Become a member!


About Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders. At that time, proposals were pending in the U.S. Congress to extend government aid to private religious schools. Many Americans opposed this idea, insisting that government support for religious education would violate church-state separation. The decision was made to form a national organization to promote this point of view and defend the separation principle.

Since 1947, Americans United has led the way in defending the separation of church and state, the cornerstone of religious liberty in America, as a non-sectarian, non-partisan organization.

Today AU has 75,000 members, including Christians, Jews, Buddhists, people with no religious affiliation and others. Democrats, Republicans and independents have joined our ranks.

AU does not take positions on theological questions and does not oppose any group because of its religious beliefs. AU works to defend the free exercise of all religions as protected by the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any effort to use government power to force anyone to support, take part in or fund religion.

AU opposes efforts by the Religious Right to impose its theological views on the public by governmental action. The Religious Right's attempt to force all Americans to accept its religious doctrines as law is one of the greatest threats to religious freedom today.


Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) www.au.org

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

The Columbia Chapter of AU is based in the greater Portland/Vancouver area, and is the only chapter in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

You may join our chapter or be on our email list no matter where you live. Contact us: keepthemseparate@aol.com

last updated 5/22/2014